TSL203 - Second Language Pedagogy

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Last revision date 2018-07-09 08:44:49.135
Last review date 2018-07-09 08:44:49.136

Subject Title
Second Language Pedagogy

Subject Description
The methodology of second language teaching is crucial to the success of the adult learner. The methodology of "teaching ESL students" in different skills areas such as conversation, listening, reading and writing is discussed.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the TEFL/TESL Certificate Programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the theories and principles of learning English as a second or foreign language.

2. Discuss different methodologies of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

3. Design a theme-based and a skill-based specific lesson plan.

4. Demonstrate competency in planning lessons for teaching conversation and fluency, listening, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary skills to English as a second language learners.

5. Define course appropriate teaching resources and give examples of such resources to ESL learners for different levels of proficiency.

6. Prepare lesson plans appropriate to the goal-specific situations identified in the subject.

7. Demonstrate knowledge of English structure and usage through assignments, and presentations.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

TSL200 and  TSL201
Recommended Corequisite:  TSL205

Topic Outline
1. Introduction

  • Inside the ESL classroom
  • socioaffective and linguistic principles
  • Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Formal language instruction vs informal language learning
2. Methodologies
  • Historical overview
  • Current approaches to teaching ESL
  • Personal methodology
  • Overall teaching guidelines
  • Effective and reflective teaching
  • Communicative Language Teaching principles and techniques
3. Lesson variables
  • Teaching adults
  • Proficiency levels
  • Teaching beginner levels (including literacy)
  • Teaching intermediate levels
  • Teaching advanced levels
4. Lesson Planning
  • Taxonomy of language-teaching techniques
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Guidelines for lesson planning
5. Interactive Language Teaching
  • Interactive principles
  • Role of the interactive teacher
  • Questioning strategies
  • Advantages of group work
  • Implementing group work in the classroom
6. Classroom Management
  • Physical environment
  • Voice and body language
  • Teacher roles and styles
  • Creating a positive classroom climate
7. Teaching Listening Comprehension
  • Theories/issues relating to listening
  • What listening comprehension entails
  • Differences between written and spoken language
  • Listening teaching components
  • Selecting listening comprehension techniques
8. Teaching Conversation and Oral Fluency
  • Abilities underlying talking effectiveness
  • Types of oral production in the classroom
  • Selecting speaking techniques
  • Components of conversation
  • Teaching pronunciation
9. Teaching Reading
  • Theories/issues relating to reading
  • Function and organization of written text
  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Selecting reading techniques
10. Teaching Writing
  • Theories/issues relating to writing
  • Characteristics of written language, components of writing
  • Techniques in generating writing
  • Student self-monitoring
  • Teacher correction process
  • Types of ESL writing
11. Teaching Grammar
  • Theories and issues relating to grammar
  • Grammar sequencing
  • Techniques in teaching grammar
12. Teaching Vocabulary
  • Overview of teaching vocabulary
13. Integrating Skills
  • Reason for and against integration
  • Models of integrated-skills approaches
14. Adult ESL in Canada
  • LINC curricular guidelines & CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks)
  • EAP
  • Professional resources and organizations 

Mode of Instruction
The teacher may use some of the following teaching modes:

  • lectures
  • questions and answer techniques
  • classroom discussion
  • pair/group work
  • individual consultation
  • student presentation 

Prescribed Texts
Teaching by Principles:  An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy, 4th Edition, Brown, H.Douglas & Lee, Heekyeong, Pearson Education ESL.

Reference Material
Teaching ESL in Canada (optional) Oxford University Press. Li, X, Myles J. & Robinson P. 978-0-19-544140-6

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Book Review Assignment 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
Lesson Plan 1 20%
Lesson Plan 2 25%
Final Written Exam 25%

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

Students must attain a grade of at least 60% to pass the course. 


Approved by: Sandra Noble