Welcome. I hope that you will find our day working together useful, helpful, and worthwhile. You will spend most of the class working with your classmates to:
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.
Learn how to modify activities easily.
You will spend most of the time working in pairs or groups carrying out tasks and finding answers to problems I present to you.
This workshop is a discovery process. I am not here to teach you but help you work together to discover solutions.
The course is made up of four 90 minute sessions. We will begin and end each section with a review.
Questions for discussion.
A brief introduction/review of Bloom's Taxonomy and how we plan backwards
Useful phrases for understanding.
Discovery task: What words, phrases, expressions, and habits will your students need to learn English and how can you teach them?
Learning to model expanded answers and open ended questions.
Different kinds of activities.
The "Four Strands".
How to to teach anything with Fruit Basket.
Review and reflection.
Suggested readings and resources
Grant Wiggins’ Blog. He passed away last year but this guy really 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?
Workshop slide show
An interesting talk to make you think