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Should a TEFL course give input about planning a curriculum/syllabus?

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  • flyeogh
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    26 March, 2017 at 18:35
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    I’ve run threw a 120 hour on-line TEFL and accessed a lot of other material. I’ve in particular found the feed back from students and the subsequent responses interesting and informative. But many seem to be very academic in nature and removed from using English to communicate. “Do I need to understand all the forms of gerunds to be fluent in English?”.

    I will be giving lessons to from one to four students max and I would expect them to be either in education or studying an English course. So I will be supplementing what they are already doing. I do not want to replicate what they are doing but to add a new dimension.

    This raises the question: what to teach?

    So my questions to which I’d welcome any thoughts:

    Would you expect a TEFL course to give you input on how to put together a curriculum/syllabus or does everyone go for standard documented curriculum/syllabus frameworks?

    Are there any good books/texts which address what to teach in detail? Something beyond what you would expect from a 120/150 hour TEFL course.

    Cheers

    dan
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    29 March, 2017 at 20:49
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    Most TEFL courses don't look at syllabus design in detail

    Would you expect a TEFL course to give you input on how to put together a curriculum/syllabus?

    In a word, no. Some may touch on it briefly, but most just focus on how to plan a 60 minute lesson, rather than looking at how to plan a whole course or syllabus. Diploma level courses such as Delta do get into this in a lot more detail.

    Are there any good books/texts which address what to teach in detail?

    You could try a book called Syllabus Design by David Nunan. It does cover the subject very well and in great detail. No good if you’re looking for a “quick fix”, but I don’t think you are…

    You might find this article interesting too.

    Dan

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