The IEOP can design teacher training programs for English as a foreign language teachers. Such programs can include classes in polishing one’s English language skills and classes in teaching English as a foreign language. Training activities can also include observation of IEOP classes and a practicum in IEOP or area K-12 schools. Below is a video that includes information about our Japanese instructor program. A description of our upcoming JUSTE teacher program also follows.
Japan-US Training Exchange (JUSTE)
IEOP has hosted Japanese educators in Ames, Iowa, who have participated in a teacher training/professional development project at Iowa State University for a period of six months. After three weeks of intensive English language instruction during early August, the visiting teachers then take specially designed, graduate level classes in linguistics and language pedagogy. Fall semester activities also include observation of English as a Second Language (ESL) classes within the Intensive English and Orientation Program; attendance at professional linguistics and language teaching conferences; taking part in a specially designed Intercultural Communication Class created to help the teachers process their experience of living in America; and the preparation and delivery of formal presentations regarding the curriculum, policies, and practices of English language teaching in Japan. The final four weeks of the program include intensive classroom observations in Des Moines area public schools. Graduates of this program are now serving as national leaders to reform English language education in Japan.
The BETUSA teacher training program was designed for a group of 31 high school English teachers from Brazil. While participating in the program, teachers took four courses: TEFL Assessing the aural/oral skills, Methods and Materials for Oral Communication in EFL, TEFL Technology Course, and English Language instruction and Orientation to American Culture. Teachers also observed language classes in high schools in Ames, Perry, and Des Moines as well as participated in workshops addressing several topics (e.g., using technology to teach languages, teaching vocabulary, and communicative grammar).
In addition, teachers worked on individual projects with a mentor and gave a 10-minute presentation on the topic they were interested in. While they were in Ames, teachers also participate in several cultural events. They went to Des Moines, attended a High School basketball game, visited a farm in central Iowa, had a brown-bag lunch with IEOP teachers, and had dinner with a local family. After they went back to Brazil, they had opportunities to participate in two text-chatting sessions with a couple of instructors as well as share resources and experiences with their peers.
The Kosovo teacher training program was designed for a group of 6 teachers and included four customized courses. One of the courses focused on English language instruction (ESL) and on cultural orientation, while the other three courses focused on the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL). The three TEFL courses will focus on key aspects involved in the teaching of aural/oral skills in an EFL environment: methods and materials development, assessment, and use of technology.
In addition to the four customized courses, there was an opportunity for each participant to do independent study on a topic of interest related to the teaching and/or testing of aural/oral skills. The IEOP instructors of the TEFL courses provided mentoring for these independent study projects. The participants had an opportunity to share the results of their study at the end of the program.
Topics of the courses in the teacher training program for Chinese teachers addressed three main areas: Teacher development, CALL and research, and culture. In the teacher development sections, teachers discussed issues related to teaching roles and principles as well as the teaching of reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and grammar. During the CALL and research sections teachers learned about different computer-assisted activities and research in the different areas of linguistics. In the afternoons, teachers did activities related to American culture. Guest speakers were invited to talk about different topics in their area of expertise. Teachers also had an opportunity to work on an independent study project and share the results of their research.