LNG4110 TESOL Program Design

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Min Ma

Course Description:

This course reviews the principles and practices of TESOL curriculum process. Emphasis is on creating TESOL materials portfolio through collecting and organizing authentic linguistic and cultural data and developing TESOL curriculum by planning lessons and designing communicative tasks. Students will design an English teaching module with 20 hours of teaching materials selected from authentic language and cultural data well designed into communicative teaching activities and learning tasks. Students will choose the theme of their module according to their interests, background knowledge and life experience. They will be encouraged to use online materials relevant and suggestive to language and cultural learning to design online lessons that will address the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as grammar and cultural knowledge. Finally the course will survey current models of TESOL program administration and supervision in order to prepare students to design, deliver and develop quality TESOL programs.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is an introduction course on the nature of English language teaching as a mission with the emphasis on practical skill development from observation and field trips. 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 our students 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 our 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.