The aim of this course is to familiarise student teachers with the practicalities of teaching in the context of teaching English to primary, secondary and tertiary students. Student teachers ought to work with the cooperating teacher of a particular class. At the end of the teaching practice, student teachers submit a teaching portfolio which includes observation reports, lesson plans, teaching materials development and reflective reports based on self-reflection. It is important that lesson plans reflect sound understanding of the practicalities of teaching and that student teachers approach their teaching in a critical way.
By the end of this course, student teachers will have learned how to:
• Make coherent and explicit lesson plans
• Reflect upon their own as well as others’ teaching in a critical way
• Select appropriate teaching materials for a given class
• Give effective instructions
• Teach English through English.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course gives the opportunity to student teachers to link theory with practice, once they are allocated to a school setting. During their teaching practice they become familiarized with the classroom reality. They are actually called to design and implement activities that are suitable for a particular teaching situation. Student teachers develop observation skills, design activities and whole lessons, manage the classroom and develop their reflective thinking.
teaching, feedback, lesson planning, reflective thinking, developing teaching materials
Additional bibliography for study
Cohen, L. Manion, L. and Morrison, K. 2002. A Guide to Teaching Practice. London; RoutledgeFalmer (pp. 186-219 and 281-357).
Gower, R., Phillips, D. and Walters, S. 2005. Teaching Practice: A Handbook for Teachers in Training. Oxford: Macmillan
Sougari, A,-M. 2006. Teaching English in the Primary Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Practice. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press.
Convery, A. and Coyle, D. 1999. Differentiation and Individual Learners: A Guide for Classroom Practice. London: CILT.
Davis, P. and Rinvolucri, M. 1988. Dictation: New Methods, New Possibilities. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Harmer, J. 1998. How to Teach English. Harlow: Longman.
Harmer, J. 2010. The Practice of English Language Teaching. Pearson Longman.
Prodromou, L. 1992. Mixed-ability Classes. London: Macmillan Publishers.
Puchta, H. and Schratz, M. 1993. Teaching Teenagers. England: Longman.
Richards, J. and Lockhart, C. 1996. Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Scrivener, J. 2005. Learning Teaching: A Guidebook for English Language Teachers. Oxford: Heinemann ELT.
Ur, P. 1996. A Course in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.