FTC118 – Confident Communication – Integrate your Learning Course

Writing, speaking and reading are not isolated pillars of communication.  Through the integration of learning course,  teachers will enhance their communication skills in totality.  This course covers a range of topics that provide teachers with insights into how toTeacher Pointing at Map of World improve their overall communication performance in the learning environment.  By giving them the skills to manage their own learning processes and strategies, participants will be guided on how they can function optimally in the classroom context.  This will also enable them to transfer their new knowledge and skills to learners so that the learning process can be improved.

This course takes place over 6 sessions:

 

Topic

Content

Unit 1: Strategies for success
  • Communication theory, processes and strategies
  • Factors impacting on successful communication: attitude, motivation, teaching methods, teachers/role models

Classroom communication: Impacting on learners’ attitude and motivation

Unit 2: All together now
  • Productive skills (writing/speaking) and Receptive skills (reading/listening) – how skills develop in relation to each other:  Integrating reading, writing, listening and speaking

Classroom communication:Shifting to integrated language teaching. Designing integrated activities: dictation and cloze exercises (gap fills)

Unit 3: Practise makes perfect
  • Communicative functions of language
  • Importance of pronunciation (Your ‘teacher’ voice)

Classroom communication:Developing content knowledge while improving fluency: dialogue, role play, chants and songs

Unit 4: School Talk
  • English for Occupational Purposes (EOP), i.e. teaching
  • Master the ‘languages’ of the school environment: formal/informal: teaching, reporting, meetings, social etc.
  • Medium of instruction and multi-lingualism

Classroom communication:Using multi-lingual skills to support learning

Unit 5: Across the curriculum
  • The role of English in South Africa
  • Explore different ‘languages’ in the academic programme – English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
  • Identify elements of style, grammar and vocabulary in various subjects

Classroom communication: Encouraging communication through a variety of question types. Creating opportunities for genuine communication

Unit 6: Communication for lifelong learning
  • Explore English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Manage learning processes and strategies
  • Use structure to express ideas clearly

Classroom communication: Using language to learn. Transferring learning processes and strategies

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