Publication Date

2001

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Claire M. Stanley, Ph.D.

Abstract

Nowadays, EFL teachers are exposed to a large number of different approaches to teaching English. All of them, no matter how much they differ, focus on the objectives shared by all teachers regardless of their theoretical background, namely teaching lexis and structures. However, some approaches ignore what I have come to believe are necessities: creating a learning community, teaching strategies for retention and recycling lexical and structural items. By learning community I mean a group of learners who are focused on learning the target subject of knowledge, who expend their energies on learning, who feel secure being together and working together, and who learn from each other as well as from their teacher. By retention I mean the mental power and skill to retain the language items the learner has been exposed to, and then to be able to retrieve them from the memory and use them for the language production. By recycling I mean purposeful and systematic revisiting and reviewing the lexical and structural items the learner has been exposed to in class.

This paper is an attempt to design a curriculum for a short term development course for non-native speaker EFL teachers the purpose of which is:

- to share its author’s learnings on the effective teaching of lexis and structures

- to make its participants aware of the importance of such necessities as creating a

learning community, teaching strategies for retention and recycling lexical and

structural items

- to give its participants practice in designing classroom activities on teaching lexis and

structures which would take into account the above mentioned necessities

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition | Teacher Education and Professional Development