Course contents

This self-study course in English will prepare you for the concorso docenti through audio, video and text lessons, interactive activities and downloadable sample answers: 4 video lessons, 3 audio lessons, 10 text summaries and 3 revision units! Read the course introduction below:

  • 4

    Unit 3: Audiolingualism

    • Unit 3: Audiolingualism

    • Part 1: Audiolingualism

    • Part 2: Drills

    • Further sources and references

  • 5

    Unit 4: Communicative Language Teaching

    • Unit 4: Communicative Language Teaching

    • Part 1: Communicative language teaching

    • Part 2: Information gap and the communicative syllabus

    • Part 3: The notional-functional syllabus

    • Part 4: Functions and the CEFR

    • Concorso essay question

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 6

    Unit 5: Task-Based Language Teaching

    • Unit 5: Task-Based Language Teaching

    • Part 1: Task-Based Language Teaching

    • Part 2: Needs analysis

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

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    Unit 6: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

    • Unit 6: Content and Language Integrated Learning

    • Part 1: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

    • Part 2: CLIL in Italy

    • Concorso essay task

    • Further sources and references

  • 8

    Unit 7: Review of language teaching methods

    • Unit 7: Review of language teaching methods

    • Part 1: Summary of language teaching methods

    • Part 2: Multiple choice quiz on language teaching methods

    • Expansion: Other teaching methods and the flipped classroom

    • Send us your questions!

  • 9

    Unit 8: Challenging language teaching methods

    • Unit 8: Challenging language teaching methods

    • Challenging language teaching methods

    • Further sources and references

  • 10

    Unit 9: World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca

    • Unit 9: World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca

    • Part 1: World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca

    • Part 2: Intelligibility and pronunciation

    • Concorso essay question

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 11

    Unit 10: Language assessment

    • Unit 10: Language assessment

    • Part 1: Key concepts in language assessment

    • Part 2: Validity, reliability, washback and impact

    • Concorso essay question

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 12

    Unit 11: Principles of Second Language Acquisition

    • Unit 11: Principles of Second Language Acquisition

    • Principles of Second Language Acquisition

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 13

    Unit 12: Technology-enhanced language learning

    • Unit 12: Technology-enhanced language learning

    • Part 1: A brief history of technology-enhanced language teaching and learning

    • Part 2: Connectivism

    • Part 3: TBLT and technology

    • Part 4: Open educational resources; concorso essay question

    • Part 5: Online teaching

    • Part 6: The future of TELL

    • Quiz: acronyms

    • Further sources and references

  • 14

    Unit 13: Theories of motivation

    • Unit 13: Theories of motivation

    • Part 1: Language learner motivation: key theories

    • Part 2: Demotivation

    • Concorso essay question

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 15

    Unit 14: Teaching the four skills

    • Unit 14: Teaching the four skills

    • Part 1: Introduction to the four skills

    • Part 2: Top-down and bottom-up processing in receptive skills

    • Further sources and references

  • 16

    Unit 15: Teaching listening

    • Unit 15: Teaching listening

    • Pre-lesson task

    • Part 1: Teaching listening: theory, practice and the process approach

    • Part 2: A prognostic approach

    • Part 3: Listening in context

    • Concorso essay question

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 17

    Unit 16: Teaching reading

    • Unit 16: Teaching reading

    • Teaching reading

    • Further sources and references

  • 18

    Unit 17: Teaching speaking

    • Unit 17: Teaching speaking

    • Part 1: Teaching speaking

    • Part 2: Intelligibility

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 19

    Unit 18: Teaching writing

    • Unit 18: Teaching writing

    • Part 1: Key concepts

    • Part 2: Planning a writing lesson

    • Part 3: Writing and technology

    • Part 4: Lesson planning

    • Further sources and references

    • Ready for a quiz?

  • 20

    Unit 19: Revision activities

    • Unit 19: Revision activities

    • Flashcards

    • Quiz about language teaching methods

    • Quiz about World Englishes and language assessment

    • Quiz about SLA, TELL and theories of motivation

    • Quiz about teaching the 4 skills

    • Send us your questions!

  • 21

    Extra sources

    • Extra sources

    • Glossaries

    • Research-based blogs

    • Podcasts

    • Teaching literature

  • 22

    Conclusion

    • Can you give us some feedback on the course?

    • You have successfully completed the course!

  • 23

    Bonus unit: Lesson plan template and sample lesson plan

    • Lesson plan template and sample lesson plan

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A historical timeline of language teaching methods

Course reviews

5 star rating

Concorso straordinario passato con 72/80

anna favaretto

Grazie grazie e ancora grazie! senza di voi non sarei mai riuscita a passare il concorso straordinario di ottobre scorso. Mi avete dato la possibilità di acc...

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Grazie grazie e ancora grazie! senza di voi non sarei mai riuscita a passare il concorso straordinario di ottobre scorso. Mi avete dato la possibilità di accedere a una serie di materiali che altrimenti da sola avrei fatto molta fatica a reperire. Ho studiato quasi esclusivamente dai vostri materiali e ritengo che siano stati la carta vincente!!! vi ringrazio ancora tantissimo!

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THE BEST COURSE I'VE EVER ATTENDED

Paola Mammi

I bought this course to take the concorso straordinario and I found out it covers all the topic I needed in a very interesting way. It's full of resources. I...

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I bought this course to take the concorso straordinario and I found out it covers all the topic I needed in a very interesting way. It's full of resources. I strongly recommend it to all my ELT colleagues.

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Just great!

daniela moffa

Ho impiegato mesi a raccogliere materiale sparso su internet e a comprare libri vari senza risultati a mio parere soddisfacenti. Questo corso è esattamente q...

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Ho impiegato mesi a raccogliere materiale sparso su internet e a comprare libri vari senza risultati a mio parere soddisfacenti. Questo corso è esattamente quello che cercavo: è perfetto sia per affrontare il concorso sia per migliorarmi come insegnante di lingua. In particolare, mi ha colpito per l'organizzazione del materiale, che è eccellente, e la qualità delle video-lezioni, che incuriosiscono e riescono a tenere alta l'attenzione .

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An inspirational course

Sabrina Perini

Thanks to this course I've learned many new tips about activities to do in the classroom and I've discovered so many websites and blogs to improve my knowled...

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Thanks to this course I've learned many new tips about activities to do in the classroom and I've discovered so many websites and blogs to improve my knowledge of English Language Teaching.

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Concise and appropriate

rossella pozzi

very well done, a lot of materials to study, reliable tests and Concorso Essay Questions with deep analysis as samples

very well done, a lot of materials to study, reliable tests and Concorso Essay Questions with deep analysis as samples

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LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODOLOGY

Letizia Pantalloni

Trovo il corso ben organizzato, gli argomenti fin qui svolti sono spiegati con chiarezza, vi sono molti suggerimenti e link per approfondire gli argomenti tr...

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Trovo il corso ben organizzato, gli argomenti fin qui svolti sono spiegati con chiarezza, vi sono molti suggerimenti e link per approfondire gli argomenti trattati ed i test aiutano a memorizzare e a riflettere su quanto esposto.

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Really well done!

Susan Boyd

Great course. A bit too long and detailed in some units but very easy to follow.

Great course. A bit too long and detailed in some units but very easy to follow.

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precise

Nadia Nizzetto

The course provides the students with different materials and loads of articles that can enrich your knowledge. Suitable also for teachers "di ruolo".

The course provides the students with different materials and loads of articles that can enrich your knowledge. Suitable also for teachers "di ruolo".

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EXCELLENT

Germana Alfeo

EXCELLENT

EXCELLENT

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Very well laid out and rich in content. Excellent for the...

Roberto Ciampi

Course authors

Lead Instructor

Chiara Bruzzano

Chiara Bruzzano is a researcher in Language Education at the University of Leeds, UK, where she is conducting research projects on the teaching of listening in Italian secondary schools and on ESOL and forced migrants in UK universities. Chiara also collaborates with the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the University of Milan as a language trainer. She has taught English in the UK, Spain and Italy. She has published research and presented at international conferences on language teaching methodology. Further, she has developed teacher training materials for Oxford University Press Italia, and she is a resident writer for English Teaching Professional. Find out more about Chiara via her website https://snippetsofelt.weebly.com/

Contributor

Sylvia Provenzano

Sylvia is a Teaching Fellow in English at the University of Bologna and an Examiner. Growing up bilingual between the UK and Italy, Sylvia has always pursued her passion for languages: she studied Modern Foreign Languages and Literature at the Catholic University of Milan and completed her MA in TESOL and Translation Studies at Aston University in Birmingham. She has taught English in a wide range of educational contexts in Spain, Italy and UK with a focus on exam preparation, ESP and Academic English. She has also been Course Director in Cambridge and has taught online to refugees and displaced people for several years. Sylvia is currently studying for her Cambridge DELTA. She is interested in English as a Foreign Language and especially in Communicative Language Teaching. Find out more about her on this page: shorturl.at/bCI24

Instructional and Graphic Designer

Annalisa Perone

Annalisa leverages her academic background in Modern Foreign Languages and her professional training as an animator and a graphic designer to create instructional materials. She is based in Germany, where she works with like-minded language teachers and researchers to produce effective materials.
  • Everything in one place

    High-quality lessons designed by language education academics based on the latest research, all in the same place. Each unit starts with a summary and continues with expansion tasks and quizzes, so you decide how much to study of each topic.

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    You can access 4 units for free, including video lessons, expansion tasks, quizzes, open essay questions, downloadable sample answers and bibliographies with links to open access publications.

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