The Basics of Course Planning

As the new academic year comes closer, many of you will be starting to plan your upcoming courses. Educational courses are usually governed by the basic principles of Curriculum Design and language courses are no exception. These principles included, among other things, the following:startup-593327_1280

  • Course goals
  • Course objectives
  • Course materials

However, for many in the English Language Teaching world course design isn’t an integral part of planning and preparation, though it probably should be. Most language teachers simply receive a coursebook from the school and are told to teach it over the course of the year.

The teacher who takes the coursebook and divides it up according to each month of the academic year has already taken a significant step in the right direction. However, this can be taken a little further.

How should a simple language course be laid out? What are course aims? Where does a coursebook fit into a course syllabus? These are some of the questions this post will try to address, so keep reading…  Continue reading

An Introduction to Module 3

Unlike Module 1 and 2, Module 3 is not usually conducted as a course of study followed by a written or practical exam. Instead, it is an extended assignment which the candidate has to work on their own. Although there are Module 3 preparation courses out there, candidates have to work extensively on the assignment by themselves, signing a document at the end which states the work is their own.

Module 3 has two routes or “options” as the Cambridge website likes to call them:

  1. Extending Practice and ELT Specialism
  2. English Language Teaching Management

My Delta tutor, who had taught following the old format of the Delta for many years, mentioned right at the beginning of the course that the new Module 3 is the offspring of what was “left over” when they revamped the Delta. Its main feature, left over from the pre-2008 changes, is the Extended Assignment or Project. The ELT Management route also involves extensive writing, but it is the first option which is overwhelmingly chosen by the vast majority of candidates. Continue reading