Recognizing that teachers are often involved in planning and developing courses as part of their responsibilities, the authors have set out to describe the factors which must be considered in constructing courses and materials. They cover: the fact-finding stage, establishing realistic goals, surveying existing programmes, realizing goals through instructional plans, selecting the shape of the syllabus, and considerations involved in constructing communicative curricula and syllabuses. All of these aspects are considered against current theories of language learning. Examples of different types of materials are discussed, and the process of creating materials is described as the link between the syllabus and the audience. It ends with a survey of the practical issues involved in organizing writing projects. It is intended for teachers (and teachers in training) who may be involved in course planning and materials development either on a larger scale, or simply within their own institution.
Reflection has become widely recognized as a crucial element in the professional growth of teachers. Terms such as reflective teaching enquiry-orientated teacher education, teachers as researchers and reflective practitioner have become quite prolific in discussions of classroom practice and professional development. It is frequently presumed that reflection is an intrinsically good and desirable aspect of teaching and teacher education and that teachers, in becoming more reflective, will in some sense be better teachers, though such claims have been rarely subject to detailed scrutiny.
"Comprehension Connections" is a guide to developing children's ability to fully understand texts by making the comprehension process achievable, accessible, and incremental. McGregor's approach sequences stages of learning for each strategy that take students from a fun object lesson to a nuanced and lasting understanding. Her lessons build bridges between the concrete and the abstract by incorporating writing, discussion, song, art, and movement into a web of creative connections that reinforce each strategy on a variety of levels.
Multiple Intelligences in EFL gives a brief overview of the latest research into multiple intelligences relevant for EFL. It shows how you can enrich your own teaching by systematically activating other intelligences in your language lessons and demonstrates what you can do so that more students feel 'addressed' in your class. This book will help you to appreciate otherwise hidden strengths in your students and provide fun lessons through over 70 clear and easy-to-follow 'teaching recipes'.
Includes stimulating topic areas for language practice, such as cultural achievements, cultural artefacts, and culturally-influenced beliefs, perceptions, and behaviour. Helps learners of English to understand English-speaking cultures, but also raises learners' awareness of their own and each others' cultures.
Lewis challenges the orthodox methods of teaching lexis, emphasising the need for learners to understand and utilise vocabulary in lexical chunks, as opposed to discrete words translated - usually inadequately - from L1 to L2. The approach requires a slight change in teaching methods to produce a major shift in the quality of language acquisition.
A language-awareness workbook which highlights and explores selected areas of grammar and vocabulary. The exercises are designed to confront myths and preconceived ideas, and to explore common areas of difficulty, while commentaries offer support to all users, especially English teachers.
"500 Activities for the Primary Classroom" is the answer to that perennial question of "What on earth am I going to do with my class tomorrow?" Aimed at teachers of children between the ages of 3-12, this is a lively, varied compendium of ideas and classroom activities. Key features include: wide-ranging resource of activities which are easy to set up and do not require a lot of additional materials; and up-to-date approach that covers current approaches in teaching children including content-based learning. It is ideal for all primary-focused teachers, including those on teacher training courses such as the Cambridge CELTYL. It is designed to be flexible to supplement a wide range of syllabus-types (story-based, grammatical, etc.).
A substantial shift in the way student teachers are trained has meant that increasing numbers of school teachers are now sharing the responsibility for student tuition with teacher training colleges. The mentoring pilot system has caused teachers anxiety due to a lack of guidelines on how to integrate the mentoring system into everyday school life. This volume provides teachers with practical advice on the creation and maintenance of mentoring programmes. It covers proactive supervision, the development of programmes, the programme criteria and future developments.