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Teaching philosophy

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Some ideas for first day of class

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Teaching philosophy

  1. 1. TEACHING SHONA WHYTE
  2. 2. SHONA WHYTE EDUCATION & LANGUAGES ▸ native speaker of English (Scotland) ▸ BA Languages (Interpreting and Translation) Heriot-Watt University 1987 (French and German) ▸ maîtrise d’anglais, Université François Rabelais, Tours ▸ PhD Linguistics, Indiana University Bloomington, 1994 ▸ Université de Nice since 1995
  3. 3. SHONA WHYTE TEACHING ▸ oral English (lecteurs, CAPES) ▸ translation & intercultural studies (LEA) ▸ applied linguistics, second language studies (Master EMA, MEEF) ▸ language teacher education (technology, continuing professional development) ▸ English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
  4. 4. SHONA WHYTE RESEARCH ▸ interactions in L2 classroom (Siddiqa: politeness in secondary EFL classes) ▸ Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) ▸ ESP teaching and learning (Conan: English for veterinary studies) ▸ open educational resources (OER) and practices (OEP): European projects
  5. 5. ABOUT YOURSELVES 1. Where were you born and where did you grow up? 2. What languages do you know? How did you learn each, how well do you speak, and when do you use each? What did you learn from family members or travelling or online, and what did you learn in language classes? 3. What do you like about English studies? Why are you planning to teach English?
  6. 6. “The mind is an instrument. You first sharpen it then use it” A N Whitehead (1861-1947)
  7. 7. One of the most FATAL, ERRONEOUS and DANGEROUS conceptions ever introduced into the theory of education A N Whitehead (1861-1947) “The mind is an instrument. You first sharpen it then use it”
  8. 8. The mind is never passive; it is a perpetual activity, delicate, receptive, responsive to stimulus. You cannot postpone its life until you have sharpened it. A N Whitehead (1861-1947)
  9. 9. Whatever interest attaches to your subject-matter must be evoked here and now; whatever powers you are strengthening in the pupil, must be exercised here and now A N Whitehead (1861-1947)
  10. 10. Whatever possibilities of mental life your teaching should impart, must be exhibited here and now A N Whitehead (1861-1947) “The mind is an instrument. You first sharpen it then use it”
  11. 11. That is the golden rule of education, and a very difficult rule to follow here and now hic et nunc ici et maintenant
  12. 12. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE TEACHER AND THE STUDENTS? ▸ teaching and learning happen in the classroom, not before or after ▸ the trace of a class (powerpoint, student notes) is only a record of teaching and learning ▸ students participate in class rather than sit passively or inattentively ▸ most student questions arise during class, not before, not after, not via e-mail
  13. 13. SHONA WHYTE EFL.UNICE.FR WHYTE@UNICE.FR TEACHING & LEARNING ‣ COME TO CLASS ‣ PAY ATTENTION ‣ TAKE NOTES ‣ ASK QUESTIONS ‣ VOLUNTEER ‣ PARTICIPATE ▸ teaching and learning happen in the classroom, not before or after ▸ the trace of a class (powerpoint, student notes) is only a record of teaching and learning ▸ students participate in class rather than sit passively or inattentively ▸ most student questions arise during class, not before, after or by e-mail
  14. 14. TEACHING & LEARNING ▸ teaching and learning happen in the classroom, not before or after ▸ the trace of a class (powerpoint, student notes) is only a record of teaching and learning ▸ students participate in class rather than sit passively or inattentively ▸ most student questions arise during class, not before, after or by e-mail ‣ “LE COURS N’EST PAS LE COURS” ‣ TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES ‣ LOOK UP VOCABULARY ‣ CHECK REFERENCES ‣ ASK NEXT TIME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
  15. 15. TEACHING & LEARNING ▸ teaching and learning happen in the classroom, not before or after ▸ the trace of a class (powerpoint, student notes) is only a record of teaching and learning ▸ students participate in class rather than sit passively or inattentively ▸ most student questions arise during class, not before, after or by e-mail ‣ USE YOUR DEVICES ONLY FOR LEARNING: SWITCH OFF NOTIFICATIONS ON COMPUTERS AND PHONES ‣ USE THE ENGLISH YOU HAVE, NOT WHAT YOU CAN COMPOSE WITH TIME AND DICTIONARIES AND FRIENDS ‣ GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF ACTIVITIES, DON’T JUST WAIT FOR TIME TO PASS
  16. 16. CLASSROOM POLICY - PEDAGOGICAL CONTRACT ▸ PLAGIARISM: it’s not OK to pass someone else’s work off as your own. ▸ If you use words or ideas from any source (website, book) you need to cite these in the text (with quotation marks) and at the end (in a reference list) ▸ don’t recycle a friend’s work or your own work for another class ▸ LANGUAGE: it’s not OK to use language which makes others feel disrepected or unsafe ▸ RESPECT: do your best to arrive and leave on time, to not disturb others, and to adopt an attentive attitude, without distraction ▸ NEUTRALITY: I will police plagiarism and inappropriate language and behaviour in class, but my grades reflect the quality of your work in accordance with guidelines for assignments
  17. 17. TEACHING & LEARNING ▸ teaching and learning happen in the classroom, not before or after ▸ the trace of a class (powerpoint, student notes) is only a record of teaching and learning ▸ students participate in class rather than sit passively or inattentively ▸ most student questions arise during class, not before, after or by e-mail ‣ KNOW WHERE TO FIND HANDOUTS, ASSIGNMENTS, AND DEADLINES ONLINE ‣ READ EMAILS CAREFULLY; DON’T EXPECT INDIVIDUAL MESSAGES ‣ CONSIDER YOUR ROLE IN THE CLASS: ‣ ARE YOU CONTRIBUTING TOO MUCH/NOT ENOUGH? ‣ ARE YOU EXPECTING SPECIAL ATTENTION? (I OFTEN HAVE >200 STUDENTS)
  18. 18. SHONA WHYTE whyte@unice.fr shona.whyte@univ-cotedazur.fr whyteunice@gmail.com http://efl.unice.fr shonawhyte.wordpress.com @whyshona USE ANY ONE E-MAIL (NOT ALL THREE) FIND COURSE INFORMATION OTHER RESOURCES

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