ELT well has been busy over the last few months, extending the options for online professional development:
Assessing Multilingual Learners
This course is for you if you suspect that one of your EAL / ESOL learners may be neurodiverse or have a specific learning difference, such as dyslexia.
Participants find out how to make the most of the CAML materials (included in the price) and go through the process of assessing learners who are using English as an additional language, highlighting key issues that may be different from assessing English-speaking (mono-lingual) people.
Each stage of the process is exemplified by case study material, which builds towards the final session, when participants are required to make a judgement about the cognitive profile of one learner, complete a report memo setting out the key features of their cognitive profile, and make some recommendations to inform teaching.
Book your place and choose your CAML here
Once you have booked your course, you have 2 weeks in which to complete the 5 sessions, each one taking about an hour. You can do it all in one day, or a little at a time, whichever suits you best. Please allow a couple of days for the materials to arrive in the post to you.
Language Learning and Musical Activities
Unlock your learners’ communication skills, develop their memory strategies and boost their self-confidence.
Effective listening and expressive speaking are enhanced by focussing on individual elements of music (rhythm, tempo, pitch change, volume) and then applying them to language. A little vocabulary goes a lot further when it is well-used!
Two other courses that Anne Margaret has contributed to are available for free:
Dyslexia for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language 2
This is the updated version of the hugely successful British Council ELTon award-winning European project. The materials are freely available, but there is no accreditation and no interaction. However, teachers are able to dip and out of the 10 units as they wish.
Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching
This online course usually runs for four weeks from late April, during which time there will be tutors on duty to answer questions, and a very active discussion board where participants from all over the world can share ideas and experiences. Certificates of participation are available.