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Teaching Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation to Adult Students of English as a Second Language

Course Code: TESL 4202
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: Summer, Winter
course overview

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. Prospective teachers learn the theory and practice of teaching oral and aural skills to adult learners. Course participants build a solid foundation through theoretical readings and the application of and practice of methods, approaches and lessons for use in teaching speaking, listening and pronunciation skills with their chosen target group of adult learners.

Course Content

This course will look at English as a second language theory, methodology, resources and techniques for teaching and assessing the aural and oral language skills with adult learners in a variety of settings.

Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture/demonstration
  2. Small group/pair discussion
  3. Individual/small group projects
  4. Individual/small group presentations
  5. Group discussion
  6. Reading and writing assignments
  7. Micro-teaching

Means of Assessment

Courses are graded on the standard graded system that applies in evaluating course work for credit courses.  Students are assigned grades according to their level of achievement on a variety of assessments which may include exercises, assignments, presentations, teaching simulations, and tests.  A participation grade may be included in the grade.

Learning Outcomes

Participants successfully completing the course will:

  1. apply the  basic theories of second language acquisition to teaching speaking, listening and pronunciation skills
  2. apply basic methodology and approaches to teaching the oral and aural language skills
  3. select and develop tasks for teaching ESL listening, speaking and pronunciation for a hypothetical classroom
  4. assess the usefulness of commercially available resources for teaching ESL listening, speaking and pronunciation in specific teaching contexts
  5. create materials for teaching ESL listening, speaking and pronunciation
  6. select appropriate resources for teaching oral and aural language skills to learners in different settings and at various skill levels
  7. develop quizzes and other means of assessment to measure ESL student progress in listening, speaking and writing
  8. respond to ESL student speaking and pronunciation in appropriate and constructive ways

course prerequisites

Admission to TESL Program


TESL 4201

TESL 4205

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.