- As a universal lingua franca, English is instrumental in international affairs, education, the economy, information technology, international trade, science and even in entertainment. Therefore, it behoves educators and governments to develop reading ability in the field of education since the students of today will be the managers, engineers, lawyers, professionals and teachers of tomorrow.
Teachers need to know about the best models of practices in ICT so they can make their students benefit from international networks and subsequent global projects in the field of CLT.
After a brief definition of the key words materials development and design, trainees will firstly be taken into the processes involved in materials development. In a second phase trainees will be exposed to the theory and the principles under-lying different categories and types of instructional materials used across the world. Each one of these theoretical issues will be followed by practical application activities for theory to be integrated with classroom practice. In the last part of the module materials development will be scrutinised from the perspectives of the language classroom with specific interest in a unit designing scheme, which will be illustrated with an exemplar unit of materials designed by a former F1B2 trainee. The last part of the course will highlight suggested changes for the exemplar unit to be improved.
- This course will introduce trainees to some of the theories and ideas informing the practice of professionals in positions of leadership in education. The course will cover selected readings in foundations of education such as philosophy of education, history of education, and comparative education. It will also discuss skills such as management and organization, which are instrumental in educational leadership. Finally the class will some of the issues facing education in the global arena.