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(K-12/HE) Professional Development for English Teachers is a Course

(K-12/HE) Professional Development for English Teachers

Ended Aug 6, 2018

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Full course description

Course Date:

Apr 23 - Aug 6, 2018


10 weeks


5 hrs/week


See below

Course Type:



Certificate (free)


The focus of this workshop-oriented MOOC will be on "smart" lesson design strategies which incorporate critical thinking, reflective teaching and student-centered learning. It will also focus on ways to best meet the needs of varying classes, using available technology effectively, and enhancing curious learning inside and outside the classroom. Participants will discuss challenges and obstacles within their own teaching environments and discover innovative teaching practices to incorporate into their syllabi.


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Evaluate your natural strengths as a teacher and areas for improvement and evaluate your classes via the lens of communicative curriculum design.
  • Assess areas of reflective teaching to be implemented into your teaching practice.
  • Design lessons that are student-centered and incorporate meaningful vocabulary, listening, reading, and writing activities into their lessons.
  • Use reflection and peer interaction to improve your lifelong learning and professional development trajectory.

Requirements: Participants should dedicate up to 5 hours total each week to this course. Currently teaching, previous experience in teaching, or a desire to teach will be useful.

Target Audience: Teachers seeking professional development opportunities.

Course is offered by Ball State University.

Course Instructors

Cheri Ellefson

Cheri Ellefson

Lead Course Instructor

Cheri Ellefson is the Technology Director and Diversity Specialist for the Stevens Initiative at Ball State University, offering faculty training, online integration and gender-sensitive curriculum development. Read More.

Ellefson recently served as the P.I. and MOOC Bootcamp Lead Instructor in Pakistan, and Gender Specialist for a USAID grant with Kabul University in 2016. Ellefson has developed curriculum for gender studies and sociology courses at Ball State, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She holds a Master's degree in Sociology and an Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She received the Ball State Entrepreneurial Learning Academy Certificate summer 2017.

Kathy Ramos

Kathy Ramos

Lead Curriculum Instructor

Kathy Ramos has been the Assistant Director for Curriculum in the Intensive English Institute since 2012. Read More.

She holds a Master's degree in Linguistics and TESOL. Kathy has been in the ESL field with students from all over the world for over 10 years and has lived in the United States, Peru, and Slovakia. She speaks Spanish and has studied basic Slovak. Kathy enjoys helping students become proficient in English so they can be successful in their academic pursuits. Her most recent accomplishment is spearheading the IEI's successful pursuit of re-accreditation through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.