Project Details

A project completed in 2009, undertaken by Languages International, Auckland, to develop a resource, the ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook, which will enable ESOL teachers to develop their teaching skills.

Aims: 

The main aims of the project were to:

  • provide ESOL teachers in NZ with an opportunity to develop their teaching skills
  • to produce an ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook in PDF format that would be freely available to ESOL teachers wanting to undertake some kind of professional development.

Methodology: 

Creating an ESOL teaching skills resource for ESOL teachers.

Team

languages international

Craig Thaine

Project Leader

Languages International, Auckland
languages international

Rebecca Russell

Languages International, Auckland
languages international

Michael Wharton

Languages International, Auckland
languages international

Amanda French

Languages International, Auckland
languages international

Simon Todd

Languages International, Auckland

Status

Completed

Funding

$9,464.00 (excl GST)

$9,464.00 Regional Hub Project Fund

Key Findings

The ESOL Teaching Skills (ETS) TaskBook:

  • The ESOL Teaching Skills (ETS) TaskBook is a professional development resource comprising 40 stand-alone tasks that focus on different aspects of teaching English to speakers of other languages. The ETS TaskBook is a flexible resource that allows schools to provide their teachers with practical professional development opportunities.
  • Each lesson contains: an introduction that outlines the focus of the lesson; a series of tasks with answer key; a reflection task; a practical, classroom-focused transfer task; and suggestions for further reading and ways to develop.

Key Recommendations

The key recommendations regarding the use of the resource include:

Who is it suitable for? The ETS TaskBook is suitable for English language teachers in a variety of contexts. For pre-service or less experienced teachers, it may be a way of gaining a deeper understanding of ESOL teaching methodology. For more experienced teachers, it may act as a useful refresher and springboard for further study.

Using the lessons | A lesson or a series of lessons from the ETS TaskBook can be used in the following ways: a teacher working alone; a group of teachers working as a professional development discussion group; a senior teacher or academic manager wanting to lead a professional development seminar; an academic manager wanting to provide an individual teacher with some kind of targeted professional development support; a tutor working with pre-service teachers on a training or development course.

Material can be adapted | Teachers and tutors who use the material should feel free to adapt the material so it is suitable for their context.

Report

ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook

A resource developed by Languages International, Auckland.

(PDF, 3.6 MB, 300-pages).

  • 8 August 2009
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Guidelines

ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook Unit 1: Core issues in the learning context

A resource developed by Languages International, Auckland.

(PDF, 761 KB, 56-pages).

  • 8 August 2009
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Tool

ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook Unit 2: Micro skills of teaching ESOL

A resource developed by Languages International, Auckland.

(PDF, 791 KB, 61-pages).

  • 8 August 2009
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Tool

ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook Unit 3: Teaching skills-focused lessons

A resource developed by Languages International, Auckland.

(PDF, 885 KB, 62-pages).

  • 8 August 2009
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Tool

ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook Unit 4: Teaching language-focused lessons

A resource developed by Languages International, Auckland.

(PDF, 897KB, 65-pages).

  • 8 August 2009
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Tool

ESOL Teaching Skills Taskbook Unit 5: Materials and resources

A resource developed by Languages International, Auckland.

(PDF, 714 KB, 54-pages).

  • 8 August 2009
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