Methodology for TESOL

This course is delivered by the University of Maryland Baltimore County

Course Overview

This course is designed to provide participants with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts. Participants will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, participants will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. In addition, participants will examine what best practices means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and the use of English incorporates modern technologies.

Learning Objectives and Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the significance of teaching English as an international language;
  • Compare and contrast traditional and modern second language teaching methods;
  • Examine their current instructional strategies for ways to provide active, student-centered learning that helps develop learners’ self-efficacy and supports lifelong learning;
  • List learning style differences and the needs of diverse learners;
  • Identify principles and strategies for teaching integrated language skills;
  • Develop effective activities for listening, speaking, reading, and writing;
  • Develop a lesson activity that incorporates critical thinking and problem solving skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, decision making, and creative thinking);
  • Summarize the impact reflective teaching has on teachers’ perspectives toward teaching English and their classroom practice, as well as learners’ attitudes and motivations to learn English;
  • Develop professionally in the field of TESOL by participating in a virtual community of practice and by preparing materials to share in their local community of professionals.