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.
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.