This course is for teachers of English as an additional language, whether in training or with different amounts of experience, who are open to new ways of thinking about their profession and are interested in English as it is used around the world, as a lingua franca or for interacting in predominantly native speaker contexts. For information about how to adapt this course for a teacher development programme or workshop, click here.
What is the course about?
The course invites visitors to ask the following questions:
Unlike many resources and discussions in English Language Teaching, it concentrates on what English teachers (should) teach and learners (should) learn, rather than on how teachers (should) teach it.
What is the course for?
This course has two principal objectives:
The course won’t supply you with many classroom activities or materials. Neither will it tell you how to teach English as an International Language (EIL) or English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). However, there are practical suggestions for teachers in Units 4 and 5, and on the resources page. You can also share your own resources in the relevant Comments section.
How does the course work?
The course guides you through a series of conceptual units, activities and feedback. The activities include opportunities to:
The activities (marked ) and feedback (marked ) form an integral part of the course, often presenting new ideas which will be needed subsequently, so we recommend that you don’t skip them. Some sections, preceded by a icon, provide in-depth treatments of the material covered. You may choose to skim through these if you are short of time, though they may include information that is referred to subsequently. If you do decide to tackle them in full depth, make sure you’re feeling particularly alert before you start!
Guide to icons:
Feedback on activity
We recommend opening links in a new tab/page so you can return easily to where you were in the course. You can do this by right-clicking on the link and choosing the relevant option.
Can I re-use the course materials?
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. You can freely download MS Word versions of all the materials.
How do I get a certificate?
Completing this course means that you have engaged in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and your engagement should be recognised as such by your employer.
On completing the course, York St John University will issue you with a certificate. To be eligible for a certificate you will need to: