TAFL 510/APLN 5203, Methods of Teaching a Foreign Language

Course Catalog Description

Survey of learning theories, individual learning styles and strategies as they relate to the teaching and learning processes. Examination and critical analysis of major approaches and methods of teaching foreign languages.

Course Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
  • Identify, discuss, critically analyze, and apply approaches and methods of teaching foreign languages.
  • Classify, interrelate, and use key concepts and terms pertaining to the field of language teaching.
  • Discuss the influence of student-related factors that affect language learning and teaching.
  • Outline key theoretical debates in the field of language teaching.

Evaluation

  • Participation in class discussions of assigned readings ……………   10%
  • First class room test …………………………………………………………….…… 10%
  • Review of teaching material to detect integration…………….......    10%
  • Preparing teaching material  (reading/listening; speaking; writing; grammar) ………. 50%   
  • Test evaluation assignment……………………………………………..…………..  5%
  • Methods/Post-method/strategies and task-based instruction ……  5%
  • Final Integrated activities ………………………………………..…………………10%

 

Text Book:

Omaggio Hadely, Alice .2001. Teaching Language in Context. Boston: Heinle & Heinle Publishers.

 

Syllabus for Fall 2020

 

Week

Day

Classroom activities

Reading for next session

Assignment for next session

Week 1

M 3/9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R 6/9

- Discuss: Introduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I. Important Terms.

II. Curriculum Approaches.

- Discuss reading

- Read Brown .Ch. 2: Methodical history ( p. 13-17)

- Richards: Curriculum approaches in Language Teaching (5-9)

 

 

 

 

 

- Read

- Richards: Curriculum approaches in Language Teaching (5-9)

- Read:

> A Guide to Writing Learning Outcomes.

> A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy.

 

- Read:

> Krahnke: ch.2: Six types of language teaching Syllabi (p.9-15)

>Types of English Syllabi

> Types of Syllabus in language Teaching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Online: Listen to the two video-tapped lecture that covers the mentioned readings and send your questions to course professor on M. Sept. 10th

Week 2

13/9

I. Learning outcomes:

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Identify, differentiate, and practice writing learning goals, outcomes, and objectives.

II. Types of Syllabus.

- Discuss reading

- Practice:

Detect types of syllabi using evidence from our reading.

- Read:

Brown ch.2 Methodical History (p.17-40).

-Write two goals and two outcomes for courses provided by instructor.

Week 3

20/9

I. Methodical History

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Guessing game: pick one method blindly. Class will ask you 5 questions that you will answer then students will guess method you picked.

- Read:

Brown ch.3: Post-Method era (p. 40-60).

Omaggio Hadly ch.1: From grammatical competence to communicative competence . (p.3-8)

 

 

 

Assignment 1:

Review activity and state method/methods this activity could fit under. Explain why using evidence from our reading.

Hand in: M 1/10

Week 4

27/9

I. Post-Method Era

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

How are we going to teach “greetings” in a manner that fulfills CLT principles.

II. Strategies-based Learning

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Watch video: What are CLT principles learning strategies teacher has used helped students practice? What are additional LLS teacher could have used?

 

- Read:

Nunan ch.2: Framework for Task-based Teaching (p.19 -39).

- Read:

Brown ch.16: Strategies-based Instruction/learning (p.86-105)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assignment 2:

Pick-up one of the 10 commandments of good language learning (learner version) and suggest activities that would put this commandment to practice.

Hand in: 4/10

Week 5

4/10

I. Task-based Teaching

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

1) Develop a task chain for the following task: booking a room in a hotel.

(If there is time we will start working on assignment in class).

2) Pick-up one of the 10 commandments of good language learning (learner version) and suggest activities that would put this commandment to practice

- Read:

Ommagio Hadley ch. 3: Principles of Proficiency Movements (p. 86-105).

- Read:

Ommagio Hadley ch.4: Role of Context in Comprehension (p.144-169)

 

 

 

Assignment 3:

Choose any phase in task-chain we created in class then suggest 2 additional activities for that phase. You will:

- Specify phase.

- Suggest activity

- Specify activity outcomes.

- Share activity with designated colleague on Google docs by

U 13/10.

Colleague will add his comments on

R 18/10 based on following Qs:

- Do you agree activities address mentioned phase? Why? (evidence from reading).

- Are outcomes well written? Why?

(evidence from checklist)

Week 6

11/10

I. Principles of Proficiency Movements

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review presented lesson. Which principles does it fulfill/does not fulfill? (Each group can take some principles  and do the search)

II. Role of Context in Comprehension

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review teaching material. Does it make use of context  to enhance comprehension?

- Read:

Omaggio Hadley ch.5: Rational for Teaching Listening and Reading. (p. 176-203).

 

NONE

Week 7

18/10

I. Rational for Teaching Listening.

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Specify where reviewed activities fit on Lund Tax. (activities p. 197 &201)

Can other tasks, functions, and/or responses be added to activities? 

II. Rational for Teaching Reading

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Trace Philip’s reading instruction plan in presented teaching material.

- Prepare for Mid Term.

 

 

Assignment 4:

Develop 1 reading and 1 listening activities :

- Each activity should include pre/during/post listening and reading phase.

- Provide learning outcomes.

- Show how you benefited from our reading in structuring your activity.

To be handed in R 1/11

Week 8

25/10

Mid Term.

 

 

- Read:

Badawi: مستويات اللغة

(chapter will be provided by instructor)

 

Assigned work: Presentations:

1-Tape 3 min. from any source. Prepare to present in class to discuss مستويات العربية  that appear in your text.

 

2- Prepare to present one of your reading/listening activities.

Week 9

1/11

- Presentations:

1- Present and discuss language of taped texts.

 

2- Present and discuss reading/listening activities.

- Read:

Omaggio Hadley ch.6 : Developing Oral Proficiency. (p.230-271)

 

 - Read:

 

 

NONE

Week 10

8/11

I. Developing Oral Proficiency.

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review Ammya material to decide which principles of Proficiency movement it fulfills.

- Watch video: What corrective strategies does teacher use? Can you suggest why? What effect did each strategy have?

- Read:

Omaggio Hadley ch.7 : Becoming Proficient in Writing. (p. 310-337)

 

 

Assignment 5:

- Suggest two speaking activities. Each activity should include pre/during/post speaking phase.

- Provide learning outcomes.

- Show how you benefited from our reading in structuring your activity.

To be handed in R 15/11

Week 11

15/11

I. Becoming Proficient in Writing

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review teaching material to detect  process vs. product –oriented activities.

- Read:

Brown ch.2 : Form-focused instruction (p.419-440)

- Read:

Brown ch.17: Integrating 4 skills. (p.284-299)

 

 

Assignment 6:

- Suggest two writing activities. Each activity should include pre/during/post writing phase.

- Provide learning outcomes.

- Show how you benefited from our reading in structuring your activity.

To be handed in R 29/11

Week 12

(Make up class)

29/11

I. Form-focused instruction

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review teaching material to detect how grammar is being introduced.

II. Integrating 4 skills.

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review teaching material to detect how/whether skills are being integrated.

- Read:

Omaggio Hadley ch.9: Classroom Testing (390-429)

Assignment 7:

- Suggest how you can incorporate 2 grammar activities in presented material.

- Provide learning outcomes.

- Show how you benefited from our reading in structuring your activity.

To be handed in R 6/12

Week 13

6/12

I. Classroom Testing

- Discuss reading.

- Practice:

Review classroom tests

- Read:

Omaggio Hadley ch.9: Classroom Testing (429- 438)

 

 

 

Assignment 8:

Review classroom test provided to show its strong points and weak points. Then make two test activities to address weak points you detected.

Week 14

13/12

I. Classroom Testing

- Discuss reading.

- Practice: Listen to OPI interviews to detect parts of interview.

NONE

 

Final project:

Choose 1 lesson and evaluate how/Develop  1 lesson using activities address 4 skills + grammar (strong points & weak points). Make suggestions about how to address weak points.