Some teachers use coursebooks. Some teachers design their own materials. Most teachers do both! Penny Ur’s course will help us to choose good coursebooks, make better use of the coursebooks we have, and adapt or create teaching materials. Whether you are a teacher who wants to feel more confident using and supplementing coursebooks, or an ELT materials writer who wants insights into the ways coursebooks are, or can be, used by teachers, you will want to take this course.
Coursebooks are a useful resource, but they need to be used selectively, critically and creatively. This course provides some practical tools for teachers to help them use their materials effectively. It begins with a definition of the term ‘teaching materials’, followed by an exploration of background issues. These include advantages and disadvantages of using a coursebook in general; paper versus digital materials; criteria for design, evaluation and selection of a coursebook. The main focus then shifts to coursebook use; some reasons why we might want to adapt its material by omitting, changing or supplementing, and some useful guidelines on such adaptation, illustrated by a number of practical examples.
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Personal Learning - $59
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, however, working through these steps will certainly add to your knowledge base. Teachers’ feedback on this original live course was extremely positive!
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Professional Development Hours Certified - $79
If you would like to receive a Certificate of Completion verifying 20 hours of professional development credit, email your answers to the discussion questions in a separate word document to su*****@iT**.pro for evaluation.
Our iTDi team will review your submissions, and confirm that you have invested time into your answers, reflected on your own context, and received a valuable professional development experience.
For certification purposes, please tell us 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 Penny Ur:
Penny Ur has more than thirty-five years' experience as an English teacher in elementary, middle and high schools in Israel. Now retired, she has taught B.A. and M.A. courses at Oranim Academic College of Education and Haifa University. She has presented papers at TESOL, IATEFL and other English teachers' conferences worldwide. She was for ten years the editor of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series. Her books include Discussions that work (1981), Five minute activities (co authored with Andrew Wright) (1992), Grammar practice activities (2nd Edition) (2009), Vocabulary activities (2012), A course in English language teaching (2012), and Discussions and more (2014), all published by Cambridge University Press.
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