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 others 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.

Aims and Learning Objectives

The aim of the “Language-aware teacher” MOOC is to enhance teachers’ awareness about 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 to deliver 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 of these, and it will serve to provide participants with various tools and resources they can easily integrate in their lessons for a more efficient and innovative teaching and learning. This MOOC focuses on raising awareness about the advantage of 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 their classrooms. Besides, the MOOC will serve to 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:

  • Be aware of the importance of teachers’ awareness about 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 how to 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.

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List of modules

Introduction

Start date: 20/09/2021 12:00

End date: 27/10/2021 23:59

Module 1: The Importance of Language Awareness

Start date: 20/09/2021 12:00

End date: 27/10/2021 23:59

Module 2: Turning Language Diversity into an Asset for your Teaching

Start date: 27/09/2021 12:00

End date: 27/10/2021 23:59

Module 3: Content and Language Integrated Learning

Start date: 04/10/2021 12:00

End date: 27/10/2021 23:59

Module 4: Multilingual Classroom Projects

Start date: 11/10/2021 12:00

End date: 27/10/2021 23:59

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 20 September 2021

End date

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Duration

The course lasts for 5,5 weeks: during the first four weeks, one new module opens every Monday. The deadline for the final assignment is Wednesday, 27 October.
The estimated workload is 4-5 hours per week, with a total of approximately 25 hours for the completion of the course.

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 a course badge and a course certificate if you complete the full course: this means you have to visit all sections and complete the final peer assessment activity before the deadline.

All badges can be exported to the Badgr Backpack.

You can get your certificate formally accredited if you live in Ireland; Portugal; Emilia-Romagna, Italy; or Castilla y León, Spain. Find out how to apply for accreditation.

Course Moderators

Daniela Cuccurullo
Efi Saltidou
Letizia Cinganotto