LING-501 Linguistics Teaching Practicum
Fall for 2017-2018
This is a certificate course designed for Linguistics graduate students interested in complementing their research skills with good teaching practice. Good teaching is not a mystery, but a learnable skill and a rewarding intellectual endeavor.
The course will meet on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month throughout the fall and spring semesters to explore topics in teaching and learning. In addition, students will participate in at least one workshop offered by the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship in each semester.
In addition to investigating best practices of well-known classroom strategies, such as lecturing, leading discussions, designing assignments and group projects, and assessment, we will discuss such questions as “What does learner-centered teaching in Linguistics look like?” and “How do learning styles affect the Linguistics classroom?” We will also discuss collaborative learning, different kinds and uses of assessment, and the use of technology in the classroom.
In the fall, participants will observe at least two linguistics classes (a graduate class, in which they may be enrolled, and an undergraduate class), and report on and discuss what they observe. Participants will also have a frank discussion with current and former TAs and graduate student Instructors about teaching in the Linguistics Department at Georgetown. Each participant will develop a lesson plan and related homework assignment.
In the spring, each participant will develop a syllabus for a course of his/her own choosing and a statement of personal teaching philosophy. Each participant will present a teaching demonstration based upon his/her lesson plan; where possible, this demo class will be as a guest instructor in a real course. Demonstration classes will be videotaped, and each participant will receive his/her own videofile.
Many colleges and universities want evidence of teaching training when hiring new faculty. The work products from this course can be included in a teaching portfolio (which is valuable in the academic job search). Participants who complete the course and all assignments will also receive a certificate attesting to their training.
Students wishing to enroll in the Linguistics Teaching Practicum should register for or add LING 501 in the fall semester, and LING 502 in the spring semester. Tuition is not charged for this course. The workload of the Linguistics Teaching Practicum is targeted to be less than half that of a regular graduate Linguistics course, so that students can take this course in addition to a full courseload. (Students with fellowships may count 2.5 hours per week for this course toward their departmental TA/RA obligations.)
Note: PhD students who have been awarded fellowships are required to take the Linguistics Teaching Practicum in their first year of study, in preparation for their TA/Instructor assignments. However, all PhD students are encouraged to enroll at some point in their course of study.
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