My name is Erin. I'm an older American teaching English in Moscow, Russia. I've published some Young Learner course materials here over the last 8 years and I'm currently working on creating Beginning-Elementary Level course books. As a teacher, I've worked with a broad variety of materials in my 23 years of teaching English to non-native speakers (British, American and Korean). I have broad experience with students of all ages (3-73) and all levels and have also done teacher training here in Russia.
In September, my teaching load will increase considerably so I hope that in the next three weeks I'll be able to master what I need to contribute. Although I handle the computer pretty well (and learn quickly), I have no technical training in this area. For assignments in this direction, I might need to be walked through the steps by someone more experienced.
At this point, a few concerns I have are:
1. I'd like to understand if this project is intended to be "generic" in terms of general communication skills and functions for all languages, all ages and all levels or something more targeted?
2. I think we will need some exercises that go beyond just vocabulary and grammar points to include appropriate expressions in interactions and dialogues. These could include listening to simple (two-voice) dialogues and multiple choice responses.
3. Two very essential skills in any language are the proper forming of questions and understanding (mostly) direct spoken questions adressed to oneself. These are always a challenge for learners up to high intermediate level. How can we best cover this area?
4. I think storytelling is a very good idea, but would be further enriched if we could add dialogue and speech bubbles for the characters. I also think classic tales are a good start but some everyday newstories (real life stories/biographies) could also fit well in this category and reach more mature learners (especially men)..
I'm thankful to be part of this interesting project.