Singapore University of Social Sciences

TESOL Methods (TSL508)

Synopsis

TSL 508 TESOL Methods provides students with an insight into the methodology of teaching English as a second or foreign language in the Digital Age. Firstly, the course gives students an overview of recent language teaching methods and approaches. Secondly, the course examines different methods of teaching grammar and vocabulary, and the six skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing. Finally, the course considers various methods of assessing the language skills.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every 2 years
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.

Topics

  • An overview of recent methods and approaches to language teaching
  • Communicative language teaching
  • Task-based teaching and learning
  • The post-methods era
  • Contextualising language teaching
  • Teaching listening and viewing
  • Teaching speaking and representing
  • Teaching reading and viewing
  • Teaching writing and representing
  • Teaching grammar
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Assessing language skills

Learning Outcome

  • Compare different methods and approaches to language teaching
  • Discuss the post-methods era
  • Examine various methods of teaching different language skills
  • Critique various methods of assessing language skills
  • Evaluate teaching materials in terms of their theoretical underpinning, efficacy and contextual appropriateness
  • Design teaching materials that are theoretically sound, effective and contextually appropriate
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