Theory and Practice in EFL Pedagogy

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theory and Practice in EFL Pedagogy

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Education, Teacher Education, Teaching ESL

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course offers a foundation in approaches and techniques for the teaching of second or foreign languages from the perspective of linguistics and language acquisition research. This course focuses on the evaluation and development of lesson plans and teaching materials designed to teach grammar, language function, speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills within a communicative approach. It also addresses various aspects of classroom management and provides opportunities for peer teaching and evaluation.
    From this course, you should be able to 1) understand the psycholinguistic rationale for using tasks/activities in the classroom, 2) develop lesson plans and materials for teaching the four language skills, 3) develop reflective practice through observation and peer teaching

    - Brown, H. D. (2007). Teaching by Principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy (3rd ed.). White Plains, NY: Pearson Education.
    - Celce-Murcia, M. (2013). Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th ed.) .Boston: Heinle & Heinle
    - Related articles - will be posted on EKU

    Course requirements
    Attendance & participation
    1 absence = -1 point from the final grade. 2 times late = 1 absence; / more than 15 minutes late = absence
    This class demands a great deal of active in-class participation. If you are not in class, you are not participating. Therefore, absences will affect your grade.
    Presentation & discussion
    You will make a presentation of your assigned textbook chapter/article to your assigned group members or to the class (depends on class size-will be finalized after add-drop period). You are to prepare a short handout for your group summarizing/highlighting the important areas of your topic. Your handout should also include some discussion questions relevant to your topic. You should make your presentation as engaging as possible.
    The midterm will cover every material that is covered / discussed in class.

    Micro Teaching
    For Micro Teaching:
    The purpose of the micro teaching component of this course is to provide you with an opportunity to practice teaching a short activity to your peers.
    In preparing your micro teaching activity, please follow these guidelines:
    Prepare a 45-50 minute lesson, 15-20 minutes per person. You should keep to the time limits.
    Set up the video-taping equipments before class. Make sure they are ready to go. (Go to Room 110 for the equipments)
    Provide a copy of your complete lesson plan to your teacher. Indicate the source of your lesson (original, teacher, book, the Internet, etc.).
    Provide a VERY brief introduction to the lesson to the students. You should spend most of your time teaching it! You should provide background information such as your group number, topic, language level of the students, grade level and any additional information needed to provide a context.
    Your micro teaching presentations should include materials (visuals, tapes, games, handouts, etc.) needed for teaching.
    Teach the activity as if your classmates were actual students of English.
    After micro-teaching:
    Use your classmates? feedback and the self-assessment form (uploaded on EKU) to review your own teaching. Hand in a short review/reflection paper on your own teaching after watching your video-tape.

    By the final week, you are required to hand in
    -your final lesson plan
    -your teaching review/reflection paper
    For Peer Feedback:
    Use the MICRO TEACHING PEER EVALUATION FORM (uploaded on EKU) for peer review. Only one form is required per group. Refer the first presenter as T1, second presenter as T2? so on. The form should be photocopied and brought to class. They will be handed in and later be given to the presenters for their reference. (Make photocopies in advance)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations