If you are a novice teacher, you are at the beginning of your teaching career. The videos in this category provide learning experiences on foundational English language teaching skills. With these foundational skills, you will have a very solid base from which to teach a wide variety of classes and learners.

Classroom Management English

The use of classroom management English is a crucial way to increase the exposure our students have to English. This is particularly important in English as a Foreign Language contexts, in which student exposure to English is limited to the English they see and hear in the classroom.

Managing Large Classes

Large classes are usually defined as classes with more than 30 students.  Large classes can be both challenging and rewarding.  With a high number of students, large classes provide plenty of opportunity for student collaboration, cooperation and self-directed learning.

The Principles of Testing and Assessment

In this video, we will explore the principles of testing and assessment in an ESL setting. We will examine the complex relationship between teaching, assessment and testing within the classroom.

Creating Rubrics for Assessment

When you begin teaching, you must think about how you will grade and assess your students in a consistent way. You must determine the types of rubrics you will use and how you will develop these rubrics.

Teaching Multi-level Classes

Many teachers, especially those in rural settings, are faced with the challenge of teaching a class where the students exhibit a variety of English language skill levels. This course will present ideas on how to incorporate activities for a multi-level setting.

Using Story Writing to Teach English

Story writing allows students to personalize the language they have learned. It is motivating and interesting because students work on their productive language skills, grammar, spelling and writing in a creative way.

The Product vs. Process Approach to Writing

Two of the most commonly used approaches to teaching writing are the product approach and the process approach. In this course we will define both approaches and discuss the advantages of each. We will then look at activities to use for each approach.

Understanding Nonverbal Communication

In this highly interactive course, we examine the cultural complexities of nonverbal communication. We define the purposes of nonverbal communication in social settings and the ways in which it can be misunderstood in intercultural contexts.

Beyond Explanations: A Variety of Grammar Presentation Techniques

Explanation is the grammar presentation technique typically used in the ESL classroom when new language structures are introduced. While there is a time and a place for explanations, there are many other techniques with which teachers can present grammar more effectively and memorably.

Quoting, Paraphrasing and Summarizing

The skills of quoting, paraphrasing and summarizing are largely expected in the academic environment of the North American culture. Often, the international student does not know how to explain in their own words what an expert has already stated.