About Creating an ELF-Aware Classroom Self Study with Katy Simpson

What participants will learn in this course.

In this self-study course, you’ll learn how to develop learners’ pronunciation, listening skills, and communication strategies to successfully use English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). You’ll learn about ELF research and apply this to your classroom by exploring materials and syllabus design. Whether you’re a novice or experienced teacher, you’ll come away with plenty of practical activities and ideas to empower your learners to become confident and clear global communicators.

Session 1: Creating an ELF-aware environment

We start the course with an introduction to ELF, what it is and isn’t, and the implications for teachers. We look at examples of activities to raise learners’ awareness of the importance of ELF and examine how ‘ELF-friendly’ our classroom language is. This session also introduces the theory that underpins practical elements of the course. We explore how research has developed in this field and look at current trends in ELF research, focusing on how this relates to our classroom practice.

Session 2: Teaching pronunciation informed by ELF research

In this session we will focus on using ELF research to make informed decisions about teaching pronunciation, rather than using intuition or assuming a goal of ‘native speaker-like’ pronunciation. We examine the Lingua Franca Core (a list of pronunciation priorities based on research into communication breakdown in ELF interactions) and the key concept of intelligibility. We apply theory to the classroom as we explore syllabus design. Participants also come away with practical examples of pronunciation activities, including suggestions for diagnosing learners’ pronunciation needs.

Session 3: Developing listening skills for international contexts

While Session 2 focuses on pronunciation for speaking, Session 3 moves onto pronunciation for listening. We learn about the pronunciation features of some of the most common accents around the world that learners might hear when using English internationally. We analyse extracts of audio to familiarise learners with these accents, and look at ways to exploit the resources. This session also examines accent and identity, encouraging participants to reflect on their own attitudes towards language variation and how this might be reflected in the classroom.

Session 4:Training learners to use communication strategies

How can we prepare learners to deal with communication breakdown in ELF interactions? Besides working on their pronunciation and familiarising them with a range of accents, we can also train learners to avoid and repair communication breakdown using strategies such as paraphrasing or asking for clarification. In this session, we learn about the communication strategies employed by successful ELF users. We explore ways to adapt coursebook materials to focus on these skills, and design our own activities.

Purchase of this self-study course includes access to four video recordings, readings and resources resources, and discussion tasks. Teachers can earn a Certificate of Completion verifying 20 Professional Development hours if desired. To receive a certificate teachers are required to submit written responses to the discussion tasks.

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