Research and Practice: A Teacher’s Perspective

In this course, we will explore several issues related to the implementation of research-based insights — or not! — in classroom practice.

What kinds of research are there?
Which are more, or less, relevant to classroom practice?
Why do so few English teachers read or use the research?
In what ways may research usefully inform practice?

Throughout the course, participants will be introduced to a number of relatively recent research studies (as well as some older ones) on topics relevant to English teaching and learning. We will consider why, how – and, indeed, if – their conclusions may be implemented in our own teaching practice.

Goals of the course

  • To familiarize participants with a number of key research studies relevant to English language teaching (mostly, but not all, from the 21st century)
  • To share participants’ own experience of using (or not using) research resources in their own teaching
  • To discuss the ‘gap’ between research and practice: why don’t teachers use research very much?
  • To discuss how research can be used by practitioners through actual studies and suggested implementation strategies
  • To suggest ways in which participants can access relevant research within the limitations of a full-time teaching schedule

 

Live online Zoom sessions will be held six times in November and December, on Sundays from 11:00 to 12:00 UTC/GMT. Recordings will be available. Live sessions (registered participants only)

  • November 6th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • November 13th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • November 20th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • November 27h – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • December 4th – course participants only (60 minutes)
  • December 11th – course participants only (60 minutes)

Time: 11:00 – 12:00 UTC/GMT – Check your local time here: CONVERT TIME

 

Cost: $240 USD (We can provide receipts for research funds, if needed.)This course has no required book. Online versions of the research articles discussed during the course will be available on the iTDi website. Participants can see which articles will be discussed in upcoming sessions so they may read them in advance if they so wish.

Registration includes the six live sessions, access to readings, 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”.

Optional evaluation from Penny Ur: Participants will have a unique opportunity to receive personalized assessment, if desired. They will be asked to find a research paper relevant to English teaching / learning not previously discussed in the course, then have it approved by Penny. They will do a critical reading of the article and write a 500-word essay assessing its value, relevance and possible implementation in classroom practice.

 

This 6-week online iTDi Great Minds in Language Education course will bring up to 30 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 remain private and online for your use anytime in the future, providing an ongoing source of ideas, information and sharing.

 

Scholarships

As always, 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.

Penny Ur:

Penny Ur is an experienced English teacher at primary and secondary level in Israel, and has lectured and published extensively on English-teaching methodology. Her main interest is the design and use of practical classroom language-teaching procedures and materials, on which she has written a number of books, including Five minute activities (with Andrew Wright) (1991), Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition)(2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2nd Edition) (2012), Discussions and more (2014), Penny Ur’s 100 tips (2016), Penny Ur’s 77 tips for vocabulary teaching (2022), all published by Cambridge University Press.

 

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