LING-359 How Languages are Taught
Fall for 2017-2018
This course surveys principles and practices for second and foreign language teaching, drawing from current research and theory. It addresses students who want to teach or tutor language learners, on a professional or volunteer basis, in the United States or abroad. Through readings, discussions, activities, and projects (e.g., classroom observation, lesson planning, teaching demonstration), you will learn to make informed choices in current and future instructional settings. Topics covered include (1) teaching techniques for addressing the following “what’s” of language teaching: listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pragmatics, culture, and interaction; (2) cultural and sociopolitical issues of language teaching; (3) lesson planning, needs analysis, and syllabus and curriculum design; (4) the history of language teaching methodologies; and (5) the role of classroom assessment, program evaluation, and technology in language teaching and learning. Students are expected to critically draw on their experiences as language learners and reflect on their own experiences and/or assumptions about language teaching practices.
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