TSL205 - Practicum

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Subject Title

Subject Description
This practicum involves 30 hours of observation of instruction and learning in the ESL classroom. It gives students the opportunity to observe different ESL classes and levels, ESL classroom dynamics, a variety of learning and instructional styles and techniques, and practical teaching skills such as classroom management, instructional methods and strategies, time/content/material management, and instructional language. This practicum must be completed within a two-semester time frame. Students are required to observe two out of three of the following types of classes at Seneca College - community-based classes, EAP classes and/or international classes. Contact the co-ordinator for details.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the TESL Certificate Program.

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

1. Discuss the observation of English as a Second Language classes from several methodological perspectives.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of the student and the teacher within the context of various approaches to teaching English as a Second Language.

3. Demonstrate an awareness of strategies and techniques for applying relevant ESL pedagogical principles to the ESL classroom.

4. Demonstrate an awareness of the time/content/material management that is needed in the ESL classroom.

5. Demonstrate an awareness of the characteristics of effective "teacher talk".

6. Demonstrate an awareness of the difference between the presentation of curriculum material to beginner levels and the presentation to advanced levels.

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.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

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.

Students may begin the observation practicum after the successful completion of TSL203 or while concurrently taking TSL204 if they are eligible for the TESL module.  This practicum must be completed within two semesters. There is a mandatory orientation session.  Contact the coordinator for details. 

Topic Outline

Mode of Instruction
The practicum relies on a comprehensive consultative process.

In order to complete the observation practicum, students attend an orientation session and then receive an observation schedule that lists the English as a Second Language classes available for observation during the current semester.  Students then advise the designated contact person of the classes they wish to observe, thereby creating an individualized observation schedule for each student.

Activities include attending the orientation session, writing learning objectives for the observation sessions, observing 30 hours of English as a Second Language classes, maintaining an observation journal for each observed class, and writing a reflective paper on the observation experience.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

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:

Learning Objectives 10%
Observation Journals (one per class) 40%
Final Assignment (Learning Awareness Reflection) 50%

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: Fiona Bain-greenwood