Course unit summary

  • Course introduction unit
  • Ten (10) training units
  • Fourteen (14) quizzes
  • Seventeen (17) review tests

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Introduction - Read Me First
  1. Important information about this course
  2. How to take a review lesson
  3. How to take an end of unit test
  4. Teaching and other resources
  5. Reference books
  6. Useful internet resource sites
  7. FREE ready-to-use classroom material
Unit 1 - Learning styles
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 1
  • Unit 1 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - The learning cycle and types of learners
    1. The KOLB learning cycle
    2. Types of learners
  • Section 2 - Teaching models that have influenced current teaching methods
    1. Teaching models
    2. Grammar-translation
    3. Audio-lingualism
    4. PPP: Presentation, Practice and Production
    5. Task-Based Learning
    6. Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)
  • Review lesson 1 - Learning and teaching models
  • Section 3 - Introduction to the lesson structure and presentation
    1. Introduction to the lesson structure
    2. The four commandments for presenting materials
    3. Attention
    4. Awareness
    5. Appreciate
    6. Assimiliate
    7. Presenting material
    8. Examples Of Presenting Material
  • Section 4 - Presenting explanations and instructions
    1. How to give explanations and instructions
    2. Make sure you have the class' full attention
    3. Present the information more than once
    4. Be brief
    5. Illustrate with examples
    6. Get feedback
  • Review lesson 2 - Lesson structure and presenting
  • Section 5 - What we know about language learning
    1. Our understanding of language learning
    2. What elements are necessary for language learning in a classroom?
    3. Engage, Study, Activate (ESA)
  • Section 6 - How engage, study and activate (ESA) fit together in lesson sequences
    1. Straight Line ESA
    2. Boomerang ESA
    3. Patchwork ESA
  • Review lesson 3 - Language learning and ESA
  • Unit 1 - End of unit test
Unit 2 – Motivation
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 2
  • Unit 2 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - Motivation
    1. Motivation
    2. The importance of motivation
    3. Different kinds of motivation
  • Section 2 - The teacher's responsibility
    1. Reflecting on the characteristics of a good teacher
    2. Results and conclusions
    3. Your responsibility as a teacher
  • Section 3 - Extrinsic motivation
    1. What is extrinsic motivation?
    2. Success and its rewards
    3. Failure and its penalties
    4. Authoritative Demands
    5. Tests
    6. Competition
  • Section 4 - Intrinsic motivation and interest
    1. What is intrinsic motivation?
    2. Ways to build student interest
    3. Hints and tips on how to build interest
      1. Clear goals
      2. Varied topics and tasks
      3. Visuals Tension and challenge games
      4. Entertainment activities
      5. Play-acting
      6. Information gap
      7. Personalisation
      8. Open-ended cues
  • Section 5 - Fluctuations in student interest
    1. Why does student interest go up and down?
    2. Managing rises and falls in student interest
  • Review lesson 4 - Motivation
  • Unit 2 - End of unit test
Unit 3 – Classroom interaction and management
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 3
  • Unit 3 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - Introduction to classroom interaction and management
    1. Getting off to a good start
    2. Show your enthusiasm
    3. Icebreaker activities
    4. Introducing yourself to your students
    5. Setting the course expectations
    6. Managing student questions
    7. Get feedback from your students
    8. A useful checklist for your first day in class
  • Review lesson 5 - Classroom interaction and management
  • Section 2 - Classroom interaction
    1. Some social aspects of classroom interaction
    2. Interaction in the classroom
    3. Initiation – Response – Feedback
    4. Suggested interactive teaching strategies
    5. Interaction, meaning and concepts
    6. Some additional points to bear in mind
  • Review lesson 6 - The classroom
  • Section 3 - Asking questions
    1. Asking questions
    2. Reasons for questioning
    3. Effective questioning
    4. A critical analysis of teacher questions
    5. Teacher questioning exchanges
    6. A critique of the teacher questioning exchanges and advice
  • Review lesson 7 - Asking questions
  • A review and test of section 3
  • Section 4 - Concept checking
    1. What is concept checking?
    2. Vehicles for concept checking
    3. Concept checking vocabulary
    4. Concept checking a grammar point
    5. Things to think about
  • Review lesson 8 - Concept checking
  • A review and test of section 4
  • Section 5 - Giving feedback
    1. What is feedback?
    2. Correcting mistakes
    3. Assessment
    4. Performing the assessment
    5. Assessment reference criteria
    6. Assessment grades
    7. Correcting mistakes in oral work
    8. Correcting written work
    9. Considerations for written feedback
    10. What do you think about feedback?
    11. Feedback opinion comparison
    12. The value of assessment and correction for learning
  • Review lesson 9 - Giving feedback
  • Section 6 - Classroom discipline
    1. Students keep using their language
    2. What if the students don't want to talk?
    3. Students are distracted and/or not paying attention
    4. Students are bored and/or unmotivated
    5. Students are unclear what to do or doing the wrong thing at the wrong time
    6. Strong student dominance
    7. Personality clashes
    8. Time management Lateness
  • Review lesson 10 - Classroom discipline
  • Section 7 - Teacher language, drilling and board work
    1. Teacher language
    2. Drilling
    3. Board work
  • Review lesson 11 - Teacher language, drilling and board work
  • Unit 3 - End of unit test
Unit 4 – How to teach English grammar
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 4
  • Unit 4 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - What is grammar?
    1. What is grammar?
    2. A general description of grammar
    3. Grammatical structures
    4. Grammatical meaning
  • Section 2 - Presenting and explaining grammar
    1. Presenting and explaining grammar
    2. Guidelines for presenting and explaining a new grammatical structure
    3. Learning how to explain English grammar
  • Section 3 - Present simple
    1. Present simple
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 3 - Present simple - Exercises 1 to 5
  • Section 4 - Present continuous
    1. Present continuous
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 4 - Present continuous - Exercises 6 to 11
  • Section 5 - Past simple and continuous
    1. Past simple and continuous
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 5 - Past simple and continuous - Exercises 12 to 15
  • Section 6 - Past perfect simple and continuous
    1. Past perfect simple and continuous
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 6 - Past perfect simple and continuous - Exercises 16 to 19
  • Section 7 - Present perfect simple
    1. Present perfect simple
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 7 - Present perfect simple - Exercises 20 to 24
  • Section 8 - Present perfect continuous
    1. Present perfect continuous
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 8 - Present perfect continuous - Exercises 25 to 26
  • Section 9 - Future
    1. Future
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 9 - Future - Exercises 27 to 34
  • Section 10 - Conditionals
    1. Conditionals
    2. Form
    3. Uses
    4. Exercises
  • Section 10 - Conditionals - Exercises 35 to 41
Unit 5 – How to teach vocabulary
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 5
  • Unit 5 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - Presenting new vocabulary
    1. Different ways of presenting new vocabulary
  • Section 2 - Ideas for vocabulary work in class
    1. Ideas for vocabulary work in class
    2. Brainstorming around an idea
    3. Star diagram example
    4. Fill in the blanks
  • Section 3 - Remembering vocabulary
    1. Remembering Vocabulary
    2. Task one - run a memory test
    3. Task two - tabulate the results
    4. Task three - analyse the results
    5. Results and teaching implications
  • Review lesson 12 - Teaching vocabulary
  • Unit 5 - End of unit test
Unit 6 – How to teach reading and writing
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 6
  • Unit 6 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - What is really involved in reading?
    1. Are reading and understanding connected?
    2. What is involved in reading?
    3. How do we read?
    4. Examining how we read
    5. Teaching reading guidelines
    6. Thinking about teaching the beginning of reading
    7. Guidelines for beginning reading
  • Review lesson 13 - What is really involved in reading?
  • Section 2 - Real-life reading in the classroom
    1. Simulating real-life reading situations
    2. A comprehension exercise - part 1
    3. A comprehension exercise - part 2
    4. A comprehension exercise - part 3
    5. Reading tasks other than standard questions
    6. Some ideas for reading task activities
  • Review lesson 14 - Real-life reading in the classroom
  • Section 3 - What do reading sequences look like?
    1. Exploit reading texts to the full
    2. Example reading sequences
    3. Example 1 - elementary level students - "Attraction"
      1. The "Main Attraction"
      2. Example 1 - follow-up exercise
    4. Example 2 - lower intermediate level students - "Ghosts"
      1. Sandford Orcas Manor
      2. Example 2 - follow-up exercise
    5. Example 3 - intermediate level students - "Sunbathing"
      1. Sunbathing
      2. Example 3 - follow-up exercises
    6. Example 4 - intermediate to advanced level students - "Poetry"
      1. Fire and Ice by Robert Frost
      2. Example 4 - follow-up exercises
  • Section 4 - Reading activities
    1. More reading activity suggestions
    2. Activities you can develop
  • Section 5 - Written versus spoken text
    1. Written and spoken text compared
      1. Permanence
      2. Explicitness
      3. Standard language
      4. Detachment
      5. The slowness of production, speed of reception
      6. A learned skill
      7. Sheer amount and importance
      8. Organisation
  • Review lesson 15 - Written versus spoken text
  • Section 6 - Tasks that stimulate writing
    1. Thinking about writing tasks
    2. Example writing tasks
      1. Book report
      2. Book review
      3. Instruction sheet
      4. Narrative
      5. Personal story
      6. Describe a view
      7. Describe someone
      8. Describe people
      9. Answer a letter
      10. Job application
      11. Propose a change
      12. News report
      13. Ideal school or job
      14. Describe a process
      15. Film music
  • Section 7 - More writing activities
    1. More ideas for writing activities
  • Section 8 - How to use written and spoken material in class
    1. Using written and spoken material in class
    2. Input and output skills
    3. Combining input and output
    4. Creating output activities
    5. Balancing input and output
    6. What input and output show you
    7. How to choose input and output activities
    8. Potential material selection problems
    9. Teaching writing – Basic skills
    10. Teaching speaking – Basic skills
    11. Teacher talk Specific
    12. Strategies/Activities
  • Unit 6 - End of unit test
Unit 7 – How to teach speaking and listening
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 7
  • Unit 7 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - Practice for verbal fluency
    1. Practice for verbal fluency
    2. Characteristics of a successful speaking activity
    3. Problems with speaking activities
    4. What you can do to get around these problems
  • Review lesson 16 - Verbal fluency
  • Section 2 - The functions of topic and task
    1. The functions of topic and task
    2. Exercise: Comparing two activities
    3. Topic and task-based activities
    4. Exercise: Trying out activities
    5. Pros and cons of the activities
  • Section 3 - Roleplay and related techniques
    1. Roleplay and related techniques
    2. Dialogue role play
    3. Plays
    4. Simulations
    5. Roleplay
  • Section 4 - What do speaking activities look like?
    1. What do speaking activities look like?
    2. Example 1: information gaps (elementary/intermediate)
    3. Example 2: surveys (elementary)
    4. Example 3: discussion (intermediate/upper intermediate)
    5. Example 4: role play (upper-intermediate/advanced)
    6. Roleplay extensions
  • Section 5 - Speaking activities
    1. How to use speaking activities
    2. Additional speaking activity suggestions
  • Section 6 - What is really involved in real-Life listening?
    1. Listening is crucial for real-life situations
    2. Real-life listening situations
    3. Characteristics of real-life listening situations
  • Section 7 - Real-life listening in the classroom
    1. Simulating real-life listening in the classroom
    2. Listening texts
    3. Listening tasks
  • Review lesson 17 - Listening
  • Section 8 - What do listening sequences look like?
    1. Example listening sequences
      1. Example 1: (elementary)
      2. Example 2: (elementary)
      3. Example 3: (intermediate)
      4. Example 4: (upper-intermediate)
  • Section 9 - Listening activities
    1. Types of listening activities
      1. No overt response
      2. Stories
      3. Songs
      4. Entertainment
    2. Short response activities
      1. Obeying instructions
      2. Ticking off items
      3. True/false
      4. Detecting mistakes
      5. Cloze
      6. Guessing definitions
      7. Skimming and scanning
      8. Longer response activities
      9. Answering questions
      10. Note-taking
      11. Summarising
      12. Long gap-filling
    3. Extended response activities
      1. Problem-solving
      2. Interpretation
    4. What if students don't understand the audio
      1. The problem
      2. Reasons why they may not understand
      3. Suggested solutions
    5. Storytelling
    6. Using ready-made material
  • Section 10 - Phonology and pronunciation
    1. An introduction to phonology and pronunciation
    2. The phonetic alphabet
    3. Sounds in combination
    4. Plosives
    5. Fricatives
    6. Intonation
    7. Rhythm
    8. Stressed and unstressed syllables
    9. Long or short stressed vowel sounds
    10. Difficult vowel sounds
    11. Vowels with different sounds
    12. Some difficult consonant sounds
    13. Accents
    14. General difficulties
    15. Vocabulary impact on pronunciation
  • Section 11 - Example games/exercises for pronunciation
    1. Shadow reading
    2. Syllables snap
    3. Word stress - Pellmanism
    4. The "Yes?!" game
    5. Sounds brainstorming board race
    6. Exercise: Pronunciation problems
      1. Audio track 1
      2. Audio track 2
      3. Audio track 3
      4. Audio track 4
  • Section 12 - How to use written and spoken material in class
    1. Using written and spoken material in class
    2. Input and output skills
    3. Combining input and output
    4. Creating output activities
    5. Balancing input and output
    6. What input and output show you
    7. How to choose input and output activities
    8. Potential material selection problems
    9. Teaching writing – Basic skills
    10. Teaching speaking – Basic skills
    11. Teacher talk Specific
    12. Strategies/Activities
  • Unit 7 - End of unit test
Unit 8 – How to plan effective lessons
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 8
  • Unit 8 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - How do I plan my lessons effectively?
    1. Effective lesson planning
    2. What are the aims of a lesson plan?
    3. What should be in a lesson plan?
  • Section 2 - Different lesson components
    1. Different lesson components
    2. Brainstorm planning exercise
    3. Component selection and organisation
    4. Guidelines for ordering lesson components
    5. Lesson management tips
    6. My lesson planning promise
  • Section 3 - Critique of a sample lesson plan
    1. A basic checklist for your critique
    2. The sample lesson plan
  • Section 4 - What are the best kinds of lesson?
    1. Evaluating lesson effectiveness
    2. Evaluation criteria priority
  • Section 5 - Ideas for planning lessons for different age groups
    1. Can we make assumptions about age and learning?
    2. Some comments about age assumptions
    3. Teaching children
    4. Using pictures
    5. Using stories
    6. Teaching adolescents
    7. How adolescents like to be taught
  • Section 6 - Classroom activities
    1. Survivor spelling
    2. What's your name?
    3. Human bingo - Getting to know you (I)
    4. Balls
    5. Getting to know a little more about your classmates
    6. Draw the teacher
    7. Acting adverbs Suppose that …
    8. Cut-Up sentence Kabadi
    9. Writing ideas
    10. Martian
    11. Punctuation
    12. Good morning balls
    13. Air-write
    14. Lost in a jungle
    15. Intonation fun
    16. Truth or lie?
    17. Syllables
    18. Karaoke
    19. Getting to know you (II)
    20. Extreme situations
    21. Spot the difference
    22. Add a word
    23. Song puzzle
    24. Hangman
    25. Simon Says
    26. Neither a lender nor a borrower be
    27. Ideas for teaching the conditional
  • Optional practical lesson planning exercises
  • Download lesson plan templates
  • List of suggested lesson plan topics
    1. Lesson topic ideas
      1. Beginner
      2. Intermediate
      3. Advanced
  • Samples of lesson plans
    1. Beginner
    2. Intermediate
    3. Advanced
  • Unit 8 - End of unit confirmation
Unit 9 – The teacher in action
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 9
  • Unit 9 reading material PDF file
  • Sample observation answers
  • Section 1 - Teacher observation exercise 1 - Advanced class
  • Section 2 - Teacher observation exercise 2 - Beginner class
  • Section 3 - Teacher observation exercise 3 - Intermediate class
  • Section 4 - Teacher observation exercise 4 - Beginner class
  • Unit 9 - End of unit confirmation
Unit 10 – Information, resources, jobs and ZOOM
  • READ ME FIRST - How to work through Unit 10
  • Unit 10 reading material PDF file
  • Section 1 - Jobs
    1. Types of jobs
    2. I want to teach in ……. but I don't speak the language
    3. What is teaching like?
    4. Pay and working conditions
    5. What about Visas etc.?
    6. Travel Visas
    7. Work Visas
    8. Do I have to make TESOL TEFL a career?
    9. Tips for how and when to apply for a job
    10. Writing your CV/resume
    11. Handling job interviews
    12. Moving on
    13. Teaching private classes
  • Section 2 - Teaching
    1. Problems you may encounter when teaching
      1. Interruptions
      2. Homework
      3. My country is the best
      4. My country has the best food, weather, people, quality of life ……
      5. I don't want to be in class
      6. Let's see what the teacher knows
      7. Overcrowded and/or mixed-ability classes
      8. False friends and spelling
    2. General tips on your relationship with your students
    3. Your appearance
    4. Private classes – your first face-to-face meeting
  • Section 3 - Employment resources
    1. WTS employment resources
    2. Other resources
    3. Lifetime job placement programme
    4. A sample CV/Resume generated by our job placement service
  • Section 4 - Video tutorial about the ZOOM meeting control panel
    1. The video describes the content shown on the ZOOM meeting control panel and gives a short explanation of all the buttons, icons and controls shown on the meeting screen.
    2. The video you will watch was created by ZOOM.
  • Section 5 - Video tutorial about how to share material in your ZOOM virtual classroom
    1. The video describes the content shown on the ZOOM meeting control panel and gives a short explanation of all the buttons, icons and controls shown on the meeting screen.
    2. The video you will watch was created by ZOOM.
  • Section 6 - Video tutorial about how to use ZOOM breakout rooms to group your students
    1. The video describes how to use ZOOM breakout rooms.
    2. The video you will watch was created by ZOOM.
  • Unit 10 - End of course feedback
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