In this course you'll learn how build a comprehensive EFL/ESL (English as a Foreign or Second Language) course and complete a syllabus that engages your learners by having them create individualized course textbooks. You'll be able to make your students active learners who are directly involved in course content choices that promote self-learning. And you'll be able to readily adapt your syllabus in no time so as to accommodate different pedagogical goals, student proficiency levels, teaching resource availability, and course time lengths.
You learn a little about myself as well as the rationale behind making this course and how it is structured.
Here you'll learn more details about the course and one good way that you can follow along via the downloadable materials.
I'll show you step by step how to get your students going on making their own course texts. It's a good idea to have the sample text page from lecture 2 and the downloadable materials from this lecture, either in hand now or after watching the lecture.
You'll learn how the students can use their course texts in class group activities and I'll model a brief student presentation.
You'll see how do much more than just watch while students are in a self-learning activity. You'll get ideas the flow of learning steady, on dealing with class management issues that may arrive, and on recording student work and choices for future testing and assessment.
After watching this, you should understand how other other issues can affect, and possibly restrict, how or what you can organize materials and teach, especially across cultures.
But the end of this lecture, you'll have a good idea on formulating an action plan for introducing and/or enhancing targeted media analysis and productive skills.
If you are in an ESL/EFL setting you'll likely need to target a range of skills to improve student proficiency levels. You''ll be able to see how I've used checklists with an eye to quickly preparing a syllabus going forward. Downloadable files here include doc/docx variants that you can modify.
By the end of this video you have a quick idea of as to what I've done, and you can too, o introduce productive media outcomes to classes.
By the end of this video you be able to build, modify and extend an effective, well-organized media-based EFL/ESL syllabus of your own.
I'll give you some ideas, and provide some online links as well, for you to take your skills checklists and get some of the resources you might need teach those topics.
I'll give you some ideas on quickly building quizzes using student-created work and then on evaluating/grading them in a reasonably fair subjective manner.
I'll quickly summarize what you've learned.
Richard Humphries has over twenty years of teaching and course development experience in English as a Foreign Language. He was awarded an MATESL degree from St. Michael's College in Vermont, as well as another MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
Originally from New Jersey, Richard started teaching in Japan in 1985. Although he taught all age groups, eventually he focused his energies on teaching at the university level. He's given presentations on teaching methods at conferences, written on language methods and issues for publications and conducted varied workshops on teaching, conflict and media-related topics. As for direct media experience, he's written over 150 articles for Asian newspapers and magazines and helped to launch an English-language, weekly business magazine in Southeast Asia.