Welcome to the video-based teacher training materials Shaping the Way We Teach English: Successful Practices Around the World. It is made up of 14 modules in a video format with a supporting manual. The modules are structured in such a way that you can use them in order or one at a time, depending on your needs and interests.
Goals for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Educators
These introductory materials are designed for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators who share the following two goals:
To build an academic or pedagogical” foundation in language teaching.
To improve language teaching classroom practices.
English teachers, trainers, and researchers have long recognized the value of not only reading about but actually observing experienced, effective teachers in the classroom as a form of professional development. However, professionally produced multimedia (video-based) English language teacher training materials have been in somewhat short supply. Historically, many of those that do exist have taken a “talking head” lecture approach and have not necessarily included examples from an EFL context.
Shaping the Way We Teach English: Successful Practices Around the World uses a constructivist, inquiry-based approach, giving viewers opportunities to adapt materials to their local context. It incorporates authentic classroom scenes and interviews with teachers not only in the US but from countries such as Costa Rica, Egypt, and Thailand where EFL is taught as well.
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