English for Academic Purposes Materials Developer
Age Group: Adult
This community field experience focuses on listening and speaking materials development for post-secondary English as an additional language learners who are preparing to enter full-time undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia. Working within a language through content framework, teacher candidates will conceptualize and create thematically oriented listening and speaking English as an additional language learning materials for the Okanagan School of Education’s English Foundation Program. Examples of materials teacher candidates may develop during this placement include creating and video recording a short lecture, developing a set of oral speaking activities, and writing and recording model presentations. Other projects related to speaking and listening skills may also be developed, according to the needs of the English Foundation Program. All materials created during the CFE placement will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The placement will start with a mandatory one-day professional development session related to key principles for English as an additional language materials development. This session will take place online in the form of a webinar. This placement is ideal for teacher candidates who want to learn more about materials writing in post-secondary additional language teaching and learning settings. The end product will be a set of listening and speaking materials to be used in the English foundation program. These materials will include at least one lecture written and recorded by a teacher candidate along with the supplementary learning materials.
Examples of past projects created by teacher candidates include “The Origins and Branding of Indigenous World Winery” and “The Geographical Process,” which can be found on the English as an Additional Language Open Education Resource page.
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The English Foundation Program, offered by the Okanagan School of Education, is a credit-bearing and innovative English for academic purposes program that provides a pathway to post-secondary studies for academically qualified students who have not yet fulfilled UBC’s English Language Admission Standard (ELAS). The program combines English as an additional language learning, intercultural understanding, and academic readiness to prepare students for university in Canada.