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The goal of this course is to learn how to humanize and personalize a coursebook for your learners. Teachers teach from coursebooks, but coursebooks are never perfect. The difference between an OK language class and a great language class is often the teacher’s ability to select, adapt and supplement appropriate language learning materials and activities into an existing coursebook. The process of selecting and adapting and supplementing the appropriate materials almost always depends on the students that we are teaching. To help us better understand the process involved I have selected a recently published coursebook that we will be using to create, adapt and supplement materials for.

The course will be run as a simulation and seminar, that is, you will have input sessions to help you meet the assessment requirements, but the assessment requirements will be imbedded within a real-world context. For example: The language institute that you work for has just chosen a new coursebook for it upper level middle school students. The owner of the institute has asked you to prepare resources and specific teaching materials for this coursebook. The owner would like these resources organized in the following manner:
1) Vocabulary building materials
2) Inductive teaching and discovery learning materials
3) Personalized and contextualized freer communicative practice activities
4) Task-based learning and performance assessment activities
5) Authentic listening and reading activities

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes will be made available as we progress throughout the semester. You will need your class ID and password to access.

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Grading Criteria

30% Attendance (10%) and active participation in class activities (20%)
70% Materials Portfolio (700 points) that will include the following:

1) Vocabulary building materials (140 points)
2) Inductive teaching and discovery learning materials (140 points)
3) Personalized, contextualized and freer communicative practice activities/games (140 points)
4) Task-based learning and performance assessment activities (140 points)
5) Authentic listening and reading activities (140 points)

The idea is to create a portfolio of materials that will allow you to humanize, personalize, and localize an international textbook from a major publisher, so that you can 1) understand the process and 2) so that you can have materials to use in the future.

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Expectations

Attendance/Participation
Attendance is mandatory: Participants who arrive to class 10 minutes or more after class begins will be considered late. Participants who are late 3 times will receive 1 absence. Any participant who misses 1/4 of all class meetings will receive an F. Mastery of the ideas and concepts of this course requires engagement and discussion. If you are not in class, you miss that opportunity to exchange ideas. Moreover, participation is also essential. Just coming to class is not enough. I expect all participants to be active in class discussion and lectures as well as to complete all oral and written assignments.

Homework on Readings
Each reading comes with guiding questions. Look over the questions before you read and then answer the questions after you read. Questions will be collected and assessed the week after they are assigned. I will count this work towards your attendance and participation grade.

Materials Portfolio
The materials portfolio is where you will collect the materials you create and supplement for the coursebook that we are adapting. There will five different kinds of materials that you will be adding to the coursebook:
• Vocabulary building materials
• Inductive teaching and discovery learning materials
• Personalized, contextualized and freer communicative practice activities/games
• Task-based learning and performance assessment activities
•Authentic listening and reading activities

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Additional Resources

Can/Can't Flashcards Resource Library Sample Game Board - Personality
Sample Game Board - Experiences Blank Game Board 1 Blank Game Board 2
Blank Game Board 3    

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