Welcome to the SDSU / Nangarhar Partnership Programs

What is eCoaching?

e-Coaching is designed to lead and support Nangarhar University (NU) English Language Faculty through the process of English program design and implementation with the ultimate aim of building a reflective, dynamic instructional and administrative team amongst the NU English Language Faculty. It is through the development of such a self-learning organization that the NU English Language Faculty will become a Faculty recognizable on an international level, capable of making international professional contributions, and equipped to serve the NU English language students and community effectively. 

e-Coaching will be comprised on four seminars, one paralleling each semester (Fall 2007- Fall 2009) and will provide a meeting forum for the dissemination of content, the discussion of ideas, the application of these ideas and content to the NU English Language program context, discussion/resolution of current issues in real-time NU English language program implementation.  In addition, the e-Coaching forum will provide a common portal for NU teacher resources and the chronicle of program policy, procedure, and implementation. 

Each e-Coaching seminar/semester will include 5-8 meetings.  Each meeting will include the presentation of new content, live on-line discussion of that content, application of the content to NU, assigned readings, assigned Circle Group Meetings, assigned projects, assigned Discussion Board Participation, and feedback/reflection upon lesson plans and lesson observations.  In addition, each seminar will allow time for the discussion of current issues for development and resolution within the NU English Language program as we work through the process of collaboratively developing the program’s curriculum, policies, and procedures. 

The e-Coaching seminar content will focus on specific topics of key relevance to program, curriculum, and instructional support.  In order to remain responsive to faculty needs and stages of development, specific topics will be flexible and reflect faculty need as assessed through discussions, lesson plan review, and review of teacher observations. 

Major foundational areas of second language acquisition theory will be covered through the Intensive Summer Institutes and through self-contained, self-study modules to be made available through the NU/SDSU e-coaching portal.

The general content areas of focus for the four e-Coaching seminars are as follows:

Spring 2008:  Foundations of Designing and Implementing an Language Program
The seminar will focus upon understanding the basic elements and process of systematic program/curriculum design and lesson plan design.  The systematic program/curriculum design model will be a continuing focus throughout all of the e-Coaching seminars as well as throughout the entire NU English program development process.

Fall 2008:  Implementing a Performance-based Program with Authentic Assessment
The seminar will develop understanding of what it means to have a “performance-based program”, the benefits (and drawbacks) of such a program, and what is required to maintain such a program. Work will be conducted on writing effective outcome statements and task-based project development.  In addition, we will review key aspects of assessment as it relates to promoting student learning outcomes in a performance-based program.

Spring 2009:  Examination of International Teaching Models and Standards
Students will review internationally recognized accrediting bodies and their corresponding standards will be conducted as they relate to the NU English Program.  Standards to be reviewed will include, but not be limited to, the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) EFL Standards, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) Standards, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Program Standards for Preparation of Foreign Language Teachers.

Fall 2009:  Creating a Self-learning Organization
While the process of creating a self-learning organization has been in place since the inception of this project, in this seminar, focus will be turned to the explicit, purposeful development of a self-learning organization.  This will be accomplished through an understanding of the concept of a self-learning organization, examination of aspects of successful self-learning organizations, the development and documentation of policies and procedures which will ensure a self-learning community will develop and thrive, and resources to provide continual input for self/program reflection. 

These later referenced resources for reflection will be addressed through and the development of international professional networks, professional affiliations, and the process of making international professional contributions.  To accomplish this end, current professional organizations will be examined including their backgrounds and areas of focus. Methods of contributing internationally, including presenting at conferences, writing, or participating in discussions, will be covered. 

Certificates of Completion
Upon successful completion of this four part e-Coaching seminar series, participants will receive certificates in English Program Design and Implementation.

 

 


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