Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages|
Spring 2021 not offered
EDST 140L, ENGL 143L|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Service Learning|
This course explores theories and teaching methods related to learning English as a second language (ESL). Students will critically examine current and past "best practices" for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and the seminal theories they are based on. In addition, we will discuss the various needs of English language learners, including both children and adults, and students coming from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. Students will be asked to apply what they've learned by creating their own lesson plans and activities, critiquing ESL textbooks, and giving teaching demonstrations. If you choose to work with a student (or tutor in an organization), you may be able to use this class to fulfill a Category 5 requirement in Education Studies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(EDST-MN)(EDST)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Reading for each class, lesson plans, teaching demonstrations (1-2), textbook critique, a final group project creating an activity book for their ESL students, and a final paper defending an activity they created based on theory and research.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course explores theories and teaching methods related to learning English as a second language (ESL). Students will critically examine current and past "best practices" for teaching ESL and the seminal theories they are based on. In addition, we will discuss the various needs of English language learners coming from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds, varying levels, and varying ages. As a service-learning course, students will have the opportunity to actively work with English as a second language students at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School. They will be asked to apply the theories and pedagogical techniques they are learning to their sessions at the school and reflect on their experience. They will also critique ESL textbooks, give teaching demonstrations, and develop an activities resource for all of the ESL tutors.
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