Showing posts with label English language teaching. Show all posts
Showing posts with label English language teaching. Show all posts

Monday 3 June 2024

Enhancing Communication Skills Through Case Studies and Problem-Solving: A Comprehensive Approach for Undergraduate Students

Enhancing Communication Skills Through Case Studies and Problem-Solving: A Comprehensive Approach for Undergraduate Students | With the help of ChatGPT 4.o

In today's fast-paced and interconnected world, effective communication skills are paramount for success in both professional and personal spheres. As educators, finding innovative and engaging methods to teach these skills is essential. One such approach is through the use of case studies and problem-solving activities, which provide students with real-life scenarios to apply their knowledge and develop their abilities. This blog explores how these methods can be integrated into communication skills courses at the undergraduate level, with a focus on practical application, collaborative learning, and the enhancement of English language proficiency. Through detailed lesson plans and case study examples, we will demonstrate how to create an immersive learning environment that not only improves communication skills but also enriches students' understanding of grammar, vocabulary, and effective language use. 

Lesson Plan: Communication Skills

Lesson Title: Effective Communication through Case Studies and Problem-Solving

Duration: 2 Hours


  • To enhance students' communication skills through practical application.
  • To develop problem-solving abilities in real-life scenarios.
  • To foster collaborative learning and teamwork.

Materials Needed:

  • Case study handouts
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Audio-visual aids (projector, laptop)
  • Assessment rubrics
  • Notebooks and pens

Lesson Outline:

1. Introduction (15 minutes)

  • Icebreaker Activity: Brief introduction and an icebreaker to set a collaborative tone.
  • Objective Overview: Explain the objectives and importance of communication skills in professional and personal contexts.
  • Outline of the Session: Provide a brief overview of the session's structure.

2. Case Study Presentation (30 minutes)

  • Introduction to the Case Study: Present a case study related to communication in a professional setting (e.g., a workplace conflict, team project communication, customer service scenario).
  • Group Division: Divide students into small groups (4-5 students per group).
  • Case Study Analysis: Each group reads and discusses the case study, identifying the key communication issues and challenges.

3. Problem-Solving Activity (45 minutes)

  • Identify Problems: Each group lists the communication problems identified in the case study.
  • Develop Solutions: Groups brainstorm and propose potential solutions to the identified problems.
  • Prepare Presentations: Groups prepare a brief presentation (5-7 minutes) to share their analysis and solutions.

4. Group Presentations and Feedback (30 minutes)

  • Group Presentations: Each group presents their case study analysis and proposed solutions.
  • Class Discussion: After each presentation, the class discusses the proposed solutions, offering constructive feedback and alternative approaches.
  • Instructor Feedback: Provide feedback on each group's communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and presentation effectiveness.

5. Reflection and Wrap-Up (15 minutes)

  • Reflection Activity: Students individually reflect on what they learned about communication through the case study and problem-solving activities.
  • Class Discussion: Discuss as a class the key takeaways and how these skills can be applied in real-life situations.
  • Conclusion: Summarize the session, reinforce the importance of effective communication, and outline the next steps or future activities.


  • Participation and Engagement: Assess students' active participation in group discussions and activities.
  • Group Presentation: Evaluate the clarity, coherence, and effectiveness of the group presentations using an assessment rubric.
  • Reflection Activity: Assess the depth of individual reflections and their understanding of communication concepts.

Assessment Rubric:

CriteriaExcellent (4)Good (3)Satisfactory (2)Needs Improvement (1)
ParticipationActively engaged, contributed insightful ideasParticipated regularly, contributed useful ideasParticipated occasionally, contributed basic ideasRarely participated, minimal contribution
Problem IdentificationClearly identified all key issuesIdentified most key issuesIdentified some key issuesStruggled to identify key issues
Solution DevelopmentProposed creative, feasible solutionsProposed feasible solutionsProposed basic solutionsStruggled to propose feasible solutions
PresentationClear, well-organized, engagingClear and organizedBasic clarity and organizationUnclear, disorganized
ReflectionInsightful, deep understandingGood understandingBasic understandingMinimal understanding

Notes for Instructors:

  • Ensure a supportive environment where students feel comfortable sharing their ideas.
  • Encourage active listening and respect for diverse perspectives during discussions.
  • Provide additional guidance and support to groups that may be struggling with the activities.

This lesson plan leverages case studies and problem-solving methods to teach communication skills, encouraging active participation, collaboration, and practical application.

Wednesday 19 February 2020

Teaching English Language through Literature - Teacher Resources

Teaching Language and Literature

Teacher Resources: The Teaching of Language through Literature

Above topics are taken from:
Literature and Language Teaching: A guide for teachers and trainers 
- by Gillian Lazar (1993, CUP)

Handouts - by Dr. Atanu Bhattacharya

Teaching Literature

Why teach literature for language classroom?

Friday 8 November 2013

Resources for Research in ELT - English Language Teaching

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Resources for Research in ELT - English Language Teaching

Dear Friends,
These days, the teachers & research scholars are more interested in Research in ELT. Here is the list of some important resources for those who are interested in English Language Teaching & Research.
I found these videos quite interesting. The entire workshop by Prof Simon Borg is in four parts. You will find all four parts embedded here under: Doing Good Quality ELT Research - Prof Simon Borg (3rd ELT Malta Conference ReSIG Supported Pre-conference Event)

I request readers to contribute thier best resouces for ELT by posting comments under this Note.
Cautionary: This is 'not' the best and the final list of 'Top 10' ELT resources.

ELT Journal is a quarterly publication for all those involved in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language. The Journal links the everyday concerns of practitioners with insights gained from related academic disciplines such as applied linguistics, education, psychology, and sociology.

The Asian EFL Journal is published monthly and presents information, theories, research, methods and materials related to language acquisition and language learning. An academic Second Language Acquisition Research Journal.The Asian EFL Journal is one of the world's leading refereed and indexed journals for second language research.

The TeachingEnglish website
TeachingEnglish is produced by the British Council with content and editorial support from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Both organisations receive funding from the UK government for their work in promoting English, supporting English language teaching (ELT) and providing information and access to ELT products, services and expertise from the UK. All teaching material on the site is free to access.

This resource aims:
  • to promote quality online English courses that offer personal tuition 
  • to provide an organised database of links to quality learning resources for students 
  • to provide a database of links to quality web resources for teachers and researchers 
  • to provide a database for consultancy services in academic English online

    A very good resource with links of ELT related journals.

    If you are an English student or a teacher, this site can help you develop your skills and experience through English courses, teacher training courses, exams, online courses, information resources and networks.

    Published every three months,Horizons is the free journal of David’s English Teaching World. Available to download in PDF format, Horizons is a true reflection of what’s happening in the world of English teaching today.

    A blog worth following for those who are interested in technology and ELT.

    Visit this site to get updates on latest books published by Cambridge University Press in India.

    Generally related to ELT and language learning, but also to the wider world of education as well.
    Curated by Richard Whiteside

  • Research Articles:

  1. Research Engagement in English Language Teaching. Simon Borg
Despite the substantial amount of work which has been conducted into teachers’ research engagement in mainstream education, this topic has been awarded scant attention in the field of English language teaching. This paper presents the results of a survey representing the first stage of multi-method investigation of research engagement in ELT. Moderate levels of reading and doing research were reported by the sample studied here, and this level of research engagement is analysed in relation to two key factors also examined in the survey: teacher’s conceptions of research and their perceptions of the institutional research culture.