Teaching through 21st Century Methodologies
The course focuses on improving English language abilities of teachers and administrators and on using modern methodologies suitable for development of 21st century skills. Teachers of all subjects are welcome as they will not only get a chance to improve English in discussions and communication with other trainees as well as in the coursework but also get firsthand experience of teaching through modern methodologies. They might consider speaking English as advantageous for furthering their career or for teaching their chosen subject in English. That is why CLIL is part of one of the modules.
Trainees will receive a questionnaire, which will provide information on their teaching background, qualifications, and previous experience with e-learning. They will prepare a presentation about system of education in their country.
This course is structured into 12 different training modules, each of which covers a different aspect of 21st century methodology (way of thinking, ways of working, tools for working, skills for living in the world). Coursework will contain mostly practical, hands-on activities in addition to inspiring discussions on how to best orient teaching styles to serve a 21st century student body. Attention will also be paid to work with special needs children and their inclusion. Good practices of work with talented and gifted students (e.g. CLIL) as well as with children with various disorders will be presented and discussed.
The methodological approach:
Trainees will be given the theoretical information that they need to effectively create and implement lessons appropriate for 21st century learning styles. Much of the information presented will be demonstrated with a practical, hands-on approach that will engage the attendees and give them an idea what it is like to participate in collaborative and creative activities. Each module will attempt to incorporate the existing knowledge and experience of the trainees in an effort to create a helpful learning environment. In addition, as part of an individual project each trainee will produce several of their own lesson materials according to their backgrounds and needs. The instructor will present information, guide the trainees through the practical components, and offer feedback and suggestions.
Participants will complete a workbook either for their personal reference or related tasks and lesson plans appropriate to their classroom/students’ requirements which they can update on their return home. A mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences.
- Module 1 – Course Introduction - Replacing Traditional Methods
- Module 2 – Methods to Activate Learning
- Module 3 – English for professional purposes
- Module 4 – Collaboration and team work, class management
- Module 5 – Reading skills, developing literacy
- Module 6 – Content and Language Integrated Learning
- Module 7 – Modern forms of assessment
- Module 8 – Raising student culture awareness
- Module 9 – Information and communication technology (ICT) and information literacy
- Module 10 – Creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making and learning, metacognition- Module 11 – Work with special needs children- Module 12 – Project Workshop and presentation Guided tour Final evaluation
Learning Outcomes- improvement of the level of key competences and skills
- improvement of language skills
- strengthened professional profile of the teaching professions
- positive and long-lasting effects on the trainees involved
- increased capacity to cooperate on international level
- practical ideas for classroom
- enhanced intercultural awareness
- internationalisation at the level of education
- broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education
- encouragement of sharing best practices, ideas and materials between colleagues within the EU
- improvement of teaching and learning of languages and promotion the EU's broadlinguistic diversity and intercultural awareness
- improved abilities to use innovative and student-centered pedagogical approaches and to develop appropriate assessment and certification methods, based on learning outcomes
- increased ability to address the needs of the disadvantaged, work with special needs children
- mastery of new methodologies of teaching that have arisen in recent years, such as task-based and problem-based learning
- a file with activities that encourage students to think creatively and use critical thinking skills
- awareness of shifting values in culture and in the workplace and how to apply those values in the classroom
- awareness of the role of media in teaching
- awareness of the role of collaboration in student learning and how to encourage students of all learning styles to work together
- ability to produce multidisciplinary lesson materials- improvement of trainees’ command of English in their particular fields- improvement of the ability to utilise 21st century skills in the classroom
- introduction to Content and Language Integrated Learning methodology, acquisition of expertise and fresh ideas for teaching their subject in English, increasing teachers’ mobility