Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 10, Alternative Assessment
Alternative assessment is a way to directly evaluate learners’ language skills. A paper-pencil test shows knowledge about the language. Alternative assessment shows learners’?? ability to use the language.
Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 08, Authentic Materials
Authentic materials are used by native speakers of a language for actual communication. Authentic materials are good tools for language teaching and learning because they are: * Interesting. * They use real language. * They can be chosen for individual interests. * They illustrate accurate use of language in the target culture. * And, they help students learn how to get as much information as they can, even if they can’t understand everything, or even very much.
Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 04, Pair and Group Work
The focus in this module is on Pair and Group Work. Pair and Group Work incorporates principles and themes from the Cooperative Learning and Collaborative Learning theoretical frameworks. We will look at some real classroom examples, using Stella Ting-Toomey’??s “??describe, interpret, evaluate” process to analyze what is happening with pair and group work in these classes.
Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 06, Managing Large Classes
In recent years, the demand for English has increased. Schools around the world have responded by adding more English classes into the curriculum. Class sizes can be quite large and, in some cases, are growing even larger. Classes of 50-75 students are not uncommon. Many people in education are asking themselves: * How do large classes affect an instructor
Shaping the Way We Teach English: Module 05, Learner Feedback
One important distinction to make when giving learner feedback is that of formative vs. summative evaluation. Formative evaluation is a way of giving students feedback along the way. It is the answer to the questions, “??How am I doing so far?” and “??How can I improve?”?