The course has been created for English and other language teachers who want to deepen (and review) their knowledge of current language teaching practices and approaches while finding out more about effective and inclusive student-centered teaching methods. Course participants will learn more about incorporating Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) methodology into their lessons and participate in pair and group work throughout this well-structured and essential course.
Week 1: focuses motivation, foreign language learning and reflection (putting ourselves in our students shoes), understanding learners needs through needs analysis and assessment, learning styles and proficiency levels, grammar teaching review, language functions (useful language), authentic materials, interaction through pair and group work, games, lesson planning, culture in the classroom, classroom management and error correction, teaching the four skills (input versus output), and presentation work.
Week 2: 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.
Short teaching presentations will be required during this two-week course for sharing best practices and professional development purposes.
By the end of the course, participants will have learned how to engage their learners through a variety of tasks that encourage active participation and engagement from all learners. Participants will walk away with an assortment of new ideas and useful skills for creating and maintaining an inspiring learning environment in the language learning classroom. Particular attention will also be given to the sharing of different teaching experiences and practices.
- Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
- Teacher trainers;
- Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors;
Head teacher of languages courses: Sheila Corwin
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