Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action

Cover of the Shaping the Way We Teach resource book

Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action

Shaping the Way We Teach English is a teacher-training course consisting of fourteen video-based modules with a supporting training manual and supplementary resources. Each modules is a ten to fifteen minute video segment with examples from classrooms and educators around the world. Each module also has corresponding readings and support materials that can be printed and copied.

The expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” takes on rich meaning when applied to videos of teachers in their classrooms. The Shaping video materials proudly showcase English language teachers and students in action in a variety of contexts around the world

 Who Should Use Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action?

Whether teachers are working with children, teens, or adults, Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action offers thought-provoking input to help stimulate new ideas for the classroom.

These materials are designed to be used by groups of teachers, either in an organized teacher training workshop led by a facilitator or in less formal situations where teachers gather to further their own professional development. The materials are for both new and experienced EFL teachers and teacher trainers who wish to:

• Observe a wide range of teaching practices

• Evaluate these teaching practices through peer discussion and individual reflection

• Adapt materials and techniques to suit their own teaching needs

• Act upon insights gained by implementing new ideas

• Reflect on what they have learned and begin the “observe, evaluate, adapt, act” cycle again

The “Observation to Action” Experience

Shaping the Way We Teach English: From Observation to Action contains 14 units that explore 11 full-length class videos and two shorter videos about alternative assessment.

The units provide hands-on, discussion, and reflection activities that help users to develop a variety of pedagogical skills:

• Classroom management

• Language teaching techniques

• Encouraging critical and creative thinking

• Lesson observation skills

• Adapting activities and lesson planning

Each unit is designed with the following goals in mind:

(1) To help viewers observe the class videos in a focused and meaningful manner by directing their attention to particular features seen in these classrooms

(2) To guide educators in applying those observations to their own teaching contexts; to help them reflect on what they have learned by watching the videos and to act upon insights gained by completing the unit activities

Find the Shaping the Way We Teach English materials online at: https://americanenglish.state.gov/resources/shaping-way-we-teach-english-successful-practices-around-world

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