Course Code: epi
In this first lesson, you will get on overview of the variety of programs, approaches, and methods available, as well as discover how you can personalize your instruction for every class you teach. You will learn about the traits that all successful teachers share and how you can add them to your own personal approach. Then you will begin exploring how you can create a motivating classroom environment. You will look at how you can learn about your students’ different learning styles and needs so you can shape activities to meet their needs. You will also look at the most motivating form of instruction: student-centered teaching.
This lesson will be entirely devoted to planning. You will begin by looking at the objectives for the course you are teaching, looking at what you have accomplished in your class, and what you hope to accomplish. This is the key to planning and teaching with confidence. Then you will discover how to take your students’ different learning levels and integrate skills, fluency, and accuracy in your activities.
Learn strategies for teaching listening such as: focused listening, listening for comprehension, making predictions, and guessing at the meaning of unfamiliar words using the context. Then you will explore ways to lead your students to the point of creative expression. This will include providing them with vocabulary, structures, and strategies. You will learn about equipping them through drills and dialogues, and how to promote conversation and freer communication by incorporating cooperative learning and problem-solving activities to foster fluency and encourage participation.
Explore how to design reading tasks that will be appropriate for your students’ levels and help them become more independent learners. Then you will look into different approaches you can use to teach writing. You will discover how to design activities that will prepare your students to write, support them while they are writing, and help them polish their work.
In this lesson you will examine an approach to teach grammar and pronunciation. You will discover the importance of context, and you will gain a variety of ideas from meaningful activities. Then you will learn about the vital role that application activities play in helping your students transfer the language and skills they learn in the classroom to the real world.
In this final lesson, you will look at assessment and discover a variety of tools to track your students’ ongoing progress, give them encouragement, and adjust your teaching to better meet their needs. Then you will learn how to become a more reflective teacher by exploring your own personal teaching philosophy. You will discover ways to evaluate your performance and get some ideas for making changes when necessary. The purpose of reflecting is to see how you are doing, where you could be more effective, and how to help your students succeed.
Rob Jenkins is an Associate Professor of English as a Second Language at Santa Ana College, School of Continuing Education in California. He is also the Faculty Development Chair of a thriving professional development program at that institution, as well as the CALPRO (California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project) Professional Development Center Manager for Orange County, California. Rob is the coauthor of the popular textbook series Stand Out: Standards-Based English. In addition, he wrote the Lesson Planner for The Heinle Picture Dictionary.
Charletta Bowen will be your facilitator in the Discussion Areas. She is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and has been teaching ESL for 30 years. She currently teaches advanced level students at a university in the U.S.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.