This course provides learners with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages and learning contexts. They will discuss and practice a variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, course participants will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. They will examine what “best practices” means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and use of English incorporates modern technologies.
At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:
- Compare and contrast traditional and modern second language teaching methods
- Examine their current instructional strategies for ways to provide active, student-centered learning that helps develop learners’ self-efficacy and supports lifelong learning
- Develop effective activities for listening, speaking, reading, and writing
- Develop a lesson activity that incorporates critical thinking and problem solving skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, decision making, and creative thinking)
- List learning style differences and the needs of diverse learners
- Summarize the impact reflective teaching has on teachers’ perspectives toward teaching English and their classroom practice, as well as learners’ attitudes and motivations to learn English
Target Audience: Adult non-native English-speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities..
Course is provided by UMBC on behalf of the American English E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI 360.