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Online courses for English language teachers on Udemy

 

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Please click on the course below for a full course description and sample lectures on the Udemy website. (Please note: Although it is not expensive, this is a paid-for teacher development course that offers a certificate of completion. As a teacher, you may be able to claim the cost back from your school or college, particularly if you offer to give a presentation to staff on what you’ve learnt. Just ask your boss! If you’re freelancing, you may be able to claim them as expenses, depending on your local tax system.)

Spoken Grammar: a Guide for English Language Teachers

Teaching Grammar for Business Essays (and for formal workplace writing)

Udemy.com is an online learning platform with headquarters in San Francisco, and offices in Ankara and Dublin. It offers free and paid-for courses in a very wide range of subject areas. Typically, a course will consist of a series of short video lectures, divided into a number of different sections. Users of the site search for the type of course that interests them and, once they arrive at the course landing page, are able to access detailed information on the course goals and the tutor’s background - as well as sampling one or two of the lectures, before committing to the course. Once you enrol, you have permanent access to the course, starting it when you want, or simply choosing individual lectures as and when you want them. For more information, please click here to visit the Udemy site.


Udemy: how I got involved

After A Handbook of Spoken Grammar , Oxford Grammar for EAP, and Improve Your Grammar were published, I decided I would like to work again in the same areas, which I was still researching, but this time producing something for classroom teachers (rather than self-study books for students), and with completely new material.

It occurred to me, however, when I began to write for teachers, that what I actually wanted to do was talk to them instead, as colleagues, much as I do at conferences. That’s when I got the idea of producing online ELT courses rather than new books. So I began to look around for the kind of platform that was offering not only high-tech courses with state-of-the-art graphics, but also lower-tech versions where tutors were simply sharing their knowledge with participants, showing slides and offering additional resources such as handouts and revision tests. Udemy seemed to fit the bill.


How the Udemy courses work

What I do in the courses is to talk teachers through a series of grammar lesson plans, giving a step-by-step guide on how to teach a particular item of grammar in the classroom. All of the material is provided on the accompanying slides, which can be downloaded as text at the end of each lecture, allowing teachers to use it as they want: copying it onto a whiteboard, editing it as required, printing it out for students, or displaying it via computer - whatever suits their own teaching circumstances.


The courses

Spoken Grammar: a Guide for English Language Teachers

This course is for English language teachers who are interested in introducing their students to ‘spoken grammar’ - aspects of grammar that are typical in natural conversation, but are often not covered in traditional teaching materials - ‘vague category phrases’, for example: ‘Shall we go for a walk or something?

Please click on one of the following options for more information:

the promo video for the course on YouTube

the course description on the Udemy website 

the concept of spoken grammar

a brief description of the course

a (5/5) review of the course on the website ELT Planning 

review excerpts of the course from EL Gazette and IATEFL Voices

 

Teaching Grammar for Business Essays (and for formal business writing in the workplace)

This course is for English language teachers who are interested in introducing their students to academic grammar in the context of business essays (and formal business writing in the worplace), showing you how to teach grammar features such as passives, relative clauses and cause and effect. 

Please click on one of the following options for more information:

the promo video for the course on YouTube

the course description on the Udemy website 

the concept of academic grammar

a brief description of the course

review excerpt of the course from IATEFL Voices