James W Tollefson
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.
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.
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.