On this course you will be exploring the creative elements needed for successful Storytelling. This will include choosing suitable and inspiring texts for students of all ages, how to bring these texts to life and drama-based tools and techniques to make classroom storytelling more fun and interactive. 

You will have the opportunity to experience these activities first hand during your live sessions. There will also be opportunities within your offline tasks to analyse and adapt these activities to make them work for your classroom and your students' needs. 


Course Overview

Module 1

Drama-based activities 

  • Exploring the use of the voice, body and mind as tools for storytelling.

  • Enjoying activities and challenges that develop teamwork.

  • Lowering inhibitions and stimulating imagination through drama-led play. 


Module 2

Selecting a good story

  • Selection of text, language and inspiring characters for all age groups.

  • Finding additional and alternative inspiration to match your students' abilities and interests. 

  • Exploring the language within literature, song lyrics and poetry. 


Module 3

Bringing the text to life

  • Techniques on story sharing delivery and classroom management

  • Utilising the performing arts to enhance the storytelling experience
  • Drama-based activities to support and enhance the text. 


Module 4

Your story - practice 

  • An opportunity to share a chosen text with dramatic delivery. 

  • Consolidate the experiences of the course and provide feedback to your peers.

  • Self-reflection and setting goals for use of Storytelling within the classroom.   


You will cover 2 modules a week, and each module includes a 90-minute live session and offline tasks. These tasks should take about an hour to complete, and so you can expect around 5 hours of work in total each week. Offline tasks can be done at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline. Collaboration is a key part of the course, although this doesn't mean you have to be online at the same time as your peers. However, it's important you keep to the task deadlines to enable everyone to complete the necessary work. It's also essential that you attend all of the live sessions, as this is where the key course input takes place. 



Skill Level: Beginner

On this course you will be exploring the creative elements needed for successful Storytelling. This will include choosing suitable and inspiring texts for students of all ages, how to bring these texts to life and drama-based tools and techniques to make classroom storytelling more fun and interactive. 

You will have the opportunity to experience these activities first hand during your live sessions. There will also be opportunities within your offline tasks to analyse and adapt these activities to make them work for your classroom and your students' needs. 


Course Overview

Module 1

Drama-based activities 

  • Exploring the use of the voice, body and mind as tools for storytelling.

  • Enjoying activities and challenges that develop teamwork.

  • Lowering inhibitions and stimulating imagination through drama-led play. 


Module 2

Selecting a good story

  • Selection of text, language and inspiring characters for all age groups.

  • Finding additional and alternative inspiration to match your students' abilities and interests. 

  • Exploring the language within literature, song lyrics and poetry. 


Module 3

Bringing the text to life

  • Techniques on story sharing delivery and classroom management

  • Utilising the performing arts to enhance the storytelling experience
  • Drama-based activities to support and enhance the text. 


Module 4

Your story - practice 

  • An opportunity to share a chosen text with dramatic delivery. 

  • Consolidate the experiences of the course and provide feedback to your peers.

  • Self-reflection and setting goals for use of Storytelling within the classroom.   


You will cover 2 modules a week, and each module includes a 90-minute live session and offline tasks. These tasks should take about an hour to complete, and so you can expect around 5 hours of work in total each week. Offline tasks can be done at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline. Collaboration is a key part of the course, although this doesn't mean you have to be online at the same time as your peers. However, it's important you keep to the task deadlines to enable everyone to complete the necessary work. It's also essential that you attend all of the live sessions, as this is where the key course input takes place. 



Skill Level: Beginner

In the first part of this course, we'll be looking at the principles behind selecting materials for our learners, taking into account their levels, needs and interests. We'll also think about how to adapt existing materials to make sure they are as practical and suitable as possible. 

The second half of the course will be dedicated to exploring the website 'English Cuppa' - a collaboration between Lewis School of English and Thailand TESOL. This will involve experimenting with some of the resources on the site, as well as using a combination of online tools and the templates provided to create your own materials. 

Over the 2 weeks, you will be working on collaborative tasks with your peers and sharing ideas, with guidance and support from your online tutor. 

Skill Level: Beginner

Hi everybody, and welcome to your Lewis Online Learning course! I'm very much looking forward to meeting you and working with you all. 

There are 2 modules on this course, and a new module will be released each week. At the start of each module, please check the 'Overview of Tasks and Deadlines' - this will give you an idea of what needs to be completed and timings.

You will have the chance to get to know the other participants on the course. There will be lots of collaborative tasks, so if you feel you are unable to meet the deadlines, please let us know, as this could impact on some of the other participants.

If you have any questions at any time, feel free to contact me either by email or on here. I will always try to answer within 24 hours.

There are 8 people on this course in total, and in Module 1, you will be getting to know each other a little bit.

At the end of each module, we will have a 60-minute live online session. This will be scheduled for a time that most people can make. If you can't make it, it will be recorded and uploaded on here. For the Module 1 live session, please let me know which time is best for you by clicking on THIS LINK by no later than Thursday 5 October, so that I can confirm by Friday. 

Please check the 'Announcements' discussion forum at the top of this page for messages from time to time.

So let's get started! Enjoy your course!

Abby




Skill Level: Beginner

On this course, you'll be learning about the origins of Communicative Language Teaching, considering how this differs from earlier methodologies and how it can help your students to develop communicative competence and prepare them for English language exchanges in the real world.

You will also be looking at activity design in order to maximise opportunities for student-to-student interaction in your classrooms. Through hands-on, practical tasks, you'll be working collaboratively to evaluate a range of communicative activities, as well as designing your own through the use of a framework.


Course Overview

Module 1

The principles behind the methodology

  •  Familiarisation with the Communicative Approach
  •  Developing studentsâ soft skills
  •  Understanding communicative activities

Module 2

Activity design

  •  Controlled and free practice tasks
  •  Using a framework to create activities
  •  Practice and reflection


Each module should take about 5 hours. You can study at a time convenient for you, but each task must be completed by the specified deadline. There will be a variety of tasks to complete. Collaboration is a key part of the course, although this doesn't mean you have to be online at the same time as your peers. However, it's important you keep to the task deadlines to enable everyone to complete the necessary work. At the end of each module there will be an online live chat session, timetabled for a day and time that suits the majority. For those that are unable to attend the live session, it will be recorded and uploaded to the site.


Skill Level: Beginner

Hi everybody, and welcome to your Lewis Online Learning course! I'm very much looking forward to meeting you and working with you all. 

There are 2 modules on this course, and a new module will be released each week. At the start of each module, please check the 'Overview of Tasks and Deadlines' - this will give you an idea of what needs to be completed and timings.

You will have the chance to get to know the other participants on the course. There will be lots of collaborative tasks, so if you feel you are unable to meet the deadlines, please let us know, as this could impact on some of the other participants.

If you have any questions at any time, feel free to contact me either by email or on here. I will always try to answer within 24 hours.

There are 8 people on this course in total, and in Module 1, you will be getting to know each other a little bit.

At the end of each module, we will have a 60-minute live online session. This will be scheduled for a time that most people can make. If you can't make it, it will be recorded and uploaded on here. For the Module 1 live session, please let me know which time is best for you by clicking on this link by no later than Thursday 5 October, so that I can confirm by Friday. 

Please check the 'Announcements' discussion forum at the top of this page for messages from time to time.

So let's get started! Enjoy your course!

Abby


This is a course for English language teachers who want to develop their ability to both find and create engaging materials for classroom use. Whether you work with a course book, follow a curriculum or design your own materials, ensuring that your resources are current, relevant and engaging is going to maximise their effectiveness. Sourcing teaching materials can be very time-consuming, so we will look at how to exploit authentic materials, saving on planning time and exposing your learners to real-world language. We will also look at how to create materials from scratch and build up a bank of templates for adaptable, low-prep and engaging activities that you can rely on time and time again.


Over the 2 weeks, you will be working on collaborative tasks with your peers and sharing good practice, with guidance and support from your online tutor.


Skill Level: Beginner

This is a course for English language teachers who want to develop their ability to both find and create engaging materials for classroom use. Whether you work with a course book, follow a curriculum or design your own materials, ensuring that your resources are current, relevant and engaging is going to maximise their effectiveness. Sourcing teaching materials can be very time-consuming, so we will look at how to exploit authentic materials, saving on planning time and exposing your learners to real-world language. We will also look at how to create materials from scratch and build up a bank of templates for adaptable, low-prep and engaging activities that you can rely on time and time again.


Over the 2 weeks, you will be working on collaborative tasks with your peers and sharing good practice, with guidance and support from your online tutor.



Skill Level: Beginner

Hi everybody, and welcome to your Lewis Online Learning course on Student-Centred Teaching! We are very much looking forward to meeting you and working with you all. 

There are 4 modules on this course, and a new module will be released each week. At the start of each module, please look at the 'Overview of Tasks and Deadlines', which will give you an idea of what needs to be completed, timings and deadlines.  

There will be lots of collaborative tasks, so if you feel you are unable to meet the deadlines, please let us know, as this could impact on some of the other participants. 

If you have any questions at any time, feel free to message us either by email or on here. We will always try to answer within 24 hours. 

There are 10 participants on this course in total, and in module 1, you will be getting to know each other a little bit. 

At the end of each module, we will have a 60-minute live online session. This will be scheduled for a time that most people can make. The Module 1 live session will be on Tuesday 9 May. Please let us  know which time is best for you by clicking on this link and following the instructions by no later than Thursday 4 May. The time will be confirmed on the 'Announcements' discussion forum at the top of this page, so please check this regularly. We will also upload a recording of the session there if you can't make it on the day.

So let's get started - enjoy!

Abby & Tom

 Abby Croucher
 Tom Bradbury

Skill Level: Beginner

Hi everybody, and welcome to your Lewis Online Learning course! I'm very much looking forward to meeting you and working with you all. 

There are 2 modules on this course, and a new module will be released each week. At the start of each module, please download the 'Tasks Overview' and the 'Module Checklist' documents - these are in the 'Module Resources' folder and will give you an idea of what needs to be completed, timings and deadlines.

You will have the chance to get to know the other participants on the course. There will be lots of collaborative tasks, so if you feel you are unable to meet the deadlines, please let us know, as this could impact on some of the other participants.

If you have any questions at any time, feel free to contact me either by email or on here. We will always try to answer within 24 hours.

At the end of each module, we will have a 60-minute live online session. This will be scheduled for a day and a time that most people can make. If you can't make it, it will be recorded and uploaded on here. For the Module 1 live session, please let me know which day and time is best for you by clicking on this link. You must do this by no later than Thursday 16 March, so that we can confirm by Friday. The date and time will be confirmed on the 'Announcements' discussion forum at the top of this page, so please check this regularly. 

So let's get started...

Enjoy!

Abby


Abby Croucher, course tutor