ERIC Number: ED413767
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching Abroad.
The guide is designed to orient volunteers teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) overseas to the experience of teaching in this context and the processes of preparing for teaching and addressing classroom issues. An introductory chapter looks at the typical volunteer teaching environment and previews the guide's content. Chapters 1-6 focus on planning for language teaching: basic principles of language teaching and learning; ways for gathering information for course planning; basic elements of the language course; practical issues in planning a successful lesson; and examples of typical language course designs and lessons. Chapters 7-14 are devoted to the basic building blocks for constructing a language course: the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing); vocabulary and grammar; the role of culture in language teaching; and some common problems in the ESL classroom. Chapter 15 addresses adaptation to life in the host country and chapter 16 suggests paths for volunteers who decide to become professional language teachers. Appended materials include a list of goals for course planning, a list of culture topics, books to consider taking along, and 36 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Classroom Techniques, Course Descriptions, Course Organization, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Grading, Grammar, Instructional Design, Language Skills, Lesson Plans, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Vocabulary Development, Volunteer Training, Volunteers, Work Environment
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., 1600 Cameron Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc., Alexandria, VA.