American English E-Teacher program MOOC on Critical Thinking

The American English E-Teacher program offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in addition to its Global Online Courses (GOCs). T hese are free 5-week online courses designed for non-native English language teachers and open to an unlimited number of participants.  The program offers both facilitated and self-directed MOOCs.

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Orientation begins February 5, 2018

Course begins February 19, 2018

Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting

About this course:

The Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting MOOC presents participants with a working definition of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating differences between cultures. Participants explore what critical thinking is and why it is necessary for the development of intercultural competence. With a view toward preparing teachers to implement culture and critical thinking lessons into their current teaching contexts, participants work through numerous examples of related activities and lesson plan elements, as well as ways of evaluating students’ progress in these areas.

Participants who earn 70% or higher will receive a digital badge as a mark of completion.

The American English (AE) E-Teacher Program is proud to partner with World Learning to offer Integrating Critical Thinking into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting, a professional development course for English language teachers.  This course is developed and taught by World Learning, a global nonprofit organization that focuses on education, development, and exchange programs.  World Learning and its graduate school, SIT Graduate Institute, specialize in American TESOL education and teacher training. The AE E-Teacher Program provides online professional development resources for English language teachers and learners worldwide and is sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by FHI 360.

 Pre-course orientation module:

An orientation module opens 2 weeks before the start of the course, on February 5, 2018. This short guide will help you get the most out of the online learning environment by providing an introduction to the AE E-Teacher program, MOOCs, using the Canvas Network learning management system, online learning success strategies, and how to find support during the course. We strongly encourage participants to complete this module before beginning the course.

 Accessing the course:

This course will be offered between February 19, 2018 and March 26, 2018.

 Course materials:

All created content you will see in this course is licensed CC BY 4.0. This means that anything you see that is marked CC BY 4.0 can be reused, revised, remixed, and redistributed by you in your school or community.

 MOOC camps:

If you would like to facilitate a MOOC camp for other participants in your area, please e-mail to identify your project and request course materials. Please also refer to our MOOC Camp Facilitator Guidelines for help getting started.


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 Dates to Remember:

January 22, 2018:  Registration opens

February 5, 2018:  Orientation module opens

February 19, 2018:  Course begins

March 26, 2018:  Course closes.  All coursework must be completed by this date.

Find course and registration information here:

 *IMPORTANT: This link will prompt you to create a Canvas Network account. If you participated in a previous AE E-Teacher course or MOOC, you will need to create a new account on Canvas Network to access this MOOC.