This course explores theories and teaching methods related to learning English as a second language (ESL). Students will critically examine current and past “best practices” for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and the seminal theories they are based on. In addition, we will discuss the various needs of English language learners, including both children and adults, and students coming from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. Students will be asked to apply what they’ve learned by creating their own lesson plans and activities, critiquing ESL textbooks, and giving teaching demonstrations. If you choose to work with a student (or tutor in an organization), you may be able to use this class to fulfill the Pedagogy and Practicum requirements in Education Studies.
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