Sunday, March 6, 2016

iTDi Course Material Design Course Reflection

I've been wanting to write about my experience in this wonderful iTDi course for so long, but I never seemed to find the time to do so.
First of all, I have to say that it has been an honour to accept a scholarship from iTDi and I would like to thank Chuck Sandy, Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto and everybody there at iTDi who is making it possible to have access to interesting courses and world renowned professors - we would never have the chance to do so otherwise!
This is not the first time I have been attending such a course - Scholarship or paid (I really believe that you get your money's worth and learn a lot!)
This time it was about Course Material Design, Selection and Use with Penny Ur, an author, professor and mentor to so many teachers and students.
In the first session we talked about course books and if they are important to our teaching and the question arose " Book or no book in the classroom?" "what are the advantages and disadvantages of each option?
In the second session we have learned how to evaluate coursebooks and what features should the books have in order to suit our students' needs.
Third session was about adaptation of ideas - how to use book activities differently.
Fourth session focused on Speaking, Reading, Writing activities.
I have to say that although we did not talk about the use of technology so much, Penny Ur's huge experience of teaching showed us endless ways to have a interesting lesson!
Penny Ur will be in Thessaloniki for the TESOL Macedonia Thrace Convention in the end of March and I will be delighted to meet her in person.
I am looking forward to the next iTDi course!

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