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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.

5 comments
Thelma A. Marques
Hello Marek,
I've finally found time to start the course. I am an EFL teacher in São Paulo, Brazil and I could also say that I'm a teacher trainer as I give pronunciation courses for teachers and present workshops in conferences.
I am currently living in Australia (a year now and two more, hopefully). I am still working with Brazilian teachers, but online here from Australia. As I am not working with groups or at schools at the moment, I am a volunteer tutor for refugees from Syria. I have two one-to-one students. This is my first experience teaching English to speakers of other languages than Portuguese.
I am taking this course to broaden my knowledge on pronunciation and if I could get something from this course that could help me show teachers what is really important when teaching pronunciation, it would be great.
I'm not sure which parts of the course are more interesting to me as I haven't checked all its content yet!
I'll be watching the lectures slowly and I'll take a two-week holiday next week, so I'll start over in January. I hope that's ok with you.
Thank you ,
Thelma
Marek - TEFL Equity Academy
Hello Thelma,
Great to hear from you:)
Your work sounds really interesting! How did you end up in Australia? How do you find giving teacher training online?
There's absolutely no rush! Do the course at your own pace :)
Best,
Marek
Thelma A. Marques
Hi Marek,
My husband came to work on a research project at the University of Wollongong (90km South of Sydney) and I came along. :)
I started teaching online after one of my students took the course in São Paulo and really liked it. She encouraged me to deliver it online as I was coming to Australia. She organises the groups and I teach through Skype, maximum 8 students. It's totally synchronous as if I was in the classroom. The students benefit a lot from it and I'm really pleased with this experience.
Cheers,
Thelma
William Booth Laidlaw
In answer to your 'love to hear from you' questions:
1 Yes, I am an EFL teacher. An old one!
2 I currently work in Malta - which attracts students from many different countries, particularly Europe and Asia
3 This course interests me because a) I fully understand the frustration of students who have been fed on an EFL diet of grammar and vocabulary, but cannot make themselves understood in conversing. b) I totally reject the classic approach (Cambridge is an example) of 'bottom up' through 'teaching' the phonemes first - was invited to present to the annual EFL conference here in Malta with my DOS (Justyna Rogers, also enrolled) on alternatives to this approach and c) I teach specialist pronunciation classes here in Malta - and am always looking for ways of making them better!
4 What I am planning to get out of this course is simple: evidence based ways of helping students to improve their pronunciation - aka understandability - that can enrich my classes.
5 All of the course interests me. In particular - you sharing your research on 'what works'!

One doubt about the course - a domestic Maltese issue: will need a certificate of completion of study that includes the number of hours of study. That is a condition of us teachers in Malta continuing to have a licence to teach here. Am sure this is not a problem?
Really look forward to this. My nickname is Charlie, so, best wishes, Charlie
Marek Kiczkowiak
Hi Charlie,
Great to hear from you :) I've never been to Malta myself. What's it like teaching and living there?
3 - sounds like you already know a lot about teaching pronunciation! So if not phonemes first, what do you focus on first? Why do you reject the bottom up approach? (not that I subscribe to it, but just curious to know what you think)
4 - I hope there will be plenty of that on the course - especially the first 3 lectures where we talk about research behind ELF and pronunciation teaching
I can definitely issue a certificate. No problem at all! If there are any special requirements what to include on it, send me an email.
Looking forward to discussing pronunciation with you during the course :)