I enjoyed the course and the material. It was a challenging course which brought all the other courses in the specialization together. The instructors are very creative and a pleasure to learn from.
This course has made teaching super easy for me. It is a platform where I got a planned structure which gave my teaching a boost . I never thought making a lesson plan would be this much easier.
By Amy B S•
I feel like I learned a lot from this course, including the fact that I have a lot more to learn, haha! It was great that they have teachers for you to observe, so I didn't have to go travel around trying to find teachers around where I live. It was nice to observe the other students, too. I learned a lot from watching the students as well as the teachers. I learned a lot by reviewing the work of other students, too. I'm glad they have us do that. I like the portfolio that they are having us create with all the lesson plans and teaching videos. I like this course series.
By NAKITENDE R•
It has been a very practical course.You have made me what i am.You have worked very hard to impart all this knowledge and skills into us.I don't want to let you down.I feel i should do whatever is in my capacity to complete the second part of this course so that i can go out into the world and apply the unique way of teaching that you have taught me.I just can't wait to do that..All thanks to you very valuable instructors,Jessica Cinco,Dr.Shane Dixon,Dr.Justin Shewell and the rest of the team.Thank you very much indeed.
By Juergen S•
I really liked the focus on practicality, e.g. stressing how important a lesson plan is and helping us to create our own lesson plan. It might be awkward in the beginning but you are right it will become easier and more natural along the way and is so important for organizing teaching in class. Also, by allowing us to watch profesional teachers in action, I could get a better idea of the "reality" out there as I have never taught before. Thanks to ASU and our teachers here. ...oh, and I like your sense of humor.
By Xuan P•
The course tightens back everything that was taught in the 3 previous courses. It helps me recall important information and reinforce my understanding of developing good lesson plans not only for daily but also weekly classes. The teachers, both instructors and teachers for observation sessions are fun, lively, and very helpful in conveying many useful take-away for my own class development.
Thank you so much Dr. Shane and Ms. Jessica for producing such a high quality and helpful course!
By R A R•
I was skeptical at first, honestly. And early on, even more so, as I worked through these lessons (it's taken a long time, with life breaks). But after completing this capstone, and finally having some language teaching time in a real classroom, and observation of others, I've found that these courses are really quite helpful. I was just expecting much more dry academic style stuff, but the interactive approach here is very fitting of the atmosphere in the language classroom. Big win.
By Kelley K•
This Capstone is a killer in terms of the breadth and depth of the content, which is excellent. But I think it would better serve the student to split this capstone into two so the student can focus and absorb more. The content is rich and very worthwhile in terms of the teacher observations, but there is so much to look at in one go, that we would be better served to look at these more than once. Each time we would get more out of it.
By sofia a•
It was a great experience. The process was engaging, the content is authentic, and every activity is guided by a "sticky" and measurable goal. Every step of the learning process is a challenge for me. I enjoyed mostly watching/ observing the teacher interacting with the students. Sharing my reflections was a great one too. Thank you ASU and Coursera. Can't wait to join the Capstone Project 2. Please let me know when I could start.
By Ben M•
This was a really great course. It was engaging also because I had a lot more interaction with fellow students than I am used to. This captsone project made me really think about things like ensuring that I have good text book material lined up and visualising who I would be teaching. The teacher observation provided me with some insight into what it would really be like to interact with the learners that I visualised.
Two of the three videos I graded did not have usable links. The technology is not self-explanatory or user-friendly enough. There should be a box for the peer reviewer to check saying the work is not accessible, and thus ungradable. Also, when I posted a link, the software still required me to write something in the box meant for pasting work rather than posting a link. More work needs to be done on the software.
By Francisca R R•
A pesar de las grandes cantidades de tarea y de trabajo que requirió este curso, no podría estar más satisfecha con el curso. Todo el trabajo aquí realizado tiene el propósito laboral de crear una portafolio profesional que luego servirá para postular a un trabajo, ¡perfecto! Contenidos esenciales, evaluaciones de conocimientos y trabajos prácticos y útiles. Lo recomiendo a todo aquel que realmente desee superarse.
By Ruslan Z•
I would like to recommend this excellent course to ESL teachers who want to improve their language teaching skills! I bet you'll find this course quite challenging and interesting at the same time, why? Because the structure of this course is such that each stage of it differs from the previous one in that it asks students for more and more abstract and analytical information, and not just repeats the lessons.
By Reesa D J•
Everyone, regardless of profession, should take these courses; my presentation skills are on a totally better level now that I've gone through these classes!! Seriously one of the best educational experiences of my life!! I recommend these courses to anyone who would like to learn how to be a better educator or a better human:) Not only are these classes educational, but they are also incredibly fun!!
By Cristina S•
Great course but very hard and challenging. I learned a lot from the observations. They helped me visualize the use of methods and techniques. Thank you all for such a great learning experience. I look forward to part 2. This is a lot of work but well worth it. I'm not too clear on how to make a portfolio. I need some direction. Any ideas? Instructions on how? Best regards, Cristina Stern
By Abdoulie M•
This is one of the best courses or specializations I have studied on coursera so far. I love the caricature of the teacher, and the organization of the course. The course is comprehensive and easy to remember what you've learned. As a teacher, I implement and incorporate every new skill and technique I learnt in each module. I will be subscribing to part 2 in a week or two.
By Rayapeddi S•
Thanks a lot, Coursera and ASU. My biggest takeaway from this course would be gaining confidence. The course material and the lectures have boosted my concepts and understanding by many folds. I thoroughly enjoyed the assignment, presentation, and peer assessments. Now, I know my weak areas and want to improve in those. Looking forward to doing part2 course.
By Yulia N•
That a course! Every task is clear and even accustomed, but it has a twist - and this twist surprise me every time. That was fun!
Also the main thing here - to get your reviews, so, you review others a lot looking for a possibility to ask them to review your work. To the end of the course you're already remember your course-mates.
I liked this course a lot!
By Rafa M•
The best teaching course ever. I have learned so much and I am thankful to all ASU and COursera team to upload such an amazing course. I have learnede how to improve my teaching methodology and the importance of keeping the lesson conversational, how to understand each kind of teaching approach to use their advantages to the fullest. I am thrilled!!1
By Zerrin C•
I really foster my knowledge. I applied the things I learnt in three courses. I like the way of teaching us in the modules. All steps are well organised to understand and follow. I wish I had chance to have the teachers’ experience in this course , Dr Shane Dixon and Jessica Cinco. Thank you for their effort and the way of teaching the courses.
By ELMA J O C•
A great way to learn and apply the knowledge learned for both the novices and experienced teachers. I enjoyed doing the task and reviewing peers' works; I learned a lot from reviewing my peers. Though I do not actually plan lessons in my current employment, doing the tasks helped me to better plan my lessons and facilitate classes.
By Jeia M C•
I loved every course in this specialization so far. It does require a lot of hard work but nothing is too hard if you are passionate to learn and if you work smart. This capstone and the last 3 courses have opened my mind, entertained me, guided me, and challenged me a lot. Thank you, ASU for providing this opportunity!
By PD G•
I learned so much from this course! My educational training has been greatly enhanced by this program. I appreciate and will implement all aspects of this new knowledge. I'm thankful to my instructors for their expertise and my classmates' valuable input. I will be a better future ESL teacher for their support.
By Drea J•
I appreciate all of the great experience that I had along this educational journey. I want to thank every Professor that gave of themselves to make us better professionals in the world of English learning. I had an Awesome Experience to prepare me for whats a head. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
By Muazzam R•
excellent course for teachers to enrich their teaching style as well as to integrate effective methods to provide students a wonderful environment with a chance to learn and improve their English. I would recommend this course to all of my colleagues. Thank you Shane and Jessica, you are fantastic!
By Kenyc M•
This course is a great refresher to what I have learned with Teach English Now!
It also helped me with organizing my teacher portfolio and becoming more comfortable with instructing future students online.
Highly recommend this Capstone and looking forward to beginning the final Capstone Project soon!
By Omar O•
It has been a wonderful experience to work with you over the last few weeks!. I loved how you taught us theoretically and practically in the field of teaching English. I think it's too important for people who want to teach English to apply for all the courses in the TESOL certificate program.