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Intensive TEFL and Linguistics Course for Chinese Teachers

There has never been a better time to consider moving into the profession of Teaching English as a Foreign Language or for improving existing ELT/ESOL skills. We believe that DMU’s intensive English language teaching (ELT) programme is the ideal one to equip existing and future teachers with the professional skills required for a career in ELT. 

This four-week ELT programme has been designed specifically for International speaking teachers and lecturers working in schools, universities and teachers’ colleges.  It combines not only the practice and application of English language teaching, but also the in-depth theory behind a variety of teaching approaches. It will also focus in detail on areas such as linguistics, phonetics and grammar.  Critical evaluation of existing ELT theory, research and practice is also an essential component of studies.  

The course is broken up into three distinct subject areas:

Practical ELT Methodology and Approaches

This subject area will deepen existing awareness of sub-skills, investigate other approaches to language teaching, and introduce the student to a variety of related issues.  It will cover:

  • teaching of receptive skills – listening and reading
  • teaching of productive skills – speaking and writing
  • teaching vocabulary to International learners
  • task-based learning and other recent developments in EFL methodology classroom management in non-native English speaking countries and factors to consider when planning lessons for large classes
  • the study of phonetics and phonology and common terminology, with particular reference to phonetical interference associated with International speakers
  • the accuracy versus fluency debate
  • teaching in a one-to-one situation
  • using the Lexical Approach
  • examining principles behind ESP language and needs analysis
  • examining the significance of various methodologies in ESP
  • applying various methodologies in an ESP context
  • defining the differences between EFL teachers and ESP teachers/trainers
  • highlighting the role of an ESP teacher/trainer
  • New Technologies in  ELT 

English and UK Society and Culture

A series of lectures and discussion sessions will be held in the afternoons on a variety of topics covering UK culture and society including:

  • the education system in the UK
  • family life
  • media (film television and radio)
  • youth culture
  • multi-cultural Leicester
  • a political overview of national and local government
  • a historical overview of the UK from 1900 – 2007
  • the great British quiz

Applied Linguistics and Research Aspects

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • understand a variety of grammatical concepts, structures and terminology commonly used in ELT
  • practise methodologies used in the teaching, learning and assessment of English language usage
  • analyse areas of pragmatics and sociolinguistics
  • design an effective syllabus for English language usage in the International classroom
  • evaluate resources most appropriate for the teaching, learning and assessment of English language usage for International learners.

Accreditation and Certification

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be issued with a DMU certificate of achievement and attendance, outlining the modules which the student has passed and indicating the number of teaching practice hours in which the student has participated. 

 

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