Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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While teacher training instruction has long led movements in higher education toward more “active learning” (student engagement in the classroom coupled with language teaching practicums), blended learning, with a mix of on-line and in-person learning opportunities, is not yet in widespread use. Increasingly, publishers of textbooks provide on-line resources, both audio and video, but faculty members need time to explore how to use these resources more effectively.
With continuing support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the World Language Enrichment and Acquisition Program (WLEA) at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, offered an intensive TESOL certificate course in June of 2013 on Hampshire’s campus, immediately following the end of the spring semester. The course was opened to community members and Five College students from Hampshire, UMASS, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Amherst College. The TESOL certificate is intended for participants who are interested in teaching in community English language programs and or teaching English overseas. Participants in the program met face-to-face Monday-Friday for four weeks from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. The Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) is currently used throughout The Five Colleges, so Moodle was used in the TESOL Course as an additional tool to continue participants’ learning and sharing outside of class time.
Based on her extensive professional network within the international TESOL community, the Director of the WLEA program
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