2017 Elementary School English Education Licensing Course


Welcome. I hope that you will find our two days working together useful, helpful, and worthwhile. You will spend most of the class working with your classmates to:

  • Improve your English communication skills.
  • Find out what English words and phrases you will need to teach your students English.
  • Find out what English words and phrases your students will need to learn English.
  • Discover ways to make learning English enjoyable and meaningful for you and your students.
  • Be able to talk about English teaching with other teachers, individually and in groups.

Course structure

You will spend most of the time working in pairs or groups carrying out tasks and finding answers to problems I present to you.

We will follow the YNU time schedule.
1st period: 8:50-10:20.
2cd period: 10:30-12:00.
Lunch: 12:00 to 13:00.
3rd period: 13:00-14:30.
4th period: 14:40-16:10.


July 29
August 5
Important notice:

Based on what takes place on July 29, I will probably modify the course to meet your needs. So please be flexible about changes.

  • Review.
  • Graded assignment 1.
  • Watch this talk by Ken Robinson about how schools affect students' creativity.
  • Graded activity 2.
  • More pronunciation practice: L and R.
  • Discovery task 5: Make a learning check-list for your students.
  • Review.
  • Final in-class test.

Suggested readings and resources

Slides from August 5 class


Grant Wiggins’ Blog. Mr. Wiggins passed away two years but he knew his stuff and was very, very smart. Kind of like what your father would say if he were a teacher.

The Institute for Effective Education Their newsletter “Best Evidence in Brief" usually has at least one interesting article that is useful.

Two Teachers Talking This is a once-a-month podcast I do with Tony Silva, who is probably the best teacher I know. Listen just to hear what he has to say.

Some books I have found useful:

Understanding by Design by Wiggins and McTighe.

Visible Learning for Teachers by John Hattie.

What do you need to know to learn a foreign language?

What Should Every EFL Teacher Know? by Paul Nation