Media literacy

MOOC Camp: English for Media Literacy for Educators


MOOC Camp: English for Media Literacy for Educators
hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, WCIES and the Regional English Language Office in Tallinn

The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, the Warsaw Center for Education and Social Innovation and Training (WCIES), and the Regional English Language Office in Tallinn invite secondary and primary school English teachers to participate in the MOOC Camp: English for Media Literacy for Educators (EML-E). This internationally oriented program will welcome teachers from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to learn and exchange.

George Mason University will lead EML-E as part of the OPEN (Online Professional English Network) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by FHI 360.

The description

This hands-on program combines online learning with an engaging live Zoom chat with an expert in teaching American English.

EML-E is an exciting MOOC designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of teaching media literacy in the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom. Through informative videos and practical readings, you will explore approaches to teaching English for media literacy that are not only effective but engaging and informative. During seven weekly Zoom sessions with the facilitator, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your learning in the MOOC, learn how to implement the content, practice with new educational technology tools, reflect and network with like-minded teachers. You will learn the theory and strategies needed to successfully teach media literacy to students of different ages and levels of English proficiency. In the context of media education, you will also get new ideas for teaching students how to analyse, critique and communicate their thoughts in English. Plus, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and resources that you can share with your education colleagues and others interested in this essential 21st century skill: media literacy.

Who can apply? English teachers from primary and secondary schools, teachers of other subjects from IB schools and bilingual schools from grades 1 to 12.

Learning Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to…

  • use media literacy content in your courses
  • implement educational technology in your courses
  • use effective approaches and techniques suitable for all English proficiency levels to teach media literacy
  • develop appropriate activities for teaching media literacy
  • create lessons and a unit plan for teaching media literacy that enhances your current curriculum
  • access additional resources, recommended readings and discussion posts through the Canvas platform

This program will be enriched by the support of English Language Specialist (EL Specialist) Marie Katherine van Romburgh, who will guide teachers through this MOOC on the Canvas learning platform. The EL Specialist will host live, online workshops to review and deepen participants’ learning each week, giving them more practical techniques and strategies and answering any questions participants may have. The EL specialist will also help teachers overcome any difficulties they may encounter in the MOOC. The organizers will strive to create a professional learning network among participants and organizers. After the first few weeks, Ms. van Romburgh will work with participants in small groups and one-on-one on teaching media literacy and the professional development of their colleagues.

Certificates: At the end of the program, participants will receive certificates with details of the completed program. Only those who complete all program tasks and attend 80% of meetings will receive certificates.

Opportunity to participate in a workshop in Warsaw: After the conclusion of the MOOC camp, a small group of participants will be chosen to travel to Warsaw to participate in professional training focused on the practice of popularization, professional development and the implementation of media literacy in their classrooms. . The workshop will take place in June or July 2023.

Dates and time: This MOOC Camp is made up of 3 parts. Part 1 is to upload the MOOC content via Canvas. Part 2 is attending virtual Zoom sessions to discuss each week’s online course content with US ELT specialist Marie van Romburgh. Finally, after the first seven weeks, participants will be placed in small groups for practical work and extension activities. In total, this MOOC Camp lasts 13 weeks (week 1 – opening and orientation, weeks 2-6 working on the course modules, week 7 – closing and evaluation, weeks 8-13 – small group sessions with Ms. van Romburgh). The live meetings and self-study of the MOOC will represent a total of approximately 3-4 hours of work each week. Please see the questionnaire for more information on dates and time.

Participation: The program was designed for two groups of 25 teachers

How to register? Fill in the questionnaire and send it by e-mail to [email protected]
Download the quiz [Word]

Registration deadline: September 14, 2022

For more information on the MOOC Camp: English for Media Literacy for Educatorsgo to this site:

Marie van Romburgh is an American educator who has been teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ​​(ESOL) for over 10 years. Currently, Marie works as an ESOL teacher and Co-Teacher of Content Course at Mauldin High School in Greenville County, South Carolina. Prior to coming to Greenville, Marie worked at the American Center in Kyiv, Ukraine for two years. Prior to that, she worked in Botswana and Myanmar from 2014 to 2017 as an English Language Fellow. Additionally, Marie has taught English as a second language in the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, South Carolina, and California, USA, in addition to facilitating teacher training workshops in California and Haiti. Marie earned her BA in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and her MA in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. Ms. van Romburgh specializes in media education, content-based language teaching, computer-assisted language learning and teacher training. Marie’s professional interests include media literacy, cooperative learning, and teaching newcomers to the United States.

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