Trends and New Directions in ELT
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is aimed at ELT professionals who are interested in:
• gaining an awareness of the past, current, and potential future trends and developments in language teaching and learning, and their implications inside and outside the classroom
• critically evaluating recent developments in approaches to teaching and learning languages, and the impact of external factors on ELT methodologies and materials
Participants should have a minimum language level corresponding to B2 on the Common European Framework.
What are the aims and objectives of the course?
• To examine trends in language teaching in order to understand the context of recent and present developments in methodology
• To relate developments in the understanding of how languages are learned to classroom practice
• To introduce and critically survey recent developments in methodology and the analysis of language for teaching
• To consider how the role of foreign languages in education and critical pedagogy have developed in the 21st century
• To reflect on how globalization and the internet have impacted on language teaching materials and methodology
• To analyse the potential of technology in language learning and teaching inside and outside the classroom
• To assess the changing role and status of English as a global language, and its implications for classroom teaching
• To encourage course participants to re-examine their own teaching and the extent to which it is influenced by the above factors
What will the course include?
All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. The course will include attention to some or all of the following, in line with participants’ needs and interests:
• Review of methods and approaches in ELT
• Learning- and learner-centred teaching
• Content and language integration
• The changing status of English
• The role of lexis in language teaching
• The role of tasks in language teaching
• Dogme and resource-light teaching
• Special educational needs in ELT • Teaching in the post-methods era
• Context-based approaches
• Technology in and out of the classroom
• Blended learning in ELT
• Affect in language teaching and learning
• The changing role of the teacher
• Critical pedagogy in ELT
• Assessment in the 21st century
Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.
All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.
How long is the course and what approach is used?
The 50-hour course provision includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the fields of language and methodology, as well as opportunities for reading and research and guest lectures from well-known figures in the field of ELT.
Classes will be practical and ‘hands-on’ but with reference to relevant theory.
Classes are held from Monday to Friday and take place as detailed in the course-specific timetable but always within the hours 0915 – 1715.
NILE course participants have free access to an extensive ELT library and a modern suite of computers with a broadband Internet link. The NILE course venues have a wireless (Wi-Fi) environment.
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