LNG2100 Intro to TESOL

Course Overview

Educational Level: Lower undergraduate, Associate
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Min Ma

Course Description:

This course surveys the status and implications of English as an international language and the teaching of English in its global, social, economic, personal and cultural contexts. Students will have opportunities to observe and report on case studies of English language teaching in both formal school and informal personal environments, drawing out principles/skills applicable in using English as a language of mission whether in formal teaching or informal coaching situation. They will also engage in field trips to visit local church-based immigrants and refugees ESL ministries and interview missionaries who have taught English as a mission in the global context. Particular attention will be given to the effective use of English as a language of love to engage, encourage and empower.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is designed to help students gain analytic skills not just in English language teaching but also in reflecting and researching on its rich social, cultural, local and global contexts. The purpose is to equip students with the basic skills to effectively engage C2/L2 communities using English as a language of empowerment. The adoption of a learner attitude is crucial in both courses to foster an open, humble and flexible attitude absolutely necessary not just for teaching but for relating and witnessing.

Why This Course Is Important:

The field of English language teaching is important today because it is both a burgeoning field in academic studies and because it is a practical opportunity that will equip students with an intercultural perspective and the global skills to engage with target groups as active participants. Potential impact for the student and for the community is huge and powerful wherever they go. The change we face in the world is dynamic, which requires both awareness and flexibility in thinking, methodology and practice. An open, learning perspective and humble attitude are necessary for effective engagement with culture and language groups. The teaching of English language gives the student an immediate opportunity to encounter, experience, engage and explore the target people groups as servants. So, being able to equip local ministers and global missionaries with training and knowledge to effectively reach and bless these target people groups is a highly critical need for us today.