Foreign Language Teaching
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Second Language Acquisition
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The aim of this course is to gain knowledge on backgrounds and methods in foreign language teaching, to apply didactic models and to judge teaching materials from a critical point of view. The competences you will gain during the course deal with the analysis of teaching methods for French, German, Spanish or English, the formulation of advices for educational practices and designs of teaching materials. Besides these competences, you will gain academic skills related to oral presentations and peer-feedback.
Focus on: different perspectives on the acquisition and instruction of foreign languages, historical and recent perspectives on language
teaching, analysis of teaching materials. Each student will analyse an educational method for French, German, Spanish or English with a focus on seven topics: organisation of exercises, reading skills, writing skills, speaking skills, listening skills, vocabulary, and grammar.
These topics are integrated in the assignments to be handed in. Students are also supposed to give a presentation on one of the mentioned topics and to design a syllabus, aimed at improving of the previously analysed teaching method.
Lectures and workshops with presentations (in total 2 x 2 hours per week).
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Weekly assignments, integrated in the syllabus. Both the syllabus and the assignments will consist of 50% of the final grade and must be
awarded at least 5.5 each.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Some courses may require additional fees.