TESOL Course Descriptions

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TESOL 510, Principles of Language Learning & Teaching (3 credits)

This course introduces major theories of first and second language acquisition and how the two processes are related. Candidates will investigate how psychological, social-cultural, and linguistic factors affect students’ second language learning and how to develop one’s own teaching strategies that reflect what constitutes language and how languages are learned. Candidates will also develop a personal philosophy that articulates a theoretical approach to teaching languages and informs future practice.

Required Resources

Brown, H. D. (2014). Principles of Language Learning and Teaching (6th ed.). Pearson. (ISBN: 9780133041941)

Harmer, J. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th ed.). Pearson. (ISBN: 9781447980254)

TESOL 525, Methods of Teaching Language (3 credits)

Prerequisite: TESOL 510

TESOL 525 introduces candidates to a historical overview of a variety of language teaching methods including (but not limited to) the Grammar Translation Method, Direct Method, Audio-Lingual Method, Communicative Language Teaching, and Content-Based Instruction. Candidates examine and analyze a variety of teaching methods that reflect similar or opposing views based on different language learning principles. Through course readings and a discussion board forum, candidates reflect on what constitutes language and how languages are learned with the purpose of gaining a fuller understanding of the principles and practices behind the choices teachers make regarding particular methods.

Required Resources

Harmer, J. (2015). The practice of English language teaching (5th ed.). Pearson/Longman ELT. (ISBN: 9781447980254)

Larsen-Freeman, D., & Anderson, M. (2011). Techniques & principles in language teaching (3rd ed.). Oxford Univeristy Press. (ISBN: 9780194423601)

TESOL 530, Teaching Grammar (3 credits)

Prerequisite: TESOL 510

TESOL 530 focuses on the form, meaning, and usage of English grammar structures and identifies the most problematic areas for English language learners. The course teaches candidates how to develop a clearer understanding of English grammar and terminology. Candidates also learn about explicit and implicit teaching approaches and deliver grammar lesson presentations using these approaches.

Required Resources

Folse, K. S. (2016). Keys to Teaching Grammar to English Language Learners: A Practical Handbook (2nd ed.). University of Michigan Press. (ISBN: 978-0-472-03667-7)

Harmer, J. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th ed.). Pearson. (ISBN: 9781447980254)

Available in class (do not purchase): Savage, K. L., Bitterlin, G., & Price, D. (2010). Grammar Matters: Teaching Grammar in Adult ESL Programs. Cambridge University Press.

TESOL 540, Strategies for Teaching the Four Skills (3 credits)

Prerequisite: TESOL 510

TESOL 540 examines a variety of strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to English language learners. Candidates review fundamental concepts and popular teaching methodologies and gain practical knowledge for teaching these skills. Specific topics include activating prior knowledge, giving feedback and making error corrections, and evaluating and using resources and technology. Candidates learn and demonstrate a variety of techniques for teaching the four language skills and design a variety of lessons incorporating these skills. Candidates also synthesize their own language learning experience and teaching philosophy in a final reflection paper.

Required Resources

Harmer, J. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th ed.). Pearson. (ISBN: 9781447980254)

Richards, J. C. (2008). Teaching Listening and Speaking: From Theory to Practice. Cambridge University Press.

TESOL 555, Materials Development & Selection (3 credits)

Prerequisite: TESOL 510

TESOL 555 introduces students to a needs-based, learner-centered approach to developing, adapting and selecting classroom materials for the adult learner of English. During the course candidates evaluate various classroom materials and create original materials for each of the four language skill areas; listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Candidates create a lesson plan and teaching demonstration using their own materials generated in this course and reflect critically on professional practice while sharing their knowledge and experience with peers.

Required Resources

Cook, V.. Language Teaching Materials for Adult Beginners. Retrieved from http://www.viviancook.uk/Writings/Papers/LanTeachMats.htm

Harmer, J. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th ed.). Pearson. (ISBN: 9781447980254)

Tomlinson, B. (2003). Developing materials to develop yourselfHumanising language teaching5(4). (available online in course shell)

Tomlinson, B., & Masuhara, H. (2018). The Complete Guide to the Theory and Practice of Materials Development for Language Learning. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. (ISBN: 9781119054771)

Tomlinson, B.. Materials Development in TESOL:Trends and Issues. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/LCme36nU5rU

Other Courses

TESOL 510 is a prerequisite for all the below courses.

TESOL 565, Teaching English to the Young Learner (3 credits)

TESOL 560 introduces the major theories of language learning in young children (aged 4-12). Students learn the major theories through application to the four language domains: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, in a variety of settings. By the end of the course, students are able to design and teach an appropriate instructional unit and lesson for a selected population of young learners.

Required Resources

Gibbons, P. (2014). Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching Second Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom(2nd ed.). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (ISBN: 9780325056647)

Pinter, A. (2006). Teaching young language learners (3rd ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. (ISBN: 9780194422079)

TESOL 575, Principles and Tools for Second Language Assessment (3 credits)

TESOL 570 is designed to improve awareness and understanding of the particular challenges involved in classroom management and assessment in an English language learning environment. Candidates review the basics of classroom management, and testing and evaluation in language and content classrooms. Candidates learn techniques for integrating classroom management practices and design assessment tools for systematically evaluating student performance for all language skills.

TESOL 585, Introduction to Applied Linguistics (3 credits)

TESOL 585 presents an overview of the field of linguistics including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. Special emphasis is placed on the psychology of teaching and learning languages effectively, as well as practical approaches to teaching pronunciation to language learners. Candidates connect theory with practice and explore the characteristics of how languages are analyzed, adapted, and changed. Candidates discover and analyze how languages differ from one culture to the next and reflect social relationships.

Required Resources

Parker, F., & Riley, K. (2010). Linguistics for non-linguists: A primer with exercises (5th ed.). Pearson. (ISBN: 9780137152049)

TESOL 590, Field Experience Internship (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Permission from Academic Director

TESOL 590 Field Experience Internship is a self-guided program in which TESOL Certificate students participate in a 20-hour teaching experience, designed to prepare them as TESOL professionals in future settings. Emphasis is placed on classroom teaching of ESL, or other discipline related programs (e.g. literacy, immigrant assimilation, etc.). Students employ various practices and teaching methodologies in TESOL settings and gain first-hand experiences. Students create and implement a unit plan, document their teaching, and write a reflection on the internship experience.