Past MOOCs

*This page has information about some of our previously offered MOOCs. Please see our MOOC page for information about our upcoming MOOCs.

Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting Self-Paced MOOC

Open from July 8 – Sep 30, 2019

About this course:

The Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting MOOC is provided by World Learning, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI 360. It is a self-paced MOOC, meaning that students will study independently, without facilitation from an instructor.

The Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting MOOC presents participants with a working definition of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating differences between cultures. Participants explore what critical thinking is and why it is necessary for the development of intercultural competence. With a view toward preparing teachers to implement culture and critical thinking lessons into their current teaching contexts, participants work through numerous examples of related activities and lesson plan elements, as well as ways of evaluating students’ progress in these areas. Participants who complete all required activities with a score of 70% or higher will receive a digital badge and certificate.

Accessing the course:

This course will be offered between July 8 and September 30, 2019. Participants may log in and complete coursework at any time during these 12 weeks. However, all coursework must be completed by September 30 to pass. Watch this space for more information about how to enroll starting July 8, 2019. Enrollment will be open from July 8 to September 23, 2019.

Pre-course orientation module:

An optional orientation module will precede the course modules. This short guide will help you get the most out of the online learning environment by providing an introduction to the AE E-Teacher program, MOOCs, using the Canvas Network learning management system, online learning success strategies, and how to find support during the course. We strongly encourage participants to complete this module before beginning the course.

Course materials:

All created content you will see in this course is licensed CC-BY 4.0. This means that anything you see that is marked CC BY 4.0 can be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed by you in your school or community.

 

 

 

Teaching Grammar Communicatively Self-Paced MOOC

Open from March 25 – June 17, 2019

About this course:

The Teaching Grammar Communicatively MOOC is provided by World Learning, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360. It is a self-paced MOOC, meaning that students will study independently, without facilitation from an instructor. In this practice-oriented course, participants will explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They will also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, learn about task-based grammar learning and evaluate different error correction strategies. Participants will discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can adapt grammar instruction to improve students’ fluency and accuracy. Participants who complete all required activities with a score of 70% or higher will receive a digital badge and certificate of participation.

Accessing the course:

This course will be offered between March 25 and June 17, 2019. Participants may log in and complete coursework at any time during these 12 weeks. However, all coursework must be completed by June 17 to pass.

Pre-course orientation module:

An optional orientation module will precede the course modules. This short guide will help you get the most out of the online learning environment by providing an introduction to the AE E-Teacher program, MOOCs, using the Canvas Network learning management system, online learning success strategies, and how to find support during the course. We strongly encourage participants to complete this module before beginning the course.

Course materials:

All created content you will see in this course is licensed CC-BY 4.0. This means that anything you see that is marked CC BY 4.0 can be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed by you in your school or community

 

Teaching English to Young Learners: April 15 – May 20, 2019

About this course:

The Teaching English to Young Learners MOOC is provided by George Mason University, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) to young learners 3-10 years old. Through engaging videos and practical readings, you will explore approaches for teaching English that is not only effective but also fun and engaging for children. You will learn techniques for teaching new vocabulary and grammar that encourage student participation. Also, you will gain new ideas for teaching listening, speaking, reading and writing in a meaningful context. Through weekly participation in this MOOC, you will have the opportunity to share ideas with peers and apply course content to your learning environment. Get ready to learn about TEYL and be part of an international learning community with teachers around the world!

Participants who complete all required activities with a score of 70% or higher will receive a digital badge and certificate of participation.

Pre-course orientation module:

An optional orientation module opens 1 week before the start of the course, on April 8, 2019. This short guide will help you get the most out of the online learning environment by providing an introduction to the AE E-Teacher program, MOOCs, using the Canvas Network learning management system, online learning success strategies, and how to find support during the course. We strongly encourage participants to complete this module before beginning the course.

Accessing the course:

This course will be offered between April 15 and May 20, 2019.

Registration closed on April 26, 2019. No new participants may join the course after this date. See our Self-Paced MOOCs page for information about other current and upcoming MOOCs!

Course materials:

All created content you will see in this course is licensed CC-BY 4.0. This means that anything you see that is marked CC BY 4.0 can be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed by you in your school or community.

 

Dates to remember:

Mar 11: Registration opens

Apr 8: Orientation begins

Apr 15: Course begins

Apr 26: Registration closes. No new participants may enroll after this date.

May 20: Course ends. All coursework must be completed by this date.

 

 

Content-Based Instruction: February 18 - March 25, 2019

About this course:

The Content-Based Instruction MOOC is provided by World Learning, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

This course is designed for teachers who are already teaching – or are preparing soon to teach – content-based instruction (CBI). We define CBI as instruction where the content (which could be math, history, science, etc.) is taught in a language that the students are still in the process of learning. In this MOOC, we will focus on the case of EFL. CBI courses present teachers with the challenge of balancing the teaching of both language and content. The ideal way to strike this balance will differ, depending on the teaching context. This MOOC was designed to prepare participants for future decision-making and problem-solving in the area of CBI.

Participants who earn 70% or higher will receive a digital badge as a mark of completion.

Pre-course orientation module:

An orientation module opens 1 week before the start of the course, on February 11, 2018. This short guide will help you get the most out of the online learning environment by providing an introduction to the AE E-Teacher program, MOOCs, using the Canvas Network learning management system, online learning success strategies, and how to find support during the course. We strongly encourage participants to complete this module before beginning the course.

Accessing the course:

Registration closed on March 1, 2019. No new participants may join the course after this date.

Course materials:

All created content you will see in this course is licensed CC-BY 4.0. This means that anything you see that is marked CC BY 4.0 can be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed by you in your school or community.

Dates to Remember:

Jan 14: Registration opens

Feb 11: Orientation begins

Feb 18: Course begins

March 1: Registration closes: No new participants may enroll after this date.

Mar 25: Course ends: All coursework must be completed by this date.

 

Professional Development for Teacher Trainers: October 15 - November 19, 2018

About this course:

The Professional Development for Teacher Trainers MOOC is provided by Arizona State University, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

This MOOC, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops. You will gain tools and techniques for promoting professional development in your teaching context. Through participation in this course, you will develop your skills for delivering engaging and relevant teacher training.

 

 

 


Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom, April 16 – May 21, 2018

About this course:

The Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom MOOC is provided by Iowa State University, as part of the American English (AE) E-Teacher Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

This MOOC is designed to prepare TESOL professionals to integrate language learning tools into their English language teaching. Participants will become aware of free technological tools, learn how to use these tools for language learning and teaching, and evaluate the appropriateness of a technology tool for their specific contexts.

Participants who earn 70% or higher will receive a digital badge as a mark of completion.

 

 

Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting, February 19 - March 26, 2018

About this course:

The Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting MOOC presents participants with a working definition of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating differences between cultures. Participants explore what critical thinking is and why it is necessary for the development of intercultural competence. With a view toward preparing teachers to implement culture and critical thinking lessons into their current teaching contexts, participants work through numerous examples of related activities and lesson plan elements, as well as ways of evaluating students’ progress in these areas.

Participants who earn 70% or higher will receive a digital badge as a mark of completion.

The American English (AE) E-Teacher Program is proud to partner with World Learning to offer Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting, a professional development course for English language teachers.  This course is developed and taught by World Learning, a global nonprofit organization that focuses on education, development, and exchange programs. World Learning and it's graduate school, SIT Graduate Institute, specializes in American TESOL education and teacher training. The AE E-Teacher Program provides online professional development resources for English language teachers and learners worldwide and is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by FHI 360


Teaching Grammar Communicatively, September 25 - October 30, 2017

About this course:

In this practice-oriented course, participants explore how to adapt grammar instruction to meet their students’ needs. They also focus on integrating grammar instruction with teaching language skills, learn about task-based grammar learning and evaluate different error correction strategies. Participants discuss different challenges their learners may have with learning grammar, and discover how they can adapt grammar instruction to improve students’ fluency and accuracy.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will be able to…

  • understand key issues concerning grammar acquisition;
  • incorporate effective approaches and techniques of presenting and practicing grammar into your regular teaching;
  • plan communicative grammar lessons for mixed ability classes;
  • monitor, evaluate and improve your grammar lessons;
  • give effective feedback to students.