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
Deborah Healey, Jeff Magoto and Elizabeth Hanson-Smith