Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2011 Course Descriptions

This class is designed to introduce methods and techniques of teaching English as a Second Language in various settings. It examines our current understanding of second language acquisition , cross-cultural issues and the varying methods and techniques used to teach language skills to students of English, at the K-12 level, in intensive and immigrant programs in the U.S. and overseas.



ENGL 4531-001 is a web-assisted course.  Technical fluency is assumed.  Successful completion requires significant responsibility, commitment, autonomy and participation on the part of the student.  Students will be responsible for maintaining the pace of the course and seeking clarity when in doubt.  No incompletes will be given.


Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:


1.  Use basic English to Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) terminology


2.  Apply language teaching methodology in specific teaching environments


3.  Apply different ways of teaching individual language skills


4.  Structure lessons and classroom activities to actively involve students in learning


5.  Identify language learners’ cultures, characteristics and needs


6.  Identify your own culture, characteristics and needs


7.  Select and modify materials and strategies for students with diverse needs and ability levels


8.  Work with ESL students in content area classes


9.  Develop an understanding of the socio-cultural factors

involved in teaching language minority students


Required Texts:


Learning New Languages, Tom Scovel, 2000, 083846677, Heinle & Heinle


Travel as a Political Act, Rick Steves, 2009, 9781568584355, Nation


50 Literacy Strategies: Step by Step, Tompkins, 2009, 9780135158166, Pearson


11:30 am - 12:25 pm

Angela Thevenot
Patterson Hall 401A

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