EDUC 5421 - TESOL Methodology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code EDUC 5421 Course TESOL Methodology Coordinating Unit School of Education Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course focuses on practical methods of language teaching specifically the four macro skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening and the rationale behind lesson staging/scaffolding when presenting these skills. Students will be introduced to techniques for teaching vocabulary, pronunciation and form as well as learn how to design effective tasks and practice situations. It looks at strategies to check meaning and correct errors. Students are encouraged to adopt a critical and reflective approach to practice through peer teaching and develop an informed view of teaching and the learners.
Course Coordinator: Ms Sandra Caon-Parsons
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Workshops: 3 hours per week
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Develop an understanding of historical and current TESOL Methodologies 2 Familiarise students with classroom management techniques 3 Increase students’ awareness of different types of learners 4 Enable students to select appropriate materials and activities based on lesson aims and learner needs 5 Familiarise students’ with planning different lesson types and corresponding staging 6 Introduce different types of formal and informal assessment in TESOL 7 Access resources effectively necessary to complete set tasks 8 Demonstrate self-evaluation skills through critical reflective practice 9 Interact and network effectively with peers
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,4,5,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3,4,6,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,4,5,8,9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1,2,4,5,8,9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,5,6,7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7,8,9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,3,8,9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,3,4,6,8,9
Ur, P. (2012) A Course in English language teaching, Cambridge University press. UK
Scrivener, J. (2011) Learning Teaching, 3rd edition. Macmillan, UK
Students will be required to read selected literature on key research design processes covered in the course and disciplinary texts as appropriate.
Online LearningAdditional course-related material is available through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course is built around a series of seminars introducing how the English Language works and how this understanding can assist in learning and teaching a second language. The seminars aim to give a balance between ‘input’ and ‘practice’ with an expectation that students will actively engage with the material through small group activities and discussion. Related assignments are designed to consolidate the learning of key principles and development of skills by addressing the practical application of these concepts.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 3 hour seminar per week (x12) 36 hours Reading per week (x12) 40 hours Peer Teaching & preparation 5 hours Preparation for Assignment 1 20 hours Preparation for Assignment 2 20 hours Preparation for Assignment 3 35 hours Total = 156
Learning Activities Summary
Seminars Week 1 English Teaching Today Week 2 Classroom management Week 3 Introduction to TESOL Lesson Planning Week 4 Teaching Vocabulary Week 5 Presenting new language Week 6 Checking meaning of new language Week 7 Teaching Receptive Skills Week 8 Teaching Speaking Week 9 Teaching Writing Week 10 Tools, Techniques and Activities Week 11 Assessment and Testing Week 12 Teacher Development
Specific Course RequirementsNote that attendance at seminars is compulsory
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThis course follows criterion-based assessment. This means that student grades are determined by the standard of work in terms of meeting a number of criteria that represent the requirements for a particular course. In other words, work is judged according to a pre-determined standard of task completion rather than by comparing it to the work of other students undertaking the same course.
• Assignment 1: 30% 1,500words
• Assignment 2: 20% 1,000 words
• Assignment 3: 50% 2,500 words (essay)
Assessment Task Word Count Due Date Weight Learning Objectives Assignment 1
Week 7 30% 1,2,3,4,5 Assignment 2 1,000 words Week 11/12 20% 1,3,4,5,7,9 Assignment 3 2,500 words Week 13 50% 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents who are unable to provide justification for non-attendance will fail the course.
Assignment 1: 30%
Presenting and Checking meaning of language
Due Date: Week 7
Word Count: 1,500 total words
Assignment 2: 20%
Oral Presentation. Choose 1 skill (language or receptive) that you will focus on with your authentic text. Briefly describe your methodology, what skills you are focussing on and conduct the task with the class
Due Date: Week 10 & 11
Word Count: 1,000
Assignment 3: 50%
Skills and language development. Choose an authentic text and develop a lesson around it that focuses on a skill and a language point. A rationale of the method/approach used, as well as a rationale for each of the stages and activities is needed.
Due Date: Week 12
Word Count: 2,000
SubmissionAll assignments must be submitted electronically either as discussion posts or as email attachments to the lecturer by 12:00 midnight of the due date, late penalties will apply.
Please use the assignment cover sheet which can be accessed from My Uni//Assignments/Assignment Cover Sheet
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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