Developing Metacognition in Our Classrooms

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English for Specific Purposes: Needs-based Teaching and Certification

by Joseph Schlefke

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Abstract

Developing Metacognition in Our Classrooms

Metacognition is seldom explicitly taught even though we use it in our everyday lives without even realizing it. Learning something new is virtually impossible without calling upon our innate metacognitive skills, which we usually develop empirically, not through a structured approach. This session will discuss what metacognition is and explore quick and accessible ways to help our students develop their own learning strengths and abilities in classroom settings, whether they be in-person or online. We will also discover how collaborative learning can be exploited using metacognitive techniques, leading to shared knowledge and an enhanced understanding of new ideas and concepts.


English for Specific Purposes: Needs-based Teaching and Certification

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a fast-growing area of English education, and Express Publishing has been a leader in the production of ESP materials for many years with nearly 100 ESP titles currently available. ESP courses should combine the lexis, content, and context in the instruction, with each class being tailored to the needs of the student and the professional field of study. ESP students can be professionals already working in their field or students preparing to enter that field. But what should ESP teachers know before stepping into the classroom? In this session, we will discuss the necessary components of an English for Specific Purposes course and examine the certification process that Express Publishing offers in conjunction with the University of Greenwich, which can further aid those learners pursuing career development and advancement.




About the author

Joseph Schlefke

Joseph Schlefke is from the United States but has lived in Mexico since 2012, when he moved to there to begin a career as an English teacher. He worked at a language academy for several years, teaching all ages and levels. In 2015, he began working for Books Services Company, where he is now a Senior Academic Consultant, representing the English teaching materials of Express Publishing. Among his various duties, he delivers seminars and workshops to English teachers throughout Mexico, Central America, and South America, covering a wide range of topics, such as issues pertaining to the psychology of learning, teaching trends, and methodologies. He also provides occupational support and additional training for teachers, including exam preparation and further language development. He is also a speaking test assessor for Anglia Examinations. He holds a Cambridge DELTA as well as a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota.