This webinar is hosted in English
Being there? Experiences with different modes of on-line delivery for a pre-CELTA grammar course.
Native English speaker teacher trainees, especially those who are about to embark on short training courses such as CELTA or Cert TESOL often have the experience that they do not know the nomenclature or systems of the language that they wish to teach. This talk will outline the short course I developed using a virtual classroom(Elluminate Live!), Moodle and myBrainshark to help native English speakers develop this knowledge.
I will discuss the reasons that I initially wanted to run the course at all and what prompted me to consider an on line solution rather than running a face to face course. I will then describe the pilot courses that I ran to discover the best mode of delivery and the way in which the course evolved in what (for me) was a very unexpected manner.
Initially expecting that a collaborative approach would yield the best results, I offered live classes in real time twice a week but found that whilst feedback from trainees was good, attendance at the classes was very poor. In an attempt to address this, I ran a second pilot with the same live classes but now embedded on a Moodle platform which allowed me to post the recordings of the class, give follow up quizzes and use forums for discussion. The results from this were also quite counter-intuitive and led to re-examine my assumptions and redesign the course completely. The final commercial product, developed from the findings of these pilots, is viewable at www.elt-training.com
Jo Gakonga has been teaching since 1989 and training teachers since 2000. She has worked in a range of countries including Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Kenya and Switzerland and currently works in a college of Further Education in the UK. She has the Cambridge DTEFLA and an MA from Warwick University and is the co-author of IELTS Foundation, published by Macmillan. She is interested in the potential of the internet for teacher training and development and delivers courses and free monthly training webinars at www.elt-training.com. She has three children, three chickens and a very tolerant and long-suffering husband.