Effective Language Teaching
- Course Description
- Learning Objectives
- Who should take this course
- Professional Training Certificate Core Course For:
- Instructor Biography
What approaches to language teaching are most effective? Topics in this course include: processes by which learners learn languages; types of teaching materials and activities for different levels and ages; how to encourage motivation and enthusiasm; and suggestions as to how to teach skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as the integration of those skills, or fluency. Whilst there is an ongoing debate amongst academics and researchers related to what constitutes an effective foreign language teaching (e.g., Bell, 2005; Ellis, 2008), practitioners and researchers are adopting, adapting and developing (Brown, 1995) their own teaching approaches, methodologies and techniques that are applicable the most in their teaching contexts. What is effective foreign language teaching? Who is an effective and/or good teacher? Are teachers born or made? (Ur, 1997)? This course will focus on potential effective and efficient language teaching strategies that are applicable in the context of Japan. This is a core course for the Teaching English to Japanese Learners certificate program and is therefore designed for current and prospective teachers.
Course participants will be able to:
1. choose relevant teaching materials for teaching English to various groups of students;
2. design lesson plans for teaching English language skills;
3. reflect on and scrutinize current ideas about teaching and learning English;
4. create a syllabus for an English course and/or a thematic unit
Who should take this course
1. the course is intended for current English language teachers;
2. for individuals who intend to pursue English language teacher career;
3. as a professional development course, for those who are interested in enhancing their understanding of teaching English as a second language in the context of Japan.