Learn effective approaches to English language teaching. This is a FREE teacher training course based on the internationally-recognized Shaping the Way We Teach English videos and resources and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the University of Oregon. The course will begin November 09, 2015.
About the Course
This course is aimed at English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, both those who are intending to pursue this field as a career and those already working in the field who would like to revise and refresh their methods and approaches. The materials and approaches presented should complement college courses such as Introduction to TEFL/TESOL Methods.
This five-week course explores important aspects of teaching English as a second or foreign language. The goal of this course is to help you become a better teacher. By the end of this course, you should be able to explain how the various materials and approaches presented will lead to better language learning; you will be able to choose appropriate materials and apply varied classroom activities to improve your students’ study of English. You will also be able to better evaluate both your own and other teachers’ practices.
Topics for Paths to Success in English Language Teaching include:
- Week 1: Integrating skills and using tasks to motivate learners; project overview, introductions
- Week 2: Alternative assessment that shows what learners can do with language; lesson plan phase 1 is due
- Week 3: Incorporating individual learning differences in instruction; peer and self-evaluations are due
- Week 4: Ideas for effective classroom management; final lesson plan is due
- Week 5: Improving practice with reflective teaching; final peer and self-evaluations are due
Previous or current language teaching experience is desirable, but not necessary to take this course.
This is a collaborative course, where you enhance your English language teaching expertise by sharing ideas with others. The basis of this discussion will be a short video and reading each week. The videos are of master teachers in real classes around the world, providing a look into the international community of EFL teachers. Closed captioning helps you understand what the teachers and students are saying.
Each week, a reading on methods and teaching practices, written by teachers for teachers, adds perspective to the classroom videos. To share ideas about each week’s topics with others, you are invited to join discussion forums. In the discussions, you can contribute to the dialogue: Find out what other teachers do in their classes, ask questions, share and gain insights into classroom practice. These discussions will also help you formulate the culminating project.
For the culminating project, you will write a lesson plan incorporating some of the ideas from your readings, videos, and conversations with others. The project will build over the 5 weeks of the course, resulting in a practical, well-designed lesson that will demonstrate an understanding of the course material, and be truly meaningful for your students. As part of the project, you will read others’ lesson plans and offer constructive criticism. This peer reviewing activity will heighten your awareness of others’ assumptions about teaching and give you a window into how English learning proceeds in other cultures. With the peer reviews, you will also build a repertoire of completed lessons to share and experiment with.
As you watch and read and discuss, we hope you’ll build your creativity and flexibility as a teacher. The videos, readings, and discussion will give you plenty of food for thought, and help you answer these questions:
- How could this be adapted to my own classroom?
- How could this be adapted to my own students and culture?
- How could this be adapted to different materials and objectives?
Will I get a Certificate after completing this class?
Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment from the U.S. Department of State and the University of Oregon.
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