Teaching English as a Second Language

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Teaching English as a Second Language

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

  • Location

    Santiago, Dominican Republic

  • Area of Study

    Education, Secondary Education, Spanish Education

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, Advanced

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    *Please note that the course will appear on your PUCMM transcript as two distinct courses ING 381-T (theory- 30 contact hours) and ING 381-T (Practice- 30 contact hours). The theory and pracitice components of the course will be evaluated individually, and grades will be assigned accordingly.


    This course is oriented toward people who are fluent in English and are interested in second language teaching. It is designed to provide the students-teachers the appropriate and necessary instructions, strategies, and techniques that will enable them to carry out their teaching of English as a Second Language.


    1. To motivate the students to develop a dynamic style of teaching through their active participation in classroom activities.
    2. To get the students to process information starting from their own experiences and from a critical reflection on them.
    3. To motivate the participants to develop an attitude toward learning that influences their later work and their professional lives.
    4. To promote the autonomy and creativity of professors in the use of teaching methods, techniques, and in the preparation of materials.
    5. To help students become conscious of the necessity of constant professional development in the teaching of second languages.
    6. Organize opportunities to practice teaching with adolescent students and young people.


    Unit 1: Language and techniques of teaching and learning.

    1. Concepts, definitions.
    2. Teaching styles and strategies.
    3. Teachers? and students? beliefs.
    4. The role of the teacher in a second language class.

    Unit 2: Acquisition of a second language.

    1. Theories and debates.
    2. Different theories.
    3. Personality factors.
    4. Socio-cultural factors.

    Unit 3: The teaching process.
    1. Teaching the four abilities.
    2. Teaching the culture of the second language.
    3. Planning a lesson.
    4. Methods and different approaches to the teaching of a second language.
    5. Correcting errors.

    Unit 4: Exams and evaluations.

    1. What is the purpose of exams?
    2. Types of exams.
    3. Designing an exam.
    4. New trends in evaluation.

    Unit 5: Professional development.

    1. Reflexive teaching.
    2. Observation in pairs (student-teacher and vice versa).
    3. The role of student feedback.


    Reports and readings: 15%
    Class observations: 20%
    Teaching practice: 30%
    Class Participation: 20%
    Final exam: 15%
    Total: 100%


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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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