Course Objectives

After taking Linguistics 577, you will be prepared to begin teaching English to speakers of other languages as well as take additional courses towards a TESOL degree at BYU. More specifically, you will...
  • have a positive attitude toward the teaching of English as a second (or foreign) language.

  • look forward to future TESOL teaching experiences (and course work) with enthusiasm and excitement.

  • realize that you still have much more to learn about TESOL methods, materials, content, etc.

  • possess an awareness of the various TESOL career options available to you.

  • understand the major methodological decisions you must make in any ESOL course, as well as the possible teaching options you can pursue.

  • have gained (through reading, observation, and actual experience) an introductory "taste" of teaching (and, to a much lesser degree, testing) various ESOL skills and content areas: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, culture, as well as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. (Note: Because 577 is an introductory, survey course, coverage of these areas will necessarily be rather shallow. More advanced, follow-up courses exist for many of these areas.)

  • possess a broad methodological foundation that will solidly underlie your future course work in TESOL.

  • have clearly in your mind the ideals of good teaching in general.

  • understand the basic principles and procedures of curriculum design (at the course level and beyond).

  • be aware of strategies for effective classroom management.

  • possess a basic capability for observing and analyzing teaching processes in order to be a continually improving, "reflective" teacher.

  • know how to "acculturate" professionally by accessing published resources (periodicals, books, etc.) and becoming involved in professional organizations and gatherings related to TESOL.

  • be aware of commercial, published materials for teaching ESOL.

  • be able to select or create appropriate materials for teaching ESOL to various types of students in different teaching situations.

In sum, when faced with the prospect of teaching ESOL, you will know...
  • WHAT to teach (content, objectives, course design, etc.),
  • HOW to teach (methods, techniques, classroom management, etc.), and
  • WITH WHAT (materials-commercial or teacher-made),

and you will meet that challenge with well-earned confidence and enthusiasm.

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1998 © Dr. Lynn E. Henrichsen
Department of Linguistics
Brigham Young University
Last Updated: Saturday, January 24, 1998