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.
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.
- Ice-breaking activities. Find someone who and interview questions.
- Useful phrases for understanding.
- Discovery task 1: What are the most important things a teacher can do to help students?
- The "four strands" of language teaching (from Paul Nation).
- Meaning focused input.
- Meaning focused output.
- Language focused learning.
- Fluency development.
- Pronunciation tips and practice.
- Game 1.
- Discovery task 2: What words, phrases, and expressions will your students need to learn English?
- Expanded answers.
- Game 2.
- Open ended questions.
- Echo and follow-up questions.
- Discovery task 3: What English words do your students already know? Japanese loanwords.
- How to tweak activities and why it is important.
- Putting it all together.
Based on what takes place on July 29, I will probably modify the course to meet your needs. So please be flexible about changes.
- 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.
- Final in-class test.
Suggested readings and resources
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: