The aim of this course is to familiarize student teachers with the practicalities of teaching in the context of English as a foreign language to primary, secondary and tertiary students. This course acts as an introductory course to Ling3-459 Practice in Teaching English as a Foreign Language II. Students are expected to attend a series of seminars such as the following:
- classroom management: Organization (classroom, teaching, communication), preventive measures and management of classroom misbehavior
- planning lessons
- dealing with learning difficulties
- input in the classroom (looking into effective questioning techniques, providing corrective feedback, selection and adaptation of teaching materials)
- using literature in the language classroom
- using technology
- Implementing appropriate teaching aids
- adopting drama in language teaching
- assessing learners' performance
By the end of this course, student teachers will have learned how to:
• Make coherent and explicit lesson plans
• Select appropriate teaching materials for a given class
- adopt differentiated instruction
• consider ways suitable for assessing learners' performance
- evaluate the effectiveness of activities suggested by their classmates
Course Content (Syllabus)
Students are expected to attend some seminars that familiarize them with practical issues pertinent to the teaching profession. More particularly, topics such as the following form the core of the course: classroom management, lesson planning, input, dealing with learning difficulties, using literature, teaching of pronunciation, using teaching aids and assessment.
lesson planning, language activities, selection and adaptation of teaching material, CALL, differentiated instruction, assessment, self-assessment
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.