The learner’s own language (or L1) is an unavoidable feature in English language learning, but it is rarely mentioned in teacher training or teacher development programmes. With Philip Kerr, you’ll explore the issues, prejudices and practical realities of own-language use in English classrooms. At the end of the four weeks, you will have a clear idea of the relevance of own-language use in your own teaching context, and you will have a good repertoire of teaching techniques and activities in which the learners’ own language is exploited.
The learners' own language has been called the greatest asset that they bring to learning a new language. They use it in class, most teachers use it in class, and yet hardly anyone talked about it, until very recently. Share your own experiences and attitudes, compare them with others in the group, discover what research has to tell us and what practical ideas are available, and discover how you can make more principled uses of the other language(s) as a tool for learning English in your own teaching context.
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In this course, you will read articles recommended by the instructor, watch four recorded sessions, and answer four discussion questions. (This is not a live course.) If you would like to receive a Certificate of Completion verifying 20 hours of professional development credit, email your answers to these questions in a separate word document to su*****@iT**.pro for evaluation. In the body of your document, please include your name as you wish it to appear on your certificate, your email address, and the name of course you have completed.
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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.
About Philip Kerr:
Philip Kerr is a teacher trainer, lecturer and materials writer who lives in Vienna, Austria. His publications include the award-winning ‘Translation and Own-Language Activities’ (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and a chapter entitled ‘Questioning 'English-only' classrooms: own-language use in ELT’ in the ‘Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching’ (forthcoming). Coursebooks he has written or co-written include ‘Straightforward’ and ‘Inside Out’ (both Macmillan). He is also the author of ‘How to Write Vocabulary Presentations and Practice’ (ELT Teacher 2 Writer). Philip is a consultant for Cambridge English Teacher and he blogs about technology and English language teaching.
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