“In learning we teach and in teaching we learn.”
Communicative Language Teaching in Practice 2
The course provides opportunities to plan, discuss, and evaluate approaches to communicative EFL teaching within a supportive learning environment. The tutorial meetings facilitate reflections on participants' first teaching experiences and encourage discussions on contemporary topics related to communicative EFL teaching in Austria. The methodology used is an adaptation of problem-based learning with specifically designed course materials. Participants are actively involved in syllabus design as well as in the implementation of individual tutorial group meetings. The course introduces students to practical aspects of communicative EFL teaching and provides guidance in classroom observation and in preparing, teaching, and analysing lessons.
Focus on Language and the Learner: Language Learning Strategies and Cooperative Open Learning (COOL)
The participants of this course collaboratively plan and conduct small empirical research projects related to language learning strategies and/or learner cooperation. Opportunities for data collection are provided at an excursion to a COOL school. The participants engage in group discussions based on academic literature, classroom observations, and expert presentations. They learn about research methodology and the composition of research proposals and reports. Furthermore, they cooperate with peers and give peer-feedback on each other’s research projects and papers.
Focus on Language and the Learner: Games and Activities in the EFL Classroom
In this very practice-oriented course, pairs of course participants develop meaningful games and activities for EFL teaching and learning situations. These include games and activities for individuals/pairs/groups, online games and activities, modifications of board games, card games, and game shows, and games and activities for the development of skills and knowledge. After in-class simulations, the games and activities are analysed in light of the current literature and classroom experience. Based on the feedback the participants receive on their presentations, they write a reflection paper, in which they suggest improvement and further adaptation.
Introduction to Communicative Language Teaching
In this course, students are introduced to theories of foreign language learning and teaching. Research findings from language acquisition and their implications for teaching are covered with an emphasis on a pedagogy with a communicative orientation. Specific attention is drawn to ways of teaching the four skills, grammar, and vocabulary, as well as error correction.