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Shaping the Way We Teach English, 2: Paths to Success in ELT

University of Oregon via Coursera

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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.

This is the second of the two-part Shaping the Way We Teach English series. The first part is the Landscape of English Language Teaching. You can begin with either course.


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

Taught by

Deborah Healey, Jeff Magoto and Elizabeth Hanson-Smith



4.1 rating, based on 7 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I wish that all Ministries of Education around the world would endorse this course. There must be some way for the Department of State in US Embassies to collaborate with respective MOE in foreign countries.
    Most ELD teachers are not considering these critical components of effective instruction.
    Also TESOL - of my goodness, I just presented and attended an international conference in the Middle East -
    no idea what best practices are...

    Please consider more networking and endorsements. Thank you.
  • Kml

    Kml completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    The course bring some interesting ideas, but uses a lot of outdated approaches (90s, 00s)... more like a reinforcement of current teaching environment as opposed to advancing, so quite disappointing
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    Alexis Radney

    Alexis Radney completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    I think this course is a Wonderful resource for teachers Who want to develope skills in the teaching area.
    I liked the lesson plans worksheets so you can think in your own teaching practice
  • Maria Perez

    Maria Perez completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This course is outstanding. Course instructors are always there to help you. The interaction that takes place in the different forums between course participants is excellent.
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