Course Summary
Credit Type:
12 weeks (150 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 teaching methodology
Graduate 3 planning and assessment
This course is being recommended for a total of 6 semester hours in the graduate level


This is a reading and discussion-based course on effective, current methodology for teaching English to adult speakers of other languages with emphasis given to teaching in classrooms in countries where English is not the dominant language - an English as a foreign language context. While the emphasis is on methodology, other aspects of English language teaching, such as applicable theories in linguistics and education, will also be addressed. At the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to produce lesson plans and analysis, a research summary and application project, as well as their own personal philosophy of teaching statement. All of these assessments are mean to demonstrate understanding of the principles illustrated throughout the course and then apply them.

Learning Outcomes:

  • compare and contrast language acquisition principles and apply this knowledge to classroom teaching decisions
  • define the characteristics of learners at different stages of life, concentrating on what adult learners need and identify the qualities of a "good" teacher through an explanation of the different roles teachers assume
  • articulate how an effective error treatment strategy promotes learning and define the importance of giving good feedback
  • demonstrate an understanding of the 4 skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening
  • demonstrate knowledge of an effective teaching sequence
  • identify concepts important to receptive and productive skills instruction
  • develop vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation lesson sequences
  • write actionable, measurable learning objectives
  • design a complete lesson plan with a research-based rationale
  • develop and defend an assessment strategy for a given context and class profile
  • demonstrate an ability to execute an autonomous research summary and apply findings to a teaching context
  • define the benefits of regular professional development and reflection
  • analyze the characteristics of language teaching approaches and methodologies and apply them to classroom instruction
  • articulate a personal teaching philosophy using profession-specific vocabulary

General Topics:

  • The world of English language teaching
  • Describing the English language
  • Learning theory and classroom implications
  • Methodology: balance and structure
  • English language learners’ autonomy in learning
  • Roles of the teacher teaching groups vs. individuals
  • Error analysis and correction techniques
  • Class management and affective factors
  • Appropriately grouping students instructional technology
  • How planning enriches learning
  • Helping students notice language
  • Effective grammar teaching
  • Effective vocabulary teaching
  • Categorizing English as skills
  • Teaching reading
  • Teaching listening
  • Teaching writing
  • Teaching speaking
  • Assessment
  • Professional development
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises
  • Project-based Instruction

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials