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Nead



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:42 am    Post subject: FYI Free online classes for professional development Reply with quote

Not sure where to post this but I am adding a link to the Open University Free online classes site if anyone is interested:


http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/home.php

Browse topics....One good one is 'Evaluating Classroom Discussion' which uses research by Neil Mercer. I am posting the intro here....but there are other general education workshops while are not specific to EFL etc...they are generally good for enhancing understanding of classroom dynamics. Examples are the role of 'play' in the classroom, managing behaviour, etc...Take a look. Meanwhile, here is the intro the the one above.

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This unit draws attention to the value of a sociocultural understanding of spoken language in the processes of teaching and learning.
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crueckert



Joined: 27 Jun 2006
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Location: Oxford, England

PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic find!

Here are links to some of the classes that might be relevant to ESL Employment readers:

Language Awareness:
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2475
This unit explores phonic and historical connections between languages and suggests how such knowledge might be used when teaching MFL.


Play, Learning and the Brain:
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1641
This unit examines the subject of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin...

Teaching for Good Behavior:
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1593
This unit allows guest users to enter
The quality of our teaching inevitably has an impact on the behaviour of our students. This unit considers some of the factors that can contribute to misbehaviour in the classroom and some of the steps that we can take as teachers to re-engage students…

Introducing Observational Approaches in Research with Children and Young People
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2782
This unit introduces you to analysing academic writing and, in particular, the way an article might be structured to clearly explain an investigation to other researchers. It explores observation of children and young people using qualitative observa…

English Grammar In Context
http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2708
The use of grammar is more complex than it appears. This unit looks at the way grammar can be used as a tool for adapting our communications (both written and spoken) in ways which present us and our message in different lights.

It might also be a good resource for ESP teachers who need information about business, medicine, law, finance, etc.

Carol
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cliffdodger



Joined: 05 Mar 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, that's a great resource. I just stumbled in here from google.

I should probably start a new thread for this but I was wondering if anyone who frequents this board has heard of private esl tutoring being done via skype and paypal and if you've heard of much success going that route.

Thanks,
Cliff,
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bud.630



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never heard of a thing like this before but it's great that interested people get the chance to study online for free. I am thinking of joining one class because I am just curious how it works.
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