When teaching in the fall or spring semester , it seems easy enough to follow a syllabus. You have fifteen weeks to manage a course, steer your curriculum and accomplish the goals you have set for the class.
I am just now remembering that summer sessions are a completely different animal. The program in which I teach offers two summers sessions, running for four and six weeks. The students are in class for twenty-four hours a hours per week. For the instructor, it’s a delicate balance. You want the students to feel that they’ve gotten “enough” from a class, but not so much that they are rushed or flooded with material. This is especially important when teaching a language. How much can they absorb in 8 classes? Did I choose the right topics and materials? Questions abound.
Do you teach during the summer? I’d love to hear other perspectives on planning for a shorter course.