Teachers often face a number of complex challenges linked to the increasing language diversity experienced in many classrooms across Europe. Free movement across intra-European borders as well as increasing migration into Europe has made the language situation in Europe increasingly diverse over the last decades, and many teachers are struggling to find the most suitable way of approaching this situation.

The term “teacher language awareness” (TLA) refers to “the interface between what teachers know, or need to know, about language and their pedagogical practice” (Andrews 2008). Although TLA is mostly referred to in the context of language teaching, it is also highly relevant to teachers of other subjects who are working in multi-lingual environments. While many teachers are already language-aware, many others are not conscious of the fact that linguistic diversity cannot only be perceived as a problem, but also as a very valuable pedagogical resource.

This course will encourage teachers of all age groups and from all subject disciplines to think more deeply about the importance of teacher language awareness and to better understand and utilise the linguistic diversity existing in their classroom. Besides, the course will provide teachers with different tools and resources to deliver curricular subjects in different languages and to plan lessons accordingly.

Enrol in this course now to learn how to become a language-aware teacher. You will have the chance to discuss and interract with like-minded peers, share practices and participate in a community of practice where you will learn from each other.

Aims and Learning Objectives

The aim of the “language-aware teacher” MOOC is to enhance teachers’ awareness of the language competences of their students and how to benefit from them, as well as to provide them with different tools and resources to support them in delivering curricular subjects in different languages.

This MOOC is especially valuable to teachers who are new to working in bilingual and CLIL projects or have little experience with these, and it will serve to provide participants with various tools and resources they can easily integrate in their lessons for more efficient and innovative teaching and learning. This MOOC raises awareness about how having students from diverse nationalities and speaking different languages in the same classroom can actually be used as an asset providing a benefit and added value to said classroom. Besides, the MOOC will help teachers to build learning scenarios for Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) in a framework of 21st-century skills.

In this MOOC, participants will:

  • Come to know of the importance of teachers’ awareness of the students’ language diversity.
  • Understand and turn language diversity into an asset for their teaching
  • Learn to empower language teaching with innovative technologies (CLIL, Multilingualism and Translanguaging) and apply them in the classroom.
  • Explore freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning to integrate in the classroom
  • Become familiar with multilingual classroom projects
  • Learn how to build learning activities using resources for CLIL

 

The course will help to develop key skills such as

  • scaffolding language
  • task design to support communication
  • anticipating problems and selecting tools to support understanding
  • checking learners' understanding
  • providing relevant and personal feedback

To get the most out of the course, you can participate in our Facebook group or share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #languageMOOC.

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
24/09/18
Module 1: The importance of language awareness Start date
24/09/18
Module 2: Turning language diversity into an asset for your teaching Start date
01/10/18
Module 3: Content and language integrated learning Start date
08/10/18
Module 4: Multilingual classroom projects Start date
15/10/18
To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 24 September 2018

Duration

The course will run for 5.5 weeks, with a total number of 4 modules (one module per week) and 1.5 extra-grace weeks at the end of the course. The workload estimated is 4-5 hours per week.

Target audience

This course is meant for primary and secondary school teachers and teacher trainers from Europe and beyond. The course also aims at teachers who work in bilingual and CLIL contexts (schools) regardless of the subject they usually teach.

Certification

You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.