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James W Tollefson
ENGL 570
Seattle Campus

Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language

Discussion and practice of second-language teaching techniques. Three hours per week teaching required in addition to regular class meetings. Prerequisite: ENGL 571 or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

This course offers students the opportunity to sharpen their understanding of the technical, interpersonal, and practical elements involved in effective ESL teaching through regular observation of ESL classes, daily ESL teaching or assistance and observation in an ESL classroom, and seminar discussion of issues and problems related to ESL teaching.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Students will teach or observe and assist in an ESL class, meet regularly in the Practicum seminar with other student teachers, and complete a range of assignments designed to develop their ability to reflect on and analyze their own classroom teaching.

Recommended preparation

Completion of ENGL 571 or permission of instructor is required.

Class assignments and grading

Classroom observation and teaching are central to the Practicum. In addition, the Practicum seminar includes demonstration teaching, analysis of videotapes of teaching, analysis of texts and materials for teachers, and a series of assignments designed to assist students in reflecting on their own theories and beliefs about teaching.

The course is graded as credit/no credit. Credit requires completion of classroom teaching and seminar assignments.


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 James W Tollefson
Date: 01/11/1999