In an attempt to better plan the professional development content of the Global Innovative Language Teachers group’s Facebook page, upon joining the GILT group, I (Barri Mock -admin and moderator of G.I.L.T.) put a simple survey together to collect information using the following questions:
- What language/languages do you teach?
- What age group/range do you teach?
- What specific areas of teaching and learning are you most interested in learning more about?
There have been 117 responses from teachers around the globe. This post reports a short summary of the outcomes.
Summary of findings
1. Languages taught: English, Spanish, French, Welsh, Polish, German, Russian, Indonesian, Latin, Italian, Japanese.
2. Age groups taughtAll age ranges from 4 years old to adult learners with the majority of responses for 11-18 years old.
3. Areas of interest mentioned by respondents:
Top 5 (in no particular order):
- Developing the use of target language (TL) in class
- Developing listening skills
- Developing spontaneity when speaking
- Developing the use of technology to enhance language learning
- Comprehensible Input (CI)
- Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)
- Project Based Learning (PBL)
- Accelerated Integrated Method (AIM)
- Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)
- Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
- Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
- Developing independent learning opportunities
- Recycling high frequency language items
- Improving take-up of languages
- Responding effectively to new specifications and examinations
- Supporting struggling students
- Challenging more able students
- Developing and building vocabulary
- Strategies to improve engagement
- Use of authentic materials
- Developing cultural awareness
- Spaced learning and retrieval
- Developing writing skills
- Activities that address practice in all skill areas
- Moving from thematic to grammar based approaches
- Supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
- Literature and cross-curricular opportunities at A-level
- Improving memory recall
- Developing questioning techniques
- Improving motivation
- Managing workload
- Developing approaches to assessment
- Improving classroom management
Many thanks to all who responded to the survey and we hope this summary is helpful.
In drawing a conclusion together for the above data, it is apparent that we are all at different stages on our professional development journey and there is a vast range of interests and aspects to our work that teachers want to learn more about and develop. The survey gives a clear picture that we are an open minded and reflective group of practitioners and stakeholders who are passionate about improving outcomes for students.
Interestingly, of the five areas that stand out as the main concerns of the language teachers in the group three refer to the skills that, according to much recent research, are famously neglected by L2 instructors, i.e. Listening and Speaking.
In the weeks and months to come, we shall strive to address the areas highlighted by our informants both in our forum’s discussions and through the content we’ll share.
Barri Mock (GILT Admin)