By the end of this course, the participants should be able to
• approach the teaching situation critically,
• consider a number of teaching options regarding instructions, explanations, feedback, questions, use of teaching aids that could be easily implemented in their own teaching situation.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the classroom situation by watching video-taped classes and analysing the teaching situation. The students will be exposed to various teaching situations and their attention will be drawn to a number of issues; video-taped lessons will stimulate discussions which will revolve around a wide range of topics (e.g. asking questions, giving instructions, providing feedback).
Through guided observation, prospective teachers are expected to gain awareness of effective teaching so that they will make conscious effort to implement some of these techniques in their future practice. As part of this course, students will be encouraged to keep a diary in which they can record their inner thoughts about the topics raised in a particular session. Throughout the course, the need for reflective teaching will be highlighted and the ways in which this can be achieved will be considered.
Additional bibliography for study
Richards, J. and Lockhart, C. 1996. Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Brewster, J., Ellis, G. and Girard, D. 1991. The Primary English Teacher’s Guide. London: Penguin.
Cohen, L. and Manion, L.1989. A Guide to Teaching Practice. London: Routledge.
Duff, T. 1988. Explorations in Teacher Training: Problems and Issues. Harlow: Longman.
Ellis, G. and Brewster, J. 1991. The Story-Telling Handbook for Primary Teachers. London: Penguin.
Halliwell, S. and Jones, B. 1991. On Target: Teaching in the Target Language. CILT.
Harmer, J. 2001. The Practice of English Language Teaching. London: Longman.
Holden, S. (Ed.) Tearcher Training. London: Modern English Publications.
Martin, C. 1995. Games and Fun Activities. CILT.
Murphey, T. 1992. Music and Song. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Nunan, D. 1991. Language Teaching Methodology: A Textbook for Teachers. London: Prentice Hall.
Nunan, D. and Lamb, C. 1996. The Self-Directed Teacher: Managing the Learning Process. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Scrivener, J. 2005. Learning Teaching: A Guidebook for English Language Teachers. Oxford: Heinemann.
Tierney, D. and Humphreys, F. 1992. Improve your Image: The Effective Use of the OHP. CILT.
Ur, P. 1996. A Course in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wallace, M. 1993. Training Foreign Language Teachers: A Reflective Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wright, A. and Haleem, S. 1991. Visuals for the Language Classroom. Harlow: Longman.