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Amy Ohta
ASIAN 510
Seattle Campus

Teaching Asian Languages

Methodology for teaching modern foreign languages, focusing on languages taught by teaching assistands in the department. Eclectic and practical overview for current and potential TAs. Consideration of broader issues involved in language program management. Strong hands-on component, including observation, teaching, materials development, and portfolio development for job seekers. Prerequisite: Proficiency in an Asian language Graduate standing or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

Class description

This course provides an overview of language teaching theory and practice to current and prospective graduate TAs in the Department of Asian Languages and Literature. This course will present a range of current methodologies for teaching Asian languages, with a significant hands-on component that includes both teaching demonstrations, practice teaching, and observation of language classes. Topics covered in the course include approaches to language teaching, materials design (designing and sequencing language learning activities), lesson planning, teaching the 4-skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), developing tests, designing and grading homework, and time management.

Note: This course is only open to graduate students who are current or prospective TAs for the Department of Asian Languages and Literature courses.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Matthew Carter
Date: 08/28/1998