Teach English Now! Foundational Principles

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Course 1 of 4 in the TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now! Specialization

Through a series of engaging metaphors and stories, prospective and current EFL/ESL teachers will identify, summarize, and evaluate 7 basic language learning paradigms. Learners will be presented information on such foundational principles as motivation, risk taking, two different modes of learning, and balancing the teacher profession. Learners are also given an understanding of basic techniques founded on those principles, such as teacher talk, looking “ridiculous” in order to lower the affective filter, and networking. With these foundational principles in mind, ESL/EFL teachers will scrutinize common assumptions about language learning by comparing how they stack up to research-based core principles.
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Субтитры: English, Spanish, Ukrainian

Чему вы научитесь

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    Describe the distinction between learning and acquisition
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    Maintain control of a classroom and avoid teacher burnout
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    Understand ways to motivate and properly engage students
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    Use technology to your advantage in the classroom
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Прибл. 14 ч. на завершение

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Субтитры: English, Spanish, Ukrainian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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6 hours to complete

Module 1: Making Meaning Clear

This course introduces learners to the role of a teacher in helping to motivate and properly engage learners. It begins with a metaphor: language is cake, meaning that language must be presented well in order to be enjoyed (we will actually perform a skit to show this meaning clearly). This module will demonstrate how a teacher can encourage a student and increase motivation by paying attention to techniques such as improving teacher talk, scaffolding language, and the use of body language to make meaning clear. All of these skills, while gained over the course of a lifetime as a language teacher, must be considered primary goals from the very beginning. And all of these skills help a teacher recognize that presentation skills make a difference to learners not only in motivating them, but in allowing them to understand the concepts presented. ...
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8 videos (Total 58 min), 4 readings, 6 quizzes
Video8 videos
Video 1: Language is Cake2m
Video 2: Language is Cake: Technique and Content7m
Video 3: Making Meaning Clear8m
Video 4: Teacher Talk7m
Video 5: Scaffolding5m
Video 6: Summary and Essential Question3m
Teacher Talk Example (Advanced)21m
SvgReading4 readings
Welcome Guide to the Teach English Now! MOOC10m
Why Intrinsic Motivation Matters10m
The Input Hypothesis10m
Optimal Input is Comprehensible10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Welcome Guide10m
Checkpoint 16m
Checkpoint 210m
Module 1 Review Quiz20m

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3 hours to complete

Module 2: Modes of Learning and Interaction

In this module, learners are introduced to the distinction between learning and acquisition. The distinction is made to help give learners context for the principle that language requires practice. To introduce the importance of practice, the distinction between a focused and diffuse mode of learning demonstrates that students who simply learn through memorizing vocabulary and grammar structures (focused mode) often don’t acquire language structures. On the other hand, teachers who engage students in both a focused and diffuse mode, like a basketball coach with his players, are able to instruct but give time for that instruction to “sink in” through dedicated practice. ...
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5 videos (Total 22 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 2: Two Modes of Learning3m
Video 3: Language is Basketball6m
Video 4: Practice in the Two Modes7m
Video 5: Summary and Essential Question3m
SvgReading2 readings
Accuracy vs. Fluency: Find a Balance and Keep Moving Forward10m
The Acquisition-Learning Distinction10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 112m
Checkpoint 26m
Module 2 Review Quiz20m

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4 hours to complete

Module 3: Taking Risks and Learner Strategies

Using language learning expert Francois Gouin’s experience of going to Germany and failing to learn German, this module demonstrates the need for learners to understand how a language is learned. Gouin’s experience demonstrates not only the need for a diffuse mode of learning wherein practice is valued, but it also demonstrates the psyche of many second language learners. Francois, in some sense, was too smart for his own good, relying on techniques for learning material that don’t apply to language use and application. Students must use techniques and strategies that are proven to help someone acquire language, like those from the good language learner studies. Teachers can facilitate student learning by helping to demonstrate good language learner principles. ...
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5 videos (Total 27 min), 6 readings, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 2: Lowering the Affective Filter4m
Video 3: Language Learner Strategies7m
Video 4: Good Language Learner Strategies6m
Video 5: Summary and Essential Question2m
SvgReading6 readings
Teaching Language Learning Strategies10m
The Lightning Bug10m
Three Korean Girls10m
Fifty-five Hours10m
Pieces10m
The Affective Filter Hypothesis10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 110m
Checkpoint 26m
Module 3 Review Quiz20m

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3 hours to complete

Module 4: The Flipped Model of Language Learning

While it was once considered impossible to be immersed in English outside of an English-speaking country, with the advent of the internet, the world has changed and continues to change significantly. This module presents ways in which to use the internet and other resources to a teacher’s advantage, and helps a teacher recognize their ability to engage students on cell phones, tablets, and computers. Introduction of the flipped classroom, meaning that learners can engage in focused material (videos, readings, etc) outside the classroom, and then engage in projects, exercises, and discussions within it....
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5 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 2: Thinking Outside the Classroom Box4m
Video 3: Language Learning Online4m
Video 4: Student Autonomy3m
Video 5: Summary and Essential Question2m
SvgReading1 readings
Opening the Classroom Door10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 16m
Checkpoint 26m
Module 4 Review Quiz16m

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Module 5: Avoiding Teacher Burnout

This module introduces the concept of teacher burnout, and several techniques to avoid it. The first technique is the creation of a network. By creating a network of teachers to help you understand your field, you can learn new ideas and have a resource for solving difficult problems. The second technique, maintaining control of your teaching environment, demonstrates the need for teachers to understand how to best make a difference and avoid the pitfalls of complaining. Finally, the third technique, finding your core, explains that teachers can, paradoxically, maintain energy by working tirelessly for the principles they most believe in. ...
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5 videos (Total 26 min), 4 quizzes
Video5 videos
Video 2: Teaching is a Team Sport6m
Video 3: Freaking Out Over Control8m
Video 4: Lighting Fires3m
Video 5: Summary and Essential Question3m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 16m
Checkpoint 26m
Module 5 Review quiz10m

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1 hour to complete

Module 6: Assessment

This review of the course guides learners to understand the different metaphors that serve as guides to understanding the foundational principles presented in this course. ...
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1 video (Total 5 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
SvgReading1 readings
Taxonomy of Language Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Assessment30m
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By APMay 18th 2017

It was great!\n\nThe teachers are very enthusiastic and the choice of contents was very well made. I have recommended this series of courses to a couple friends. Hope they enjoy it as much as I did.

By SSNov 1st 2017

Fantastic course. We learn a lot without feeling overwhelmed in any way because the course has been structured beautifully to convey information in a clear and concise manner.\n\nHighly recommend!

Instructors

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Dr. Justin Shewell

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Dr. Shane Dixon

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Andrea Mürau Haraway

International Educator

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