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    Instructor Training: EnglishConnect 1 and 2

    Thank you for your willingness to be an instructor for EnglishConnect 1 and 2! You are providing a service that will bless many lives now and in the future.

    To complete your training, please follow the steps below. Carefully review the information and example videos and prayerfully consider how you can apply these principles in your teaching.

    Return to these resources often to review the objectives of EnglishConnect and to identify ways to improve your teaching.

    Step 1: Understand Your Purpose

    Your responsibility is to provide an environment where learners can increase their faith in Jesus Christ as they seek His help to accomplish their English learning goals.

    To be successful, you must have a clear vision of the purpose of EnglishConnect and your role in achieving that purpose.

    What Is the Purpose of EnglishConnect?

    EnglishConnect 1 and 2 are not typical academic English classes. The purpose of EnglishConnect is to help learners act in faith to increase their English proficiency in a gospel-centered environment.

    Learning English is not easy. It requires prayer, effort, time, and persistence. Learning English can increase academic and employment opportunities. Most important, learning English through the Spirit can help learners increase faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father as they seek the gift of tongues and experience the enabling power of the Savior.

    As you teach, pray for the guidance of the Holy Ghost to understand the needs of your learners and how to help them succeed. As you prepare yourself spiritually and strive to do your best, Heavenly Father will increase your capacity to learn and teach effectively.

    What Is My Role?

    The Spirit is the true teacher. Your role is to create an environment where the Spirit can teach. You can help learners feel love and support and feel confident that Heavenly Father will help them learn English.

    Consider the following questions:

    • How can I prepare spiritually?
    • How can I invite the Spirit during each class session?
    • How can I help everyone feel welcome and confident?

    Step 2: Focus On Five Key Principles

    There are many things you can do to help the learners in your class improve their English and increase their faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Listed below are five things that learners can do to be successful. Read each principle and reflect on the questions listed. Record your impressions.

    You will be most successful as you prayerfully strive to help each learner:

    Exercise Faith in Jesus Christ

    The purpose of EnglishConnect is to help learners increase their faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as they work to achieve their English-language learning goals. Learners can experience acting in faith to accomplish a difficult goal and feel the enabling strength of the Savior helping them improve. You can help by inviting learners to pray for the gift of tongues and act in faith to achieve their goals. Share your testimony. Take time during each class to give learners opportunities to teach one another and express faith. Invite learners to share their experiences receiving the enabling power of Jesus Christ to overcome challenges and accomplish their goals.

    Consider the following questions:

    • How can I help learners exercise faith in Jesus Christ through learning English?
    • How can I specifically help those who are not members of the Church or are not familiar with the teachings of Jesus Christ?

    Take Responsibility

    In order to improve, learners must take responsibility for their own learning. Participating in the weekly class is an important part of learning. However, the only way to learn a language is to study and practice throughout the week. Learners who study and practice English for 8–10 hours a week will progress more quickly. You can help by inviting learners to set weekly practice goals and act in faith to accomplish their goals. Encourage learners to develop three daily English habits:

    • Pray for the gift of tongues
    • Read the Book of Mormon
    • Act in faith to accomplish their goals

    Invite learners to track their progress in the “My Practice Plan” at the front of their manual. You can follow up at the beginning of class by having them report their progress to a classmate and share ideas for making practice a part of their daily schedule. Remember, the greatest learning gains will happen when learners take responsibility to consistently study and practice outside of class.

    Consider the following questions:

    • How can I help learners take responsibility to study and practice English during the week?
    • How can I help learners recognize their progress?

    Teach One Another

    Learners will be most successful when they help and teach one another. Learning a language can be difficult, and having a supportive group will help learners keep going even when they may feel discouraged or want to give up. Your role is to create an environment where learners feel loved and feel comfortable interacting and supporting one another. Help learners get to know each other and develop relationships of trust. Give learners opportunities to share what challenges they have and what they are doing to be successful. Prayerfully find ways to help every learner feel appreciated and part of the group, especially those who are not members of the Church. Encourage learners to support one another and minister to those who are struggling. Counsel with your leaders to find appropriate ways to help the group stay connected during the week through group messaging or other activities.

    Consider the following questions:

    • How can I help the group develop feelings of trust and connectedness?
    • How can I help learners teach one another and share their experiences?
    • How can I help learners stay connected during the week?

    Learn by Doing

    EnglishConnect 1 and 2 are conversation classes. The goal of a conversation class is to give every learner the opportunity to practice speaking as much as possible. Learners should be speaking and practicing with each other in every part of the lesson. Encourage learners to memorize the vocabulary and practice the dialogs before class. This will help them be prepared to learn more from the speaking activities. Manage your time so that the majority of class time is spent doing speaking activities in pairs or small groups. Working in pairs or small groups gives each learner more time for practice. You will know you are successful when learners can complete the speaking activities naturally and they don’t need to use their books. Many learners are hesitant to practice speaking and feel afraid of making mistakes in front of others. You can help by creating an environment where risk-taking and failure are encouraged. Find ways to celebrate their efforts. If learners make a mistake, give them opportunities to identify the error and let them try again until they are successful. Be an example by cheerfully recognizing and correcting your own mistakes. Help learners experience the joy that comes from acting in faith to learn by doing.

    Consider the following questions:

    • How can I reduce the amount of time spent in other activities so that the majority of time is spent in speaking activities?
    • How can I plan each activity so all learners are speaking most of time?
    • How can I create an environment where learners feel safe to make mistakes?

    Speak English

    Establish the expectation that you will speak English in class, and invite learners to do the same. Avoid long descriptions or explanations. Use simple sentences, hand motions, or other resources to communicate. When learners have questions, invite other learners to help. Encourage learners to use available resources to find answers (including the learner manual, a dictionary, and classmates). Avoid translating everything you say. If you use simple sentences and repeat slowly, most learners can understand the general idea—don’t worry about making sure they understand every word. Trust that you will help them most by giving them opportunities to listen and communicate in English. Encourage learners to speak English as they interact with you and with each other. Invite them to try first in English, to use the words they know, and to proactively learn words they don’t know. Encourage learners to use a small notebook or other resource to write down new words and definitions. If you hear learners speaking their native language, cheerfully remind them to act in faith to speak English! Speaking English takes faith, but acting in faith will invite the Spirit to help everyone learn. Remember, this class is an English conversation class!

    Consider the following questions:

    • How will I make sure I am speaking English all the time?
    • How can I help the learners act in faith to speak English?
    • How can I create an environment where speaking English is fun and engaging?

    Video Examples

    Watch the videos included below. Pause to identify examples of the principles of learning and best practices.

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    Application:

    • After you watch the videos, take time to prepare your next lesson.
      • Plan specific ways you will help the individuals in your class act in faith to learn English.
      • Pray and ask Heavenly Father to help magnify your efforts as you teach (see 2 Nephi 32:9).
    • After you teach the lesson you prepared, write down what you learned and what you want to remember as you teach in the future.

    Step 3: Self-Evaluate and Improve

    After each lesson, take time to evaluate your progress using the information from the instructor training resources above and the “Self-Reflection Chart” in the EnglishConnect Instructor Manual. Each week, make specific plans to improve.

    Return to these resources often to review the objectives of EnglishConnect and to identify ways to improve your teaching.

    As you prayerfully seek to fulfill this calling and to improve, Heavenly Father will help you (see Ether 12:27).

    We hope that you will feel the love of your Heavenly Father and feel the assurance that your efforts are blessing the lives of the learners now and in the future.