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Teacher Training Videos

The videos are a series of teacher training resources developed by Carringbush Adult Education for teachers of foundation level adult EAL learners. They are designed to be used in group professional development settings or independently by teachers. The videos feature systematic approaches to teaching pronunciation, vocabulary, text, and include error correction techniques and other tips and tricks that are based on research findings. Teachers are encouraged to modify and adapt the demonstrated teaching approaches to suit their specific contexts.

* This project was funded by ACFE, CAIF round 9


  • The videos feature snapshots of different approaches and examples of lessons. They do not represent whole lessons and therefore may exclude particular aspects of teaching

  • The learning environment was recreated in an artificial setting with Carringbush teachers and learners and therefore may not accurately represent usual classroom environment and behaviour

  • The videos deliberately focus on the teachers’ actions and teaching rather than on the learners as it is primarily a resource for teachers’ professional development practice

1. New Words

This video features teaching approaches and techniques for introducing and practising new vocabulary. Teachers use picture prompts, mime, and context setting to elicit or introduce vocabulary and focuses on individual sounds, syllables, and producing the word in an utterance.

– Using visual cues to elicit language
– Practising connected speech
1. Identifying sounds (4:11)
2. Choral repetition and sound production (6:12)
3. Pair practice (6:57)
4. Syllables and syllable stress (7:22)
5. Introducing the written word (8:30)
6. Spelling choices (8:55)
7. Using the word (10:40)
8. Using physical word shape (11:36)
9. Backchaining (13.40)

2. Teaching a text

In this video, teachers demonstrate teaching strategies on teaching a text, scaffolding learning with the use of pictures, setting contexts, focusing on oral language before exposing learners to written forms. The video includes snapshots of a number of activities involving written language.

1. Use of images (0:31)
2. Working in pairs (3:18)
3. Check for understanding (3:51)
4. Focus on individual words (4:35)
5. Understanding context (6:09)
6. Transferring oral to written language (6:51)
7. Cloze comprehension activity (8:11)
8. Reading the text in pairs (8:47)
9. Recycling and reinforcing (9:36)
10. Word order (9:52)
11. Sequencing the text (11:11)
12. Written comprehension (11:27)
13. Reflecting and closing (12:34)

3. Error Correction

This video features a number of strategies to correct learners’ errors and provide targeted feedback.

1. Responding to meaning (1:02)
2. Random student selection (2:04)
3. One-on-one in group setting (2:31)
4. Praising student effort (3:07)
5. Finger correction (4:05)
6. Opportunity to try again (4:43)
7. Encouraging self-correction (5:00)
8. Pausing (5:33)
9. Providing an alternative model from another student (5:58)
10. Phonemic chart and gestures (6:45)

4. Tips & Tricks

This video features snapshots of strategies to create a safe, collaborative, and productive classroom space, and learning strategies that can be applied in working with students one-on-one and in classroom settings.

1. Environment (0:14)
2. Routines and structure (1:01)
3. Learning strategies (2:34)
4. Best practice (4:58)
5. Targeted strategies (5:39)

5. Sounds

This video features detailed descriptions of each sound in the phonemic chart, including gestures developed by Adrian Underhill, for teachers and learners to use as tools to elicit the sounds. The video demonstrates explicit pronunciation teaching techniques using the phonemic chart.

The phonemic chart featured in this video was developed by Adrian Underhill, author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation (2005) http://www.adrianunderhill.com/.

1. Vowels (1:32)
2. Diphthongs (4:27)
3. Stop sounds (6:50)
4. Fricatives (8:08)
5. Nasal sounds (9:35)
6. Semi vowels (10:03)
– Using the phonemic chart (11:23)
– Using words to focus on a target sound (15:36)
– Contrasting sounds (18:55)
– Small group activities (22:14)