Entry Requirements/ Participants
This course is for practising classroom teachers of English at secondary and tertiary level. It is open to both native speakers of English and non-native speakers. You should have an advanced level of English. If you are in doubt about the suitability of your level of English for the course, please contact IALS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course is for classroom teachers who are interested in how to teach grammar in ways which reflect how English is actually used in context. It develops awareness of the form, meaning and use of selected grammar items and explores options for teaching, drawing on insights from research in second language acquisition and applied linguistics.
The course has two main components: language description and ELT methodology.
The course will enable you to:
- analyse how context affects the selection, deployment and interpretation of language forms in natural discourse
- identify features of the form, meaning and use of particular language items which may pose difficulties for learners
- develop awareness of the principles underpinning current good practice with regard to teaching grammar
- gain practical experience in evaluating, designing, and adapting grammar teaching materials
The approach used is reflective, combining task-based learning, experiential learning and tutor input. The emphasis throughout is on active participation, reflection and discussion of language, teaching practice and principles.
Course activities include:
- awareness-raising tasks generating discussion and analysis of the use of certain grammar items in particular contexts
- discussion of various methodological options for teaching grammar
- experiential tasks leading to reflection and evaluation of sample teaching materials and activities
- project workshop tasks on adapting and designing materials and activities for teaching grammar.
The course consists of a series of one-week modules. Participants may enrol for a minimum of two consecutive modules. The following modules will be offered in 2010:
Week 1 â€“ Grammar: Form, Meaning and Use
Week 2 â€“ Grammar in Spoken English
Week 3 â€“ Grammar, Discourse and Social Context