ELI 391/591 introduces students to the essentials of classroom methodology and practice for teaching English as a Second Language internationally. Lectures and discussions will focus on language learning and communicative teaching practices for ESL in international settings. Activities include designing and developing appropriate materials and using resources for multiple age groups, levels, and for culturally specific contexts.
We will explore all skill areas (speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary) and examine the sociopolitical contexts of ESL teachers in the world. Additionally, participants will be expected to teach mini-lessons, do reading assignments and observations of other foreign language classes, and carry out a project targeting a culturally-specific context and age group.
ESL teaching needed for Peace Corps experience may be done in tandem with this course. Additionally, the opportunity to apply for the Tsinghua University Summer English Immersion Camp in Beijing, China as a paid intern may be made available through this course. For more about opportunities to teach ESL abroad, see the International Center website:
Texts for the course: Snow, D. (2006) More Than a Native Speaker, Rev. Edition, TESOL press, and coursepack.
For more information, contact ELI Advisor at: ELIadvisor@umich.edu
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Recommended for students who are Juniors or Seniors.