ERIC Number: ED363134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Projects: Practical Applications for Teacher Training.
In the master's program in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course at the American University of Cairo (Egypt), student projects linking theory with classroom practice are used as a teacher training technique. The projects allow trainees to synthesize theoretical concepts, learn processes and develop materials they can use in later professional work, and use higher-level thinking skills. The two-course methodology sequence in which projects are used is designed around the projects. Development of the courses began with a list of project topics, arranged for a logical progression of skills and concepts used. Reading assignments, class discussion topics, and other in-class activities are determined by the way the projects can be debriefed best in class. Projects are both long- and short-term. Students also participate in project evaluation and preparation of a publication containing superior work. Suggestions for teacher trainers using the approach include: linking potential projects to course content and desired strategies in the course planning phase; identifying sample topics for students; communicating objectives and expectations; setting specific, feasible deadlines; and scheduling student debriefing sessions. Evaluation procedures and criteria must be considered carefully. A list of sample project topics, with descriptions, is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (7th, Cyprus, April 1993).