This is one of a group of six courses that together lead to a Douglas College Certificate in Teaching and Tutoring English as a Second Language to Adult ESL Learners. Students learn how to structure reading and writing activities and grade them to the level of the students, using resources to develop complete reading, writing and grammar lesson plans. The course gives students a broad overview of English grammar as it is taught to ESL speakers. Students are introduced to techniques for teaching grammar and vocabulary to ESL learners in a wide range of settings. Students will also learn how to create assessment tools for these skills.
Means of Assessment
Courses are evaluated on the standard graded system that applies in evaluating coursework for credit courses. Students are assigned grades according to their level of achievement on a variety of assessments which may include evaluated assignments, presentations, teaching simulations, and tests. A class participation mark may be included in the grade.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- apply the basic tenets of second language reading theory as it applies to adult ESL learners
- apply the basic principles of reading methodology to teaching adult ESL learners
- apply the basic principles of second language writing methodology to teaching adult ESL learners
- demonstrate an understanding of English grammar from a TESL perspective by creating teachable segments for grammatical items
- select and develop tasks for teaching ESL reading, writing, and grammar for a hypothetical classroom
- assess the usefulness of commercially available resources for teaching ESL reading, writing and grammar in specific teaching contexts
- create materials for teaching ESL reading, writing and grammar in specific teaching contexts
- develop quizzes and other means of assessment to measure ESL student progress in reading, writing and grammar
- respond to ESL student writing in appropriate and constructive ways
Students may be required to purchase textbooks.