|Teaching English as a Foreign Language - to Large, Multilevel Classes (Peace Corps, 1992, 243 p.)|
Since 1961, thousands of Volunteers have joined the Peace Corps to promote global understanding and cooperation through education. Most Peace Corps Volunteers are willing to work under difficult conditions. They expect limited resources and ill-equipped classrooms. But few Volunteers are prepared to deal with these serious contraints and large classes of secondary school students with varying skill levels.
This teacher reference book has been written with an eye to the difficult teaching environments that challenge you as a Volunteer. Produced by a team of TEFL teacher trainers, most with Peace Corps experience, this manual provides practical strategies for coping with huge classes, outdated textbooks, irrelevant curricula, and no duplication equipment.
The collection of TEFL teaching suggestions, lessons, and activities in these chapters will give you an opportunity to learn from the experiences (and mistakes) of others. The ideas we have collected in these chapters offer:
- current approaches to large, multilevel classes,
- helpful management tips collected from experienced teachers,
- suggestions to help you assess student needs, appreciate their preferences, and design lessons to meet a variety of learning styles,
- information about planning and implementing a content-based, thematic curriculum that is relevant to the school and community setting,
- descriptions and samples of whole class, paired, small group, and individual study activities,
- information about ways to assess language skills, and
- Iistings of recommended resources and sources of support.
As you read through Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) to Large, Multilevel Classes you will find that this information is organized to help you answer four key questions:
Your host country requested an English education project to improve opportunities for future development. English language skills provide access to information and technology from around the world. While your students are learning English, they also have an opportunity to stretch their minds in new ways. Through communicative activities, they have their ideas challenged and they are exposed to an active style of learning. And working with enthusiastic Peace Corps Volunteers like yourself, students and teachers raise their aspirations and ideas of what is possible to achieve.
As educators, we believe that one of the greatest obstacles to development is ignorance. And the only way to fight ignorance is through the determined efforts of teachers like yourselves. The dedication that you bring to your work has been a powerful impetus for change. But without a realistic, systematic plan of action, you can become exhausted and discouraged. We encourage you to be creative, yet caution you to organize and pace yourself. Plan your contribution in relation to the project plan developed by the Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, and your local school system.
Recognizing that Volunteers are infinitely resourceful, we hope that this Peace Corps manual will inspire you to promote cooperation, address relevant issues, and challenge students to think critically about how to address the problems in their lives. And in the spirit of cooperation, as you develop effective lessons and materials, we hope that you will organize yourselves to brighten the way for future teachers and Volunteers.