Teacher, hoping to be a Manager? Or are you already a manager and learnt how to run your institution on the job? Like many of us, you probably thought there wasn't much to running a school. But running a school is a very special kind of management and requires special skills. No wonder teachers often … Continue reading Teacher, hoping to be a manager?
The interview was suggested by Liam who really liked the format of the course and wanted to help us spread this information. His promised blog post will appear on this very same page in a few weeks. Meanwhile, here is what he said about our course http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7nE2IwuiFY
A Module 3 Assignment on Teaching Young Learners This is is the first of a series of Module 3 assignments which we have decided to share through this blog, with the candidate's permission, of course. Course Design for 9-10 year old learners in Greece The project was written by Sharon Noseley and received a Merit … Continue reading Course Design for 9-10 year old learners in Greece
A timely blog post for those of you thinking about your Module 3 Assignments
After many years of working in this business (and yes it is a business), I am still frequently frustrated by a lack of awareness of good practice when it comes to language programme design. Different institutions do it in different ways, but not that many (in my experience) do it well. In this post I’m going to describe a few popular approaches to syllabus design and tell you what’s wrong with them. In a subsequent post I’ll go on to give some alternative suggestions on what principles to adopt when designing or developing a curriculum for language learning.
Bad syllabus No. 1: The global coursebook
Coursebooks look amazing – they have great pictures, they appear to be well-organised, and they come with all sorts of add-ons – workbook, CD-Rom, DVD, website, references to dictionaries by the same publisher etc. However, I’ve said it before, I’m saying it now…
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