Practicum 3 (9th sem)

Course title: PRACTICUM 3
Instructors: Asst. Prof. Renata Geld
ECTS credits: 3 credits
Status: mandatory
Semester: IX
Enrollment requirements: none
Course description: Practical aspects of teaching learners of different ages. Practical aspects of teaching very young learners. Practical aspects of teaching lower primary learners. Practical aspects of teaching upper primary learners. Practical aspects of teaching secondary school learners. Practical aspects of teaching adult learners. Practical aspects of teaching ESP. Designing teaching activities for different age and proficiency of learners. Analyzing and adapting teaching materials. Using media in teaching. Using ICT in EFL teaching. Assessing effective teaching. Post-teaching reflection. Self-assessment of teaching. Reacting to feedback. Cooperation with mentors.
Objectives: Students will develop competence in assessing effectiveness of different teaching strategies that they will observe. They will develop further their lesson planning skills and the ability to evaluate others’ and self-evaluate own ELT competence. They will get extensive classroom teaching experience in different teaching contexts. Students will develop a feeling of professional responsibility.
Course requirements
: During practicums students will be prepared for independent teaching in schools they’ll be assigned to. They will be expected to develop lesson plans and required teaching materials for every lesson they will be teaching. Students will also keep a teaching practice diary. Their final mark will depend on the evaluation of the part of the portfolio collected during the 9th semester and the evaluation of students’ independent teaching.
Week by week schedule:

Week Topics
1 Introduction
2 Designing activities for different age groups of learners.
3 Designing activities for different levels of proficiency.
4 Classroom teaching in school.
5 Classroom teaching in school.
6 Classroom teaching in school.
7 Classroom teaching in school.
8 Classroom teaching in school.
9 Classroom teaching in school.
10 Classroom teaching in school.
11 Reflecting on teaching experience
12 Classroom teaching in school.
13 Classroom teaching in school.
14 Teaching styles
15 Issues in learning to teach EFL

Required reading:
– Crookes, G. (2003). A Practicum in TESOL: professional development through teaching practice. Cambridge: CUP.
– Newby, D. et al (2008). European portfolio for student teachers of languages. Graz: ECML. [selected chapters]
– Wajnryb, R. (1992). Classroom observation tasks. Cambridge: CUP. [selected chapters]

Recommended reading:
– Allwright, D. (1988) Observation in the language classroom. New York: Longman. [selected chapters]
– Costas i Costa et al. (eds.) (2001) Student teaching in Europe. Freiburg im Breisgau: Fillibach-Verl.
– Gebhard, J.G. & Oprandy, R. (1999) Language teaching awareness. Cambridge: CUP. [selected chapters]