English as an International language: implications for classroom practice

 

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What does it mean to be a multicompetent speaker?  What is the difference between “English speaker” and “English user”? Why does that matter? Do you use textbooks in your EFL class? Do they include anglophone cultural aspects and features?

 

The identity approach to the learning and teaching of English has led many teachers around the world to reflect on personal teaching practices. Linguistic and cultural identities matter. Thus, if teachers address these aspects in the EFL classroom, they can help EFL learners to acquire more realistic and empowered views on themselves as English users who use this communication tool for multiple personal and professional purposes. 


This course is aimed at promoting teaching practices that empower students to become English users rather than English speakers. We are going to acquire a critical view towards the learning and teaching of English so that we can promote an empowering perspective on the learning and use of this international language. We are going to provide tools and practical ideas to implement critical pedagogy in the English classroom.

This course is aimed at English teachers who want to delve into the notion of English as an International Language. Most importantly, the course focuses on how understanding the role of English in today’s globalised world  can lead to more realistic and positive teaching practices. Understanding the idea of multicompetence or the difference between “English speaker” and “English user” may lead to more motivated and empowered students and future users of this international language. 

Dra. Berta Torras Vila
Dra. Berta Torras Vila

Maestra de inglés y de música. Profesora en el grado universitario Lengua Inglesa y Educación. Formadora de CLIL Music


Me considero formadora de formadores y eterna aprendiz. Creo firmemente en las poderosas capacidades que los educadores tenemos para abrir puertas, para inspirar y para encender la curiosidad y el deseo de aprender de nuestros estudiantes.

Ejerzo de profesora de Lengua Inglesa y Didáctica del Inglés en grados universitarios de diferentes universidades, y soy formadora en CLIL Music y Pedagogía crítica del inglés. Soy, también, maestra de inglés y de música. Me considero una apasionada por la educación en el sentido más transversal de la palabra y creo firmemente que la lengua inglesa puede tener un papel transformador y empoderador en el proceso educativo y de desarrollo personal de las futuras generaciones.

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OBJETIVOS

To introduce the notion of EIL (English as an International language)

To introduce the notion of “multicompetent speaker”

To differentiate between the notions of “English speaker” and “English user”. 

To become aware of what it means to teach English from a critical perspective. 

To reflect on personal practice in the EFL classroom as teachers

To acquire a critical view towards the teaching of English

To acquire an empowering perspective on the learning of English that boosts learners’ motivation.

To learn about teaching strategies and tools that promote critical praxis in the EFL classroom.

To reflect on EFL teaching approaches that include an identity approach to the learning of English. 

Design and reflect a final project or reflection that includes a critical  approach to the learning of English. 

 

PROGRAMA

 

Módulo 1_ Reflection on personal practice in the EFL classroom

Objetivos

To reflect on personal practice in the EFL classroom as teachers

Contenidos

Self-reflection on personal practice in the EFL classroom.

 

Módulo 2_ Towards a critical pedagogy of English: the notion of EIL

Objetivos

To introduce the notion of EIL (English as an International language)

To introduce the notion of “multicompetent speaker”

To differentiate between the notions of “English speaker” and “English user”. 

To become aware of what it means to teach English from a critical perspective. 

To acquire an empowering perspective on the learning of English that boosts learners’ motivation.

Contenidos

The notion of English as an International Language.

The notion of “Multicompetent speaker”. 

The difference between “English speaker” and “English user”.

Critical EFL praxis. 

 

Módulo 3_ Practical implications and ideas in the EFL classroom

Objetivos

To learn about teaching strategies and tools that promote critical praxis in the EFL classroom.

To reflect on EFL teaching approaches that include an identity approach to the learning of English. 

Contenidos

Teaching strategies that empower English learners.

Practical ideas and resources to promote positive and realistic EFL learning contexts. 

 

Módulo 4_ Project implementation or Final reflection

Objetivos

To design a final project or to reflect on a critical  approach to the learning of English. 

Contenidos

Design of a final project or reflection that includes a critical approach to the learning of English.

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Fecha

01/05/2024 - 31/05/2024


Precio

60,00€


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