The course has been created for language teachers who want to develop their current knowledge of language teaching practices while trying out and creating effective and interesting activities for second language learners of all levels. Course participants will learn about incorporating advanced teaching methods into their lessons as well as become an expert in the teaching of content (academic subject matter) and language (also known as CLIL) in this well organized and very enjoyable two-week course.
Week 1: focuses on advanced strategies and methodologies for teaching a second language. Topics include: warm up activities, student centered learning, practicing and observing communicative activities such as role-play, information gap, and problem solving; Task Based Learning (TBL) and the TBL framework, teaching pronunciation creatively, the basics of Content Based Instruction (CBI) for both adult and young learners, contextualized grammar teaching, personal classroom management solutions to the challenges of every course participant, ways for providing constructive feedback, assessment, peer observation, and professional development tips.
Week 2: focuses solely on the integration of language and content in teaching and will be useful to both language and academic subject teachers who are active in the combination of teaching content and language (CLIL) in their classrooms. The Italian city of Florence will be used as content and a daily excursion related to course content will be part of each day’s lesson. Topics covered: planning, preparing, and implementing content activities for non-native speakers of a language.
This second week takes a deeper and integrated skills approach to understanding CLIL (or content based) methodology and introduces course participants to how the teaching language and course content (academic or otherwise) can relate to their own classroom practice. This course includes activity planning, CLIL resources, and aids in the preparation of relevant and creative materials. This second week will also include excursions to important places that relate to course content every day of the week.
By the end of this two-week course, participants will learn the key principles of developing captivating materials and gain important knowledge in combining attractive content with effective second language teaching. Participants will become more aware of how to create appropriate and motivating activities to non-native speakers of any language. Finally, Participants will leave the Florence having learned more about the history, people, and places that have made Florence a one-of-a-kind city with a very unique past and present.
Short teaching presentations will be required during this two-week course for sharing best practices and professional development purposes.
- Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
- Teacher trainers; Careers officers;
- Headteachers; Principals.
Head teacher of Languages Courses: Sheila Corwin
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