ENGL 555 Methods I: Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
This course will provide a general overview of the TESL profession covering prominent theories, methodologies, and procedures influencing the field. Throughout the semester, students will engage in a range of theoretical, pedagogical, and reflective activities to inform their instructional practices. They will also become familiar with diverse educational contexts in which English is taught and learned as well as standards, materials, methods, and assessment tools used in such settings.
ENGL 506: Modern English Grammar
This course covers basic concepts in linguistics and English grammar for teachers of English as a global language, and is useful for students of TESL, English, and Linguistics. The first part of the course will introduce linguistics through both structural and functional perspectives – the development, social context, textual structures, syntax, words, and sounds of English. The second part of the course, grounded in real pedagogical examples, introduces the pedagogy of English grammar.
ENGL 620: Cultural Dimensions of SLA
“Culture” is a central yet underexamined concept in the field of TESOL/second language teaching—it has even been called “the fifth skill” after listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course will examine the culture concept carefully and critically, both from general/theoretical and specific/practical perspectives. Having taken this course, students should be able to generate researchable topics in the area of TESOL/second/foreign language teaching and culture, as well as have a clearer sense of the perils, possibilities, and means of working with cultural matters in and beyond the TESOL/second/foreign language classroom.