Ling 424:  Introduction to Language Teaching 2

Course Aims and Objectives

This course serves as an extension of and follow-up to Introduction to Language Teaching 1. It focuses on completing the work begun in the previous course on the main classroom language teaching skill areas, by also covering the teaching of listening, of speaking and of writing. Work on the teaching of vocabulary is also included. In doing so, the course introduces you to the main theoretical principles and practical procedures involved in each of these areas. It also encourages you to acquire an academic perspective on the topics, that is, become aware of and able to critically evaluate the major debates underlying each of them. This work is complemented by a series of related 'Professional Practice and Review' sessions, comprising about 45% of the work of the course as a whole. Here, you will be given the opportunity to work in small groups to prepare and try out short language teaching lessons related to each of the the inputs and to subsequently discuss and reflect on the experience. In these ways, the course hopes to promote understanding and ability both through academic input and by related 'learning by doing'.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered:

  1. Course introduction
  2. Teaching listening
  3. Professional Practice and Review (PPR) 1
  4. Teaching speaking
  5. Professional Practice and Review (PPR) 2
  6. Teaching writing
  7. Professional Practice and Review (PPR) 3
  8. Teaching vocabulary
  9. Professional Practice and Review (PPR) 4

Recommended Reading

Harmer, J.  (2007). The practice of English language teaching (4th ed.). Harlow: Pearson Education.

Hedge, T. (2000). Teaching and learning in the language classroom.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, K. (2008). An introduction to foreign language learning and teaching (2nd ed.). Harlow: Pearson Education.

Nunan, D.  (1999). Second language teaching and learning. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.

Richards, J. C., & Rodgers, T. (2001). Approaches and methods in language teaching (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Thornbury, S.  (1997). About language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ur, P.  (1996). A course in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Assessment

A 5,000 word written assignment.

 

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