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This course is designed to raise your awareness of theoretical issues involved in the practice of language teaching.

Course Overview

The intention is that an understanding and awareness of theory facilitates the development of critical, reflective practice; that is, it helps you develop the ability to evaluate and improve you own teaching practices. To accomplish this you will encounter, practice, and reflect upon a variety of language teaching methods, techniques and strategies and the principles and theories that underlie them.

Class Notes

Class notes will be added on a weekly basis for review.

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Grading Criteria


10% Attendance and Homework on readings                      
20% Class Description and Belief Statement                                                          
20% Group Presentation                                                      
20% Lesson Plan & Rationale
10% Microteaching
20% Final Learning Statement

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Expectations

Attendance/Participation
Attendance is mandatory: Participants who arrive to class 10 minutes or more after class begins will be considered late. Participants who are late 3 times will receive 1 absence. Any participant who misses 1/4 of all class meetings will receive an F. Mastery of the ideas and concepts of this course requires engagement and discussion. If you are not in class, you miss that opportunity to exchange ideas. Moreover, participation is also essential. Just coming to class is not enough. I expect all participants to be active in class discussion and lectures as well as to complete all oral and written assignments.

Class Description & Belief Statement
Describe a lesson you have taught. Try to choose one that you have taught recently so it is fresh in your mind. Provide the context of the teaching (Time, place, age & level of students, textbook and unit being taught or language point and materials being used). Describe the intended learning objective for the lesson and the focus skill that is being taught. After Describing your class, please write a paragraph for each of the following questions:
1. What is the teacher’s role in language learning? What are the students’ roles? 
2. What are some important characteristics/traits of the teaching / learning process?
3. Describe what the interaction patterns should look like in a lesson plan, and why? 
4. How should the feelings of students be dealt with?
5. What is language and how should it be viewed?
6. What is culture and how should it be viewed?
7. What kind of evaluation/assessment should be used and why?
8. How should student errors be handled?

Group Presentation
Each group will have twenty minutes. In your presentation you need to cover the following:
1)What are the main principles about language, teaching and learning that guides the techniques and strategies of the method your group has selected?
2) What are some of the key techniques and strategies that the method uses to convey, practice, and assess language and language learning?
3) How is this method classified? (designer method/non-method, teacher-centered, learning-centered, deductive, etc…) Why?
4) How might the method’s techniques and strategies help learners to learn the language? How might those same techniques and strategies hinder student learning?
5) How might you use the method, its techniques and strategies in your own future teaching? (Describe an activity or specific learning sequence and explain how it uses the principles, techniques and strategies of the method)

Lesson Plan & Rationale
Participants will be asked to develop a 15 - 20 minute lesson that applies the theories that they have studied in the class.

Microteaching
You will teach your lesson to the class – it will be an actual lesson. DO NOT explain your lesson, just go ahead and do the lesson as if they were your students.


Final Learning Statement
Re-answer the following questions:
1. What is the teacher’s role in language learning? What are the students’ roles? 
2. What are some important characteristics/traits of the teaching / learning process?
3. Describe what the interaction patterns should look like in a lesson plan, and why? 
4. How should the feelings of students be dealt with?
5. What is language and how should it be viewed?
6. What is culture and how should it be viewed?
7. What kind of evaluation/assessment should be used and why?
8. How should student errors be handled?

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Additional Resources

To be added later.

Tentative Semester Schedule

This is a tentative schedule because I will adjust the course of study based on your needs. We may spend more time on some aspects an less time on others based on your individual stregnths and weaknesses.

Time Topic
Week 1 Course Introduction
Week 2 Key concepts and vocabulary
Week 3 Issues in teaching and learning
Week 4 Issues in teaching and learning continued
Week 5 Issues in teaching and learning finished
Week 6 Group Presentations
Week 7 Group Presentations
Week 8 Group Presentations
Week 9 Learning and teaching recpetive skill
Week 10 Learnign and teaching productive skills
Week 11 Integrated skills and task-based learning
Week 12 Conferencing on lesson plans
Week 13 Microteaching
Week 14 Microteaching
Week 15 Microteaching
Week 16 Class Closure (Survey)

 

 

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