Theories in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 261
Course Name: Theories in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Learn about the historical development of second language teaching and various approaches used in TESOL.
B. Examine theoretical foundations, pedagogical principles and classroom procedures in TESOL.
C. Become familiar with various theories in first and second language acquisition and develop an understanding of the importance of primary language instruction for second language learners.
D. Learn affective variables in second language learning.
E. Learn a variety of instructional strategies in second language teaching.
F. Become aware of cultural, political and social issues related to language instruction and learn proactive ways of preventing cross-cultural misunderstandings.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. The Empirical Basis of Second Language Learning
C. First Language Acquisition and Second Language Learning: Cognitive Viewpoint
D. Major Language Trends in 20th-century Language Teaching
1. Traditional Grammar
2. Behaviorism and Structural Linguistics
3. The Direct Method
4. Audiolingual Method
5. Cognitive Psychology and Chomskyian Linguistics
6. Cognitive Learning Method
7. Notional-Functionalism and Communicative Language Teaching
E. Alternative Approaches and Methods
1. Total Physical Response
2. Community Language Learning
3. Multiple Intelligences
4. The Lexical Approach
5. Competency-Based Language Teaching
F. Current Communicative Approaches in Second Language Instruction
1. Communicative Language Teaching
2. The Natural Approach
3. Cooperative Language Learning
4. Content-Based and Task-Based Language Teaching
G. Affective Variables and Second Language Learning
H. Discourse Analysis
I. Sociolinguistic Variables and Second Language Acquisition
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
A. Jack Richards and Theodore Rodgers, Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press, 2nd Edition, 2001.
B. David Nunan, Second Language Teaching, Heinle&Heinle Publishers, 1999.
See chairperson or coordinator for other textbooks.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
B. Take-home assignment (analysis of the discourse of a second language speaker)
C. In-class presentation
D. Mid-term examination
E. Final examination
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.