About This Course
This course, provided by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is designed to provide you with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts. You will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, you will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. In addition, you will examine what best practices means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and the use of English incorporates modern technologies.
A big welcome to all of you who have decided to learn about different methodologies that will help you enrich your English teaching portfolio. In this course you will consider the cultural and teaching implications of English as an international language. You will explore various language teaching methods, approaches, and principles, and learn about learner-centered teaching.
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Each module will open with a warm-up, so you can think about what you already know. This is a good teaching practice as well that you can adopt in your own class because it helps learners connect new learning to what they already know, so they can remember it better.
Each module also has optional discussions, where we encourage you to share ideas, resources, and also to discuss your learning with your colleagues. These discussions are not graded, but they will certainly enrich your learning experience.
Good luck on this wonderful journey of English Methodology!
Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes
By the end of the course, you will be able to
- Explain the significance of teaching English as an international language;
- Examine your current instructional strategies for ways to provide active, student-centered learning that helps develop learners’ self-efficacy and supports lifelong learning;
- List learning style differences and the needs of diverse learners;
- Identify principles and strategies for teaching integrated language skills;
- Develop effective activities for listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
- Develop professionally in the field of TESOL by participating in a virtual community of practice and by preparing materials to share in your local community of professionals.
Participants are expected to:
- Spend from 3-5 hours on course work each module;
- Read and review module materials, including presentations, readings, handouts, and videos;
- Complete all self-graded module quizzes;
- Discuss approaches and techniques learned in each module and reflect on the implications for teaching English in their classroom or context (optional);
- Prepare lesson activities that actively engage learners in higher-order thinking processes and clearly activate learner reflection, inquiry, critical thinking, and problem-solving;
- Reflect on ways to continue learning after this course and share new knowledge with others;
- Use appropriate netiquette (online behavior) for communicating respectfully.
This course was designed to be taken over a 12-week period, with participants working on and offline between 3 and 5 hours every week. To allow flexibility in scheduling, this MOOC is open for 12 weeks, from April 11 to July 5, 2022. Participants are responsible for their own participation, and you may complete course assignments at any time during these 12 weeks after the module opens. The Content Support Discussion Board and the optional module discussions are monitored by facilitators. You are also welcome, as a MOOC participant, to answer any questions posted there that you are the able to answer.
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Tips for appropriate Netiquette:
- Use a friendly tone, and remember that sometimes online comments may sometimes be misinterpreted.
- Expect the best from your colleagues and show them your best.
- Do not write in all capital letters. This is like yelling online.
- Try to be specific when talking about your context. (Do not assume others know what you mean).
- Try to keep your posts brief and to the point, and respect people’s time and bandwidth.
- Be professional, polite, and don’t post anything you don’t want others to share. What you say in your post is permanent, and can be seen by everyone.
Participants will work through each module sequentially. A score of 70% or higher is required to proceed to the next module. Readings, lectures, quizzes, and activities may be repeated as many times as needed to achieve 70%.
Academic Integrity (Honesty)
Participants must submit their own original work on all assignments. They must give credit to any other authors or resources they use. Your work should show your own ideas and thinking. Just like with open educational resources (OERs), where we give attribution to the work of others, if you submit something that contains ideas or words from another resource, you must give credit to the original author.
Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty, where a learner submits assignments that they did not do themselves. The following activities are not allowed:
- Copying and pasting the words or ideas of others (You must provide a citation for any ideas of quoted material: Source Title, Author, and Date)
- Submitting work written by another person (a colleague, friend, former participant). You must write your own discussion posts and assignments.
Cheating or presenting false information.
The final deadline for all course assignments is the course close date of July 5, 2022. No late work is accepted after July 5, 2022.
About The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program
The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program offers two types of professional development opportunities for English language educators: Global Online Courses and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The OPEN Program Courses are freely open for any interested participants.
All OPEN Programs courses use the latest in instructional technology to provide participants with an interactive distance-learning experience and are designed to familiarize participating teachers with current methods and issues in the field of English as a Foreign Language.
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The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) Program also connects participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues.
The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) program offers virtual learning opportunities to foreign English language educators, professionals and learners worldwide. OPEN promotes the mutual exchange of culture and provides free access to teaching and learning materials that can be reused, adapted, and shared with others. OPEN professional development opportunities are developed by U.S. academic institutions and experts in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
The Online Professional English Network (OPEN) offers professional development courses for English language teachers and educators, as well as other professionals around the world. The goal of the program is to increase the capacity of participants to use English effectively in their professional contexts, increase access to openly licensed learning materials, increase understanding of U.S. society, culture and values, provide opportunities for mutual exchange, and build the capacity of participants to apply what they have learned within their educational and professional communities.
The OPEN program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State (Links to an external site.), Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, with funding from the U.S. government, is administered by FHI 360.
The professional development opportunities offered through the program are designed and taught by a variety of partners, including universities, non-profit companies, private sector partners, and consultants. Together, the U.S. Department of State, FHI 360, and our partners offer online professional development opportunities to English educators and learners in over 100 countries.
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OPEN offers online courses on a variety of topics, including teacher training topics such as Critical Thinking, Educational Technology, Assessment, and Teaching English to Young Learners, among others, as well as English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses such as English for Media Literacy, English for Journalism, and English Communications for Health Professionals, among others.
- Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting
- Teaching Grammar Communicatively
- Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom
- Teaching English to Young Learners
- Professional Development for Teacher Trainers
- Content-based Instruction
- TESOL Methodology
- Assessment of English Language Learners
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About Canvas Network
Canvas Network is an open space for educators to share, experiment, analyze, and create.
To promote OPENNESS, INNOVATION, and EXPERIMENTATION in education by providing educators access to professional development courses and programs that will help them thrive and succeed in their careers.
To Canvas Network ‘open’ means:
- Open entry and open access. Open entry for learners around the globe and continual access to course content after the course end date.
- Open content. Open licensing options and content sharing to Canvas Commons where other instructors reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute content.
- Open platform and ecosystem. Open platform to integrate and innovate with third-party tools.
- Open data. Open, de-identified Canvas Network data for researchers to analyze and synthesize.
- Platform neutrality. Your course. Your goals. Your way. We provide the platform for open innovation and experimentation.
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