The three days seminar which was held in Laghouat on teaching and learning English language had been substantially influential and beneficial for both teachers and student-teachers. Inspectors on the field –invited as consultants- have thoroughly diagnosed and debated a variety of subjects related to teaching and learning English as a foreign language.
Mr. Merabet opened the seminar with an amazing talk on Learning Theories, then devoted the two remaining days to assessment5theory and practice). Mr. Djebarra was more concerned with Speaking and Reading whereas Mr. Zebbar dealt with Listening and Writing.
Mr. Louznadji’s presentation, for instance, issued a set of absolutely essential aspects of teaching English including planning, setting objectives and most of all adopting updated and flexible teaching methods.
Planning is considered to be a crucial phase to be accomplished before entering the classroom. According to Mr. Louznadji, planning is vital because it demonstrates self-esteem as well as self-confidence. The teacher who plans will definitely provide professional and quality performance. This indicates a great deal of respect to the job and more importantly to the learner. Making a timely well organized lesson plan would ensure a motivating environment for learning. Since the main concern of the teacher is to reach the target objectives, planning would help him in assessing the validity of his effort so as to improve his outcome.Planning involves a mere description of the procedure that the teacher is intending to follow in a certain amount of time to reach a specific objective. In fact, there are three types of planning namely: short-term planning, mid-term planning and long-term planning .It is important here to point out that the teacher needs to consider some documents before designing his own lesson plan. This includes official documents mainly the curriculum, the syllabus, supporting documents, the textbook and the teacher’s guide. These documents would not only help the teacher in designing his lesson plan, but also in setting SMART and valid objectives.People usually use the words aims and objectives interchangeably. However, there is a very clear-cut distinction between the two terms. As illustrated by Mr. Louznadji, aims are broad, vague and abstract. Thus, an aim can embody a number of objectives. On the other hand, objectives tend to be very specific and precise. They must be stated in the clearest terms possible so as to describe exactly what the students will be able to do at the end of a learning experience. It has been agreed upon by practitioners that objectives should be ‘SMART’. That is to say, they should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and of course time bound. Bloom’s taxonomy might be utmost helpful for designing lessons and making SMART objectives. It involves the different levels of thinking and reflection that students are prone to go through. Students usually start by a mere knowledge of the material and then understand it. After that, they gradually proceed to apply it in a new concrete context; they break down the material into its constituent parts to analyze it. After examining the relationship between those parts, students start to synthesize a new meaningful whole. They eventually evaluate the relevance of the material. Teachers here are advised to adapt the tasks to Bloom’s taxonomy in order to ensure a better learning sequence. For objectives, it is preferable to use active statements such as “students will be able to do...” Hence, teachers should use action verbs that are appropriate to each level.
Helping learners to relate theory to practice is said to be one of the most difficult tasks of the educator. However, I think that Mr. Louznadji managed to make us conceive the most significant notions that are used in the field of teaching English as a foreign language. Through sampling and inspiration, he facilitated a lot the application of TEFL theories in our professional practice.
Third year Student,
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We were very pleased to have all of you here among us.
Our students benefited a lot from your lessons and presentations.
We thank you very much for your great efforts and devotion.
Hoping to see you again in our school.
Mme BABAGHAYOU Lamia
Ecole Normale Supérieure
It has always been a pleasure attending your seminars through which we , teachers, get useful techniques in our daily teaching. what you did in Laghouat is not new to us but stamps your encouragement and leadership to us, thank you.
I am sure that what you' re doing with your honorable team is what novelist teachers need to pave the way for their jobs. We realized as supervisors that teaching strategies as well as didactic are neglected at the university.It's time to get the target.
We wish that these workshops will be everywhere in Algeria. Especially for LMD students because they lack everything about teaching.
Thanks for your fruitful work.I am sure you will bring success to all teachers.Go on.
Mr. Ounis youcef
I.E.M. Oum Ebouaghi West