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...
In sum, when faced with the prospect of teaching ESOL, you will know...
- 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.
- 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.