Welcome!

The purpose of this course is two-fold. First, the course designed to raise your awareness of various teaching practices such as methods, strategies and techniques that you can use as a language teacher. Secondly, the copurse is desigend to help you practices these skills. Skill development, however, requires reflection and so thorugh this course you will reflect upon your own teaching style and the teaching style of others. As you encounter, practice, and reflect upon these methods of language teaching, you will expand and hone your repertoire of teaching techniques and thus become a more effective teacher.
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Assessment

20% Attendance and Participation
20% Homework
30% Reflective Papers
10% Poster Session
20% Microteaching
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Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. Participants who arrive to class 10 minutes or more after the start of class will be considered late. Participants who are late 3 times will receive 1 absence. Any participant who misses 1/4 or more of all class meetings WILL receive an F in the course. More important than attendance is participation. I expect participants to be active in class discussions and to complete all oral and written assignments BY THE DUE DATE. If assignments are handed in late without prior permission from the instructor, 10% for each late day will be deducted from the grade. Finally, participants in this course will have several opportunities to apply the skills learned in lectures, discussions and workshops by engaging in various "in-class" activities and projects.

Homework

It is essential to be prepared for each class by completing the required readings. This will provide you with the background knowledge on the topic and allow you to participate actively in the class discussion. In order to ensure that you have read the required readings for class, you will sometimes be expected to do a short homework assignment for the reading. This homework assignment involves answering the processing questions. Homework will be assigned based on classroom participation. If the classroom participations drops because you are unprepared, then written homework will be required. These homework assignments are to be submitted at the beginning of class. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Micro-teaching

Micro-teaching will give you an opportunity to practice some of methods you have learned . 

Poster Session

Students will pick one method and design a poster to help them explain key features. 

Reflective Essay

These assignments will ask you to reflect upon what you think and believe about teaching and learning. See Errata for a preview of the assignments.

Resources

Informations Gaps [worksheets] Dialogs and Role Plays [handout]
Silent Way video Desuggestopedia video
Video Part 1: Task-based Learning Video Part 2: Task-based Learning
TPR video  

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Tentative Semester Schedule

Week

Reading/Homework

Topics

1

 

Class Overview
Introductions

2

Read pages ix-xvii, 1-10 (TP3) and pages 11-14 (TM)

What are language teaching "methods" and why study them?

3

Reflective Assignment 1
Read Ch. 9 (TM & TP3)
(TM) p. 100  Qs 5-7

Communicative Language Teaching 

4

Read Ch. 3 (TM & TP2/TP3)
(TM) p. 28  Qs 2,4,10

The Direct Method

5

Read Ch. 5 (TM & TP3)
(TM) p. 48-49  Qs 2-4Read

The Silent Way

6

Read Ch. 11 (TM & TP3)
(TM) p. 134  Qs 4, 13-14

Task-Based Learning

7

Read Ch. 6 (TM & TP3)
(TM) p. 61  Qs 2, 6, 10

Desuggestopedia

8

Ch. 4 (TM & TP3)
TM) p. 38  Qs 4, 6, 13 and why?

Audio-Lingual Method

9

Read Ch. 8 (TM & TP3)
(TM) p. 84-85  Qs 3-5

Total Physical Response - Storytelling

10

(TM) Read Ch. 10 pp. 137-144, (TP3) Ch. 12; (TM) p. 114 Qs 4-5, 7

Content-based and Participatory Approaches

11

Poster Session

12

Prepare for Microteaching

Review

13 

Microteaching

14


Microteaching

15

Reflective Assignment 2

Microteaching

16

 Reflective Assignment 3

Final Class: Poster Presentations
Class Evaluation & Survey