Classroom teachers! Have you heard about flipping your classroom but are not sure what it means, what the benefits are and how you can do it?
What does this course do? - This 1 hour online video teacher-training course shows classroom teachers how to turn your classes back to front so that more learning takes place both outside and inside the classroom.
What will you get? - In the course you'll get access to 17 video lectures that explain what flipping is and how it benefits students' learning. You'll learn how to front-load your classes using free technology, AND how to deliver new learning content to students if you don't have access to the internet.
Even better, you'll learn how to analyze hands-on, interactive language learning activities so that students learn more, faster. And most importantly, you'll learn techniques that completely flip the classroom! Learn how to show students how to make, implement and assess their own language learning activities. No more teacher-fronted, passive learning. Say hello to motivated students taking responsibility for their own learning. Welcome to the flipped classroom!
"Expert guidance how how to flip your class." - Michael Lim
"A pleasure to listen to." - Angelika Davey
Why take this course with me? - I'm an experienced English teacher and teacher-trainer. I've been using these techniques in my classes in Japan, America and Italy since the mid-1990's. I know they work! I want to share these ideas with you so that your students can learn more in your classes, faster.
Welcome to the course! This introduction gives you a quick working definition of, and justification for flipping your class.
Find out why you should take this course with me! Spoiler alert - it is about the benefits to the students.
What does F-L-I-P stand for? And what does flipping your class mean for language teachers?
The evidence is anecdotal, but there are some great benefits to flipping your class - and they all lead to students learning more, faster.
Flipping your classroom is a two-step process. This section looks at how to front-load with technology and gives some ideas on what to do if you and your students don't have access to the internet.
There is a lot of free technology that is suitable for front-loading your flipped classes. This lecture lists some of the more common software and techniques.
Not all of us have access to technology or even the skills or desire to use it. It is still possible to create flipped classes with front-loaded content without technology. This lecture gives a couple of pointers of what to do without it.
A quick summary of the main ideas in this section.
A flipped language classroom usually relies on hands-on, interactive, fluency-oriented activities. This section analyzes the criteria or aspects we should be aware of when we make language learning activities for our students, and then shows you how you can get your students to make their own activities.
Co-opting some ideas from business goal-setting we're going to find out if our activities are SMART+.
This lecture focuses on different techniques for going beyond the conventional flipped classroom for both language teachers AND other subject teachers. The main point is that once your students know how to use the SMART+ criteria they can make their own activities and a world of learning opens up.
A brief summary of the main ideas in this section.
There are a few possible 'issues' that we need to prepare for when we begin to flip our classes. What are they and how can we avoid or resolve them?
A quick summary of the main ideas in this section.
What are some golden tips to remember when we start to flip our classes?
Well done! You made it! I hope this course will be useful and that you will try out these techniques in your own classes.
Please let me know how it can be improved.
Hi! My name's Giles Parker. By way of a brief resume, I'm a dynamic EFL and ESL classroom teacher, a CELTA-qualified teacher-trainer, and an academic manager - which is like herding cats. I have 28 years teaching, training and managing experience in the UK, Asia, the USA, and now Italy, where I am based. I have published and presented research on ways teachers can improve ESL/EFL learning in a variety of forums. I developed an innovative teacher-training program for a large-scale client in the fast-food industry in the USA and led a development team to create revolutionary entrance exams at a major Japanese university during the 1990's. I was also repeatedly invited as a teacher-trainer for large-scale regional faculty development in Japan. I managed the expansion of a major (and to my mind still the best) online EFL teacher-training program in USA and guided the growth of CELTA training program there. I also managed and trained the great staff for a leading community college ESL lab - more cats!
In the EFL/ESL world it is important to have a couple of specialisms and I guess mine are focused on developing learner autonomy and learner-centered active learning strategies. I especially love the day-to-day teaching of academic composition and academic presentation for EFL and ESL students who usually have such low expectations at first but who are blown away when their writing dramatically improves, as it usually does. Another passion I have is for training and mentoring new EFL and ESL teachers. It is great to watch new teachers create better and better lessons for their students. Lastly, I really like representing the needs of ESL students to the wider community - there is a lot of misunderstanding out there. I hope this gives you a bit an insight into my background. Please let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to working with you in my courses.