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  Video tutorial of the course

Introduction:

Thanks for choosing this course. I'm really looking forward to being your tutor and guiding you on this fascinating journey through some of the latest developments in ELT. Before we start, I'd like to give you a short tour of the course and explain how you can use it and how it is organised. Are you ready?

Over to you:

Now, I'd love to hear from you:

  • Are you a teacher, teacher trainer or materials writer?
  • Where do you currently work?
  • Why does the topic interest you?
  • What are you planning to get out of the course?
  • Which parts of the course interest you most and why?

And if you have any questions or doubts about the course content, also let me know below. Looking forward to your comments!

Further reading materials:

As I mentioned in the Welcome tutorial, during the course, there will be quite a bit of recommended and further reading material from academic journals. While it's not obligatory, you will definitely benefit a lot from reading as much as possible. However, unless your institution provides a subscription, buying individual papers might prove quite expensive. So, wherever possible, I'll try to provide articles that are freely available on academia.edu and researchgate.net. If you don't have an account on these websites, I really recommend you create one on both as a lot of researchers upload their papers there for free. It will only take you two seconds, and it's completely free. You can also check out this reading list I put together on TEFL Equity Advocates.

However, linking to freely available content will not always be possible. If you want to make the most of this course, I suggest checking out DeepDyve. It's like Spotify or iTunes, but for academic papers. For around 40 US dollars a month, you get unlimited access to thousands of academic publications. And their database is very impressive. At the moment it features 12 million articles from 10.000 peer-reviewed journals. So while 40 dollars a month might seem expensive at first glance, it actually works out much cheaper than buying individual articles through the journal's website, where one article might cost between 20 and 40 dollars. Plus, it's all legal, so you're not downloading pirated material.

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