Students take a selfie in front of NYC skyline.

Designing and Implementing Online Communicative Activites

Course Description

This curriculum is designed for participants to learn and scaffold new language teaching and online pedagogy skills for use in their online English language courses.

Throughout this virtual or in-person program, participants will engage in project-based learning as they develop and implement synchronous and asynchronous online activities. Each week participants will work toward building a portfolio of activities for their capstone project, which will be presented in the final week.

Objectives

  • Define CLT and identify ways it can be utilized in communicative activities in online courses
  • Create communicative activities that foster community in online courses through communicative activities
  • Review and provide peer and self-feedback regarding communicative activities
  • Revise communicative activities based on self and peer-feedback
  • Identify and utilize regionally accessible and OER medial resources

Course Enhancements

  • Guest speakers from Pace University’s Pace Online and MS TESOL Department 
  • Access to Pace's library of Open Educational Resources
  • Cultural exchange activities such as virtual or in-person museum visits and walking tours

Sample Calendar (virtual or in-person)

This program can be custom designed to be any length with any and all topics below. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Monday

Welcome/Orientation Communication Skills for Your Time in NYC/Introduction Final Project

9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in the English language classroom

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Break
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Fostering community in online ESL classes

1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Walking tour of Lower Manhattan

5:00 p.m.

Tuesday

Designing Communicative Activities - Encouraging Engagement in Classes 
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Break
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Designing Communicative Activities- Connecting Sources and Content to Your Course Goals
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Wednesday

School Visit:  Meeting with Principal, Tour of School, and Class Observations
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Break
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Implementing Communicative Activities: Media Resources and OER
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m

Thursday

Implementing Communicative Activities: Synchronous or In-Person Modalities
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Break
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Implementing Communicative Activities: Asynchronous or In-Person Modalities

1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m

Friday

Present Capstone Project to Peers

9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Break
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Present Capstone Project to Peers
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m

Certificate and Farewell Celebration

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.