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Join Scott Thornbury and a group of like-minded ELT professionals in this reading and discussion course focused on second language acquisition theory and its practical applications in the classroom.


The core text for this course is Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Goes to the Classroom by Florencia G. Henshaw and Maris D. Hawkins. Each week during this six-week course you will read and discuss one of the book's chapters. This course is a unique opportunity to take a deep dive into second Language acquisition with Scott Thornbury as your facilitator.

Common Ground is a book that aims to help language teachers understand and apply the most important concepts from second language acquisition (SLA) research. Each chapter is divided into two parts: the first part explains the theoretical foundations of SLA, such as input, output, interaction, feedback, and individual differences. The second part provides practical examples and activities for teaching different language skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary.

Each chapter

Live online Zoom sessions will be held six times in May and June, on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:00 UTC/GMT. Recordings will be available.Live sessions (registered participants only)

Live session dates: May 5, 12, 19, 26 and June 2 and 9.

Time: 10:00-11:00 UTC/GMT. Check your local time.

Cost: 280 USD

We can provide receipts for research funds, if needed.

Required book: In this course we will explore Common Ground: Second Language Research Theory Goes to the Classroom (Florencia G. Henshaw and Maris D. Hawkins, 2022). Participants are expected to have a copy of this book before the beginning of the course, and be prepared to read one chapter each week in preparation for live sessions.

Registration includes the six live sessions and unlimited discussions each week in a private forum. Upon successful completion of the course participants will receive a certificate verifying that they are an "iTDi Great Minds Educator".

About iTDi Great Minds in Language Education Courses

iTDi Great Minds in Language Education courses bring up to 25 teachers together in our user-friendly iTDi online classroom every Sunday, and then continue throughout the week – sharing, discussing and reflecting in a private, but vibrant, online community.

As a registered participant, don’t worry if you have to miss a live class or if the time for the live sessions doesn't work well for your time zone. You’ll receive weekly recordings of each class, full transcripts of the text chat during class, assigned readings and a PDF of the PowerPoint slides. Furthermore, the online community will certainly become a wealth of ideas and information, and will remain private and online for your use anytime in the future.


iTDi believes that all teachers deserve the same opportunity to improve themselves. Therefore, a limited number of scholarships will be available for this course. Please apply through our scholarship application.

Scott Thornbury:

Scott Thornbury is a teacher and a teacher educator, with over 40 years’ experience in English language teaching. Until recently, he taught on an online MA TESOL program for The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and his native New Zealand. Scott’s writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology including The A-Z of ELT, How to Teach Grammar and Teaching Unplugged. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP) and was also the co-founder of the Dogme ELT group. Scott’s thought-provoking blog, An A-Z of ELT, is a popular site for many teachers and has been adapted as an e-book, Big Questions in ELT. His most recent books are Scott Thornbury’s 30 Language Teaching Methods and Scott Thornbury’s 101 Grammar Questions.
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