Practicum 1 (3rd sem)

Course title: PRACTICUM 1
Asst. Prof. Renata Geld, Jasenka Čengić
ECTS credits: 2
: mandatory
Enrollment requirements
: none
Course description: Classroom observation. Elements of the lesson plan for an EFL class. Designing teaching activities.Post-teaching reflection. Self-assessment of teaching. Reacting to feedback. Cooperation with mentors.
: Students will develop skills of focused and reflective classroom observation. They will also develop an understanding of the teaching competence components and the need for its development. They will be able to connect theoretical knowledge developed during the relevant university courses with the concrete examples of teaching observed in real classrooms.
Course requirements
: During practicums students will become prepared for observing their mentors’ teaching and for their own independent teaching. They will develop a lesson plan and required teaching materials for every lesson they will be teaching. Students will also keep a teaching practice diary which will be assessed at the end of the semester and contribute to the final course grade.

Week by week schedule:

Week Topics
1 Introduction
2 Classroom observation – foci
3 Designing activities for different levels of proficiency.
4 Designing activities for different age levels.
5 Designing lesson plans.
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. [selected chapters]
– 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. [selected chapters]
– Gebhard, J.G. & Oprandy, R. (1999). Language teaching awareness. Cambridge: CUP. [selected chapters]