In this introductory course to sustainable foreign language teaching and learning, participants are invited to join a learning community of foreign language teachers who are interested in creative ways of language teaching and learning. We understand learning as a relational and multidimensional process. Hence we will look at the subject, the teacher and the child.
In videos, texts and tasks we will look at child development with special focus on natural language acquisition as well as basic thoughts about language learning in school. It is the aim of our courses to foster an understanding of the underlying processes of language acquisition and learning. Moreover we will introduce you to a variety of methods that can help children and teenagers to learn new languages in school according to their own capabilities, motivated by joy and interest. With a holistic (Waldorf) perspective on the human being we work with inspiration and imagination towards creative ways of teaching and learning languages in a globalized world.
With the help of the basic tools of action research and collegial conversations participating teachers will be enabled to not only discover the world of FLL through theoretical texts and examples of good practice, but also to learn from their own teaching as well as from and with each other.
In this first part of the course you will also be introduced to the usage of the tools of online learning which we use in our courses.
This self-paced course is meant as preparation for the course ‘Sustainable language teaching and learning part 2’, which will start again in September 2018.
The whole course (part 1 and 2) offers material for six to eight weeks plus some additional time for finishing the tasks and assignments.
Duration10 - 12 hours
Skill levelAll levels
Week 0: Orientation week 5
Welcome to elewa - e-learning Waldorf! This first week of elewa's course on Sustainable language teaching and learning is meant to give you some orientation and help you to understand the overall structure of the course. We hope you will get familiar with navigating and finding your way around. In the first video I will introduce you to some of our thoughts about language teaching and learning as well as teacher learning and cooperation that form the basis for this course about sustainable education.
Week 1: Basic thoughts on education and language learning 12
This week you can learn about our understanding of the aims of education in general and language learning in particular. We will investigate the learning process itself and explain how this concept of learning not only influences our way of teaching but has influenced the elewa online courses as well. In this context we will also introduce community circles as a tool of collegial communication.
This week we will focus on language learning and investigate what natural language acquisition can teach us about the conditions of language learning. You will find out what we can learn from the observation of natural language acquisition for formal language lessons in school. Moreover, there will be examples of good practice - combined with the invitation to try things out in your own lessons, to start on your first practitioner research project and to share your experience in the discussion forum..
Ulrike Sievers was born in the North of Germany. She studied English and Biology and has taught both of these subjects in Waldorf schools with great enthusiasm for over 20 years. Her main interest is in how school education can create a space in which children and young people can grow up in a healthy way, develop a love for nature and the living world and become interested in other people, their cultures and their languages. She has also contributed nationally and internationally to teacher education and offers courses for students at the Waldorf seminar in Hamburg and Stuttgart.