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5 pasos para evaluar el bilingüismo en tu institución

El bilingüismo está en aumento a nivel mundial, y se ha vuelto esencial medir su impacto y evaluar su importancia para las instituciones. La evaluación institucional del bilingüismo proporciona a las organizaciones un marco integral para apoyar los procesos de toma de decisiones y medir su impacto dentro de la organización. Además, ayuda a prepararse para los riesgos potenciales que puedan surgir en el futuro. Con esta información a la mano, las instituciones pueden crear un plan de acción efectivo que les ayudará a maximizar la eficiencia de sus programas de inglés. 

Esta evaluación ayuda a las instituciones a comprender hasta qué punto su entorno es propicio para el desarrollo y uso del inglés. Los beneficios de la evaluación institucional son numerosos e incluyen un mejor desempeño académico, una mayor satisfacción de los estudiantes, una mayor comprensión y apreciación cultural, así como una mejor moral de los docentes. Además de identificar oportunamente las fortalezas y debilidades del programa, permite construir un plan de mejoramiento continuo para la institución. 

Como director o coordinador en un centro de idiomas o un colegio, es necesario llevar a cabo esta evaluación institucional detallada, sin embargo, en este artículo compartimos una evaluación inicial del programa de inglés y el bilingüismo en su institución.

 


 

Los beneficios de la evaluación institucional son numerosos e incluyen un mejor desempeño académico, una mayor satisfacción de los estudiantes, una mayor comprensión y apreciación cultural, así como una mejor moral de los docentes.

Aquí tienes 5 pasos para llevar a cabo una evaluación de bilingüismo en su institución.

PASO 1: Socializar la necesidad e importancia de la evaluación institucional a toda la comunidad educativa, con el fin de tener participación de personas representativas, de cada uno de los actores de su comunidad. Se sugiere, para dar inicio a este proceso, crear un equipo de trabajo con por lo menos un representante de cada actor de su comunidad.

PASO 2: Elegir criterios a evaluar como perfil de docentes, currículo, textos guías, estrategias para el uso del inglés por fuera del aula en la institución. Aunque no se lleve a cabo una evaluación profunda con toda la comunidad, se puede hacer con el equipo de bilingüismo constituido para obtener unos resultados preliminares de este grupo focal. 

Descarga un checklist para iniciar el proceso

Evaluar el desempeño de las instituciones educativas es esencial para el desarrollo de un sistema educativo exitoso y que funcione bien.

PASO 3: Medir la eficacia de los procesos, documentos y talento humano actual. Recopilar datos de todos o algunos de los criterios mencionados anteriormente, empleando diversas herramientas de evaluación, como pruebas lingüísticas, encuestas para estudiantes y padres de familia, y observaciones de clases, entre otras.

PASO 4: Analizar los datos recopilados para identificar las fortalezas, debilidades y posibles riesgos del programa de bilingüismo y hacer recomendaciones para mejorarlo desde el equipo de bilingüismo de la institución. 

PASO 5: Comunicar los resultados de la evaluación a todas las partes interesadas y desarrollar un plan de acción para implementar las recomendaciones y mejorar el programa de bilingüismo.

Este proceso se puede ver diferente en cada institución, lo importante es dar el primer paso de reconocer la importancia de implementar esta evaluación institucional y empezar a tomar decisiones informadas basadas en los datos recolectados. 

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Top Mistakes English Teachers Make (And How to Avoid Them) – Part 1

   

As English teachers, we may feel sometimes that there are things that are just not working, but we’re not sure why. Well, in this series, we are going to explore the top mistakes we make as English teachers and how to avoid them.

 


 

Mistake #1: Failing to plan effective lessons

Why is it important? 

Of course, we all know lesson planning is an important part of the teaching process. You can even find different ways to simplify your lesson planning process in our previous post. Lesson plans help us stay on track and stay organized during class. They also make sure that your students get a well-rounded and interesting lesson. The most common mistake is not taking the time to plan our lessons.

Common Mistakes 

This can lead to a lack of structure and organization, as well as a lack of focus on the learning objectives for the class. Another common mistake is not considering the needs and abilities of the students, which can result in lessons that are either too difficult or too easy for the students.

Some tips to avoid common mistakes

  • Take the time to plan your lessons thoroughly and consider the needs and abilities of your students.
  • Focus on the learning objectives for the class and make sure that your lessons are well-rounded and comprehensive. Try using long-term planning, find out more here
  • Use a variety of teaching methods, including hands-on activities, group work, and discussion, to keep students engaged and involved.
  • Incorporate real-life examples and authentic materials into your lessons to make them more relevant and interesting to students.
  • Continuously evaluate and adjust your lesson plans to ensure that they are effective and meeting the needs of your students.

Continuously evaluate and adjust your lesson plans to ensure that they are effective and meeting the needs of your students.

Mistake #2: Over-reliance on textbooks

Why is it important? 

As an English language teacher, textbooks can be quite important, especially depending on your school’s curriculum. It’s easy to fall into the trap of relying solely on the textbook for lesson material. But if you only use a textbook, your lessons might not be as creative or interesting, and your students might feel bored and uninterested in the material. Textbooks are a valuable resource, but they should not be the only source of information or activity in the classroom.

Common Mistakes 

One common mistake is to only get information from the textbook instead of adding real-life examples and activities. Another mistake is to simply go through the textbook in a linear fashion, rather than using it as a starting point for more interactive and engaging lessons.

Some tips to avoid common mistakes

  • Use real-life examples and authentic materials, such as news articles or videos, to bring the material to life for students.
  • Encourage students to use English in real-life situations by incorporating role-plays and simulations into your lessons.
  • Use the textbook as a starting point, rather than the sole source of information, and incorporate other materials and activities into your lessons.
  • Encourage students to use the textbook as a reference, rather than the sole source of information, by encouraging them to do additional research and explore topics in more depth.
  • By supplementing textbook materials with real-life examples and activities, you can make your lessons more engaging, interactive, and relevant to your students. This will help to foster their interest in the language and support their development as English language learners.

By supplementing textbook materials with real-life examples and activities, you can make your lessons more engaging, interactive, and relevant to your students.

Mistake #3: Underestimating the Importance of Pronunciation

Why is it important? 

It’s important to realize how important pronunciation is to language skills as a whole. Good pronunciation is important for good communication because it makes it easier for students to be understood and for others to understand them. Students’ confidence and fluency in speaking a language can be greatly improved by putting a lot of focus on how to say words.

Common Mistakes 

One common mistake is not paying enough attention to pronunciation in lessons, especially if the teacher is a non-native speaker themselves. Another mistake is not taking the time to correct pronunciation mistakes in real time, allowing them to become ingrained habits.

Some tips to avoid common mistakes

  • Emphasize the importance of pronunciation from the very beginning and make it a regular part of your lessons.
  • Use visual aids, such as pictures or videos, to help students understand the sounds of the language.
  • Correct pronunciation mistakes in real time and provide individualized feedback to students.
  • Encourage students to practice pronunciation in small groups or individually with a focus on proper intonation and rhythm.
  • Provide opportunities for students to practice their pronunciation in real-life situations, such as role-plays or presentations.
  • By placing a strong emphasis on pronunciation and promoting good speech habits, you can help your students to improve their overall language skills and become confident, fluent speakers of English.

By placing a strong emphasis on pronunciation and promoting good speech habits, you can help your students to improve their overall language skills and become confident, fluent speakers of English.

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How to Spend Less Time Preparing Lessons

   

Lesson planning has always been a time-consuming and complex process for teachers. I’m almost sure if you ask most teachers, novice or experienced, this will be a pain point. I remember when I first started teaching, and I would take at least twice as long as the lesson lasted. I would research the grammar to increase my awareness, find different ways to model or explain it to my students, and explore teaching practices that would support my students based on their needs. Through the years, this process became easier and more streamlined, which is why I wanted to tap into my over twenty-year experience and share some tips to help you plan smarter.

 

Analyze current lesson plans

  1. Assess your lesson planning routine

The process may seem complex and time-consuming, so the first thing you need to do is find out why. Analyze your lesson planning routine and determine which part of it is taking the longest or is the most difficult for you. Then, come back to this post and make a list of possible solutions to make the process easier and more efficient. This process of reflection should be done often so that we can evaluate both how we plan our lessons and the lessons themselves to see how well they worked for our students. Once you have identified the weaknesses in your lesson planning routine, it’s time to get to work! Here are some of my ideas.

 

Plan effectively

  1. Map out learning goals: Before planning each lesson, take the time to map out the learning goals for the entire course. This will help you see the big picture and ensure that each lesson builds towards these goals. I would start your course map with four columns: lesson, goal, and expected outcome. Then plan detailed lessons when the time comes.
  1. Use reverse planning: Instead of starting from scratch, try reverse planning. Start with the end goal in mind, which you can take from your course map, and work backwards to determine what students need to know in order to achieve it. This makes it easier to plan and makes sure that every lesson is important and relevant. At this point, you’ll need to add a column to the course map with the heading “Student Needs,” where you’ll enter two to three things your students absolutely need to be successful during this lesson. Think of it like a rough outline or brainstorm of your lesson’s needs.
  1. Simplification of lesson plan formats

Based on the findings of some researchers, a one-page lesson plan could indeed solve many of the issues teachers have when planning lessons. This short and to-the-point version of a lesson plan could have the most important information and keep the expected results realistic. We would go as far as to propose that you continue your lesson plan on the same Course Map. You can add one more column with lesson details, such as Introduction, Action, and Assessment.

 

Consider setting up a lesson planning group with other teachers and sharing ideas, materials, and resources.  

Reusing materials

  1. Use technology to your advantage: There are a variety of tech tools available to help streamline the lesson planning process. For example, you can use an app or website that allows you to create and save lesson plans, access resources, and track progress. You can also download our free Course Map and Lesson Plan Format to get you started and keep track on Google Drive.

 

  1. Collaborate with colleagues: Sharing lesson planning ideas and resources with colleagues can be a great way to save time and stay motivated. Consider setting up a lesson planning group with other teachers and sharing ideas, materials, and resources. Some researchers even created Wikis to help in this group planning endeavor. This not only saves you time but also keeps the lessons tailored to your teaching context.

 

7. Prioritize the essential content: When planning a full course, it can be tempting to try to include everything from the text book or curriculum. However, this often leads to lesson overload and can be overwhelming for both you and your students. Instead, prioritize the essential content and focus on delivering that information effectively.

 

Go with the flow

8. Embrace flexibility: Lesson planning is a fluid process, and it’s important to be flexible and adapt to the needs of your students. Don’t be afraid to change your lesson plans when you need to, and use any teaching opportunities that come up in class. Take notes of those unexpected moments in your Course Map and Lesson Plan Format or keep them in a teaching journal.

 

All in all, planning effective lessons doesn’t have to be overwhelming; you can find the best routine that works for you by trial and error. So, if the routine you currently have is not wokring for you, roll up those sleeves and get started. This is how I’ve managed to simplify my lesson planning over the years, while always focusing on the essentials. Here’s a brief summary, of how you could do it, too.

 

Preplanning > Planning > Implementing > Reflecting/Evaluating

Step 1: Analyze current Lesson planning routine. 

Step 2: Preplan with a course map. 

Step 3: Plan your lessons by expanding the information on your course map. 

Step 4: Implement your lesson. 

Step 5: Reflect on the effectiveness on your lesson plan and your students’ learning outcomes. 

 

Download our free Course Map and Lesson Plan Format to get you started.

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Diversify Your EFL Career: Explore Different Contexts and Roles

   

As an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher, you have a wealth of opportunities to expand your career and explore different contexts and roles. While traditional teaching positions in language schools or universities are common, there are many alternative paths for EFL teachers to take, which can offer new challenges, skills, and experiences.

Here are some innovative and creative roles that EFL teachers can explore:

 

Teaching for Specific Purposes

Find job opportunities teaching business English or exam preparation courses.

 

Material and Course Design

Take your teaching role up to next level by creating and designing English teaching content or courses. 

 

Using English in other roles

Use your knowledge of English to take on roles outside of education like tourism and translation. 

 

Corporate Trainer: Many companies have a need for employees who can communicate effectively in English, especially for multinational companies. EFL teachers can offer their expertise to train employees in business English, cross-cultural communication, and presentation skills. You can prepare for this kind of role with our Teaching Business English 60-hour TEFL Course

Online Teacher: With the rise of online education, EFL teachers can work remotely and reach a wider audience. Platforms like VIPKid, iTutorGroup, and Cambly are popular choices for EFL teachers who want to work online. Find out more about how to be your own boss with our Teaching English Online as a Freelancer 30-Hour TEFL/TESOL Course. Keep developing your skills with courses like 10-Hour TEFL / TESOL Micro-credentials for Games and Activities for the Online Classroom for Very Young Learners, Young Learners, Teenagers or Adults. You could even gain knowledge depending on the group size like with the 10-Hour TEFL / TESOL Micro-credential, Teaching English Online to Groups.

Teacher-Trainer: Experienced and knowledgable EFL teachers who are passionate about professional development can consider becoming teacher trainers. They can deliver workshops, courses, and seminars to help other teachers improve their teaching skills and knowledge of English language teaching methodology.

 

There are many alternative paths for EFL teachers to take, which can offer new challenges, skills, and experiences.  

Content Creator: EFL teachers can leverage their knowledge and skills to create content, such as course materials, videos, podcasts, or blogs, to help students learn English. These materials can be sold online or used in their own teaching practice. Learn everything you need to know about how to create your own English course for Specific Purposes with our Designing Custom Courses 40-Hour TEFL/TESOL Course or Materials Development for the EFL Classroom 20-Hour TEFL / TESOL Micro-credential. 

Language Assessment Specialist: EFL teachers can work in the field of language assessment, developing or evaluating language exams or tests, such as TOEFL or IELTS.

You can learn all of the pedagogical strategies required to teach an exam preparation course with these Micro-credentials. 

  • Teaching TOEFL Test Prep 20-Hour TEFL / TESOL Micro-credential 
  • Teaching PTE Test Prep 20-Hour TEFL / TESOL Micro-credential
  • Teaching IELTS Exam Prep 20-Hour TEFL / TESOL Micro-credential 

Language Immersion Program Coordinator: EFL teachers can help organize and run language immersion programs, where students live and study in a foreign country. They can use their teaching skills and knowledge of the local culture to create a dynamic and engaging language learning experience. 

Tour Guide: EFL teachers with a passion for travel and culture can consider becoming tour guides. They can use their language skills and knowledge of different countries to lead groups of tourists and provide a unique perspective on the local culture.

Translators or interpreters: English language teachers can also learn more about becoming a translator or an interpreter. In translation, you could aspire to a written translation job or an online or face-to-face consecutive or simultaneous translator. 

In conclusion, there are many alternative and exciting paths that EFL teachers can take to diversify their careers. These roles offer the chance to utilize your teaching skills in new and innovative ways and to gain new experiences, perspectives, and challenges. If you want to know more about how ELT Think Tank can support you on your path, just contact us

 

Interested in becoming an English teacher? 

Find out more about our 140-hour blended TESOL/TEFL Certification course. 

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