Teach English Now! Theories of Second Language Acquisition

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Course 2 of 4 in the TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now! Specialization

In this course learners are introduced to second or foreign language theories and practices for teaching and assessing listening, speaking, and pronunciation. Learners will also be introduced to basic studies in second language acquisition and their pedagogical implications. Teachers will be invited to recognize the importance of grounding their own teaching philosophy through an examination of purpose, content, and technique.
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Approx. 15 hours to complete

Sugerido: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
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Legendas: English

O que você vai aprender

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    Define your own personal teaching philosophy
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    Describe best practices for teaching listening, speaking, and pronunciation
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    Explain grammar translation and audio-lingual teaching approaches
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    Understand basic studies in second language acquisition
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Sugerido: 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

The Swing of the Pendulum: A Brief Look at ESL History

In this course, learners are introduced to second or foreign language theories and practices for teaching and assessing English. Learners will also be introduced to basic studies in second language acquisition and their pedagogical implications. Teachers will be invited to recognize the importance of grounding their own teaching philosophy through an examination of purpose, content, and technique. In Week 1, learners are introduced to the concepts of purpose, content, and technique as they relate to language teaching, and to some of the themes that will be repeated throughout the course, such as the time machine analogy and the angel and devil debates....
Reading
6 videos (Total 21 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
Video6 videos
Video 1: Purpose, Content, and Technique5m
Video 2: The Time Machine: Visiting 8 Teachers throughout History4m
Video 3: The Angel and Devil Debates3m
Video 4: The Pendular Swing of ESL History4m
Video 5: Summary2m
Reading3 readings
Welcome Guide to the Teach English Now! MOOC10m
Blank Graphic Organizer (Historical Approches)10m
Critical Thinking: A Skill for BOTH Teachers and Students10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Welcome Guide10m
Checkpoint 110m
Checkpoint 210m
Module 1 Review Quiz20m

2

Section
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3 hours to complete

A Study in Contrasts: The Grammar Translation and Direct Approach

Learners go back in time to visit 1880 and 1910 to speak with teachers from the Grammar Translation and the Direct approaches. In our “Angel and Devil Debate” videos, learners will examine each approach from different points of view and decide for themselves which they agree with, if any. Finally, learners will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods that are derived from the Grammar Translation and the Direct approaches....
Reading
7 videos (Total 37 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 2: Angel and Devil Debate: Grammar Translation3m
Video 3: What have we learned?: Grammar Translation4m
Video 4: Back in Time: Direct Approach6m
Video 5: Angel and Devil Debate: Direct Approach4m
Video 6: What have we learned?: Direct Approach5m
Video 7: Summary5m
Reading1 readings
The Berlitz Method10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 110m
Checkpoint 210m
Module 2 Review Quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

A Study in Contrasts: The Reading and Audiolingual Approach

Learners go back in time to visit 1930 and 1940 to speak with teachers from the Reading and the Audio-lingual approaches. In our “Angel and Devil Debate” videos, learners will examine each approach from different points of view and decide for themselves which they agree with, if any. Finally, learners will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods that are derived from the Reading and the Audio-lingual approaches....
Reading
7 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 2: Angel and Devil Debate: Reading Approach4m
Video 3: What have we learned?: Reading Approach4m
Video 4: Back in Time: The Audio-lingual Method6m
Video 5: Angel and Devil Debate: The Audio-lingual Approach4m
Video 6: What Have We Learned?: The Audio-lingual Approach6m
Video 7: Summary5m
Reading1 readings
The Navajo Code Talkers10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 110m
Checkpoint 210m
Module 3 Review Quiz20m

4

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

A Study in Contrasts: The Cognitive and Affective-Humanistic Approach

Learners go back in time to visit 1960 and 1970 to speak with experts from the Cognitive and the Affective-Humanistic approaches. In our “Angel and Devil Debate” videos, learners will examine each approach from different points of view and decide for themselves which they agree with, if any. Finally, learners will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods that are derived from the Cognitive and the Affective-Humanistic approaches. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 40 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 2: Angel and Devil Debate:The Cognitive Approach5m
Video 3: What Have We Learned?: The Cognitive Approach7m
Video 4: Back in Time: The Affective-Humanistic Approach7m
Video 5: Angel and Devil Debate: The Affective-Humanistic Approach3m
Video 6: What Have We Learned?: The Affective-Humanistic Approach4m
Video 7: Summary5m
Reading1 readings
Role Playing in the Classroom10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 110m
Checkpoint 210m
Module 4 Review Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

A Study in Similarities: The Comprehension and Communicative Approach

Learners go back in time to visit the 1980s twice to speak with teachers from the Comprehension and the Communicative approaches. In our “Angel and Devil Debate” videos, learners will examine each approach from different points of view and decide for themselves which they agree with, if any. Finally, learners will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods that are derived from the Comprehension and the Communicative approaches....
Reading
7 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
Video7 videos
Video 2: Angel and Devil Debate: The Comprehension Approach4m
Video 3: What Have We Learned?: The Comprehension Approach7m
Video 4: Back in Time: The Communicative Approach6m
Video 5: Angel and Devil Debate: The Communicative Approach6m
Video 6: What have we learned?: The Communicative Approach7m
Video 7: Summary4m
Reading1 readings
Bringing the Communicative Approach to a Predominantly Grammar Translation System10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Checkpoint 110m
Checkpoint 210m
Module 5 Review Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Assessment

Each of the eight approaches covered in Weeks 2 – 5 will be summarized in preparation for the final quiz. Learners will have the opportunity to look at their graphic organizer and fill in any missing pieces of information as they review the principles taught in the previous weeks....
Reading
1 video (Total 12 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video1 videos
Reading1 readings
Historical Overview of Language Teaching Approaches (Completed)10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Assessment50m
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By NZJun 11th 2018

I'm really enjoying this course. I'm about half way through. I'm looking forrward to how the various courses in this series take me farther and farther into language learning theories and techniques.

By CSMay 15th 2017

All the theories are presented in an extremely organized way.\n\nThe dramatic representation has been rather memorable.\n\nSeeing myriad theories from the lens of time has helped my knowledge stick.

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Dr. Shane Dixon

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Dr. Justin Shewell

Senior International Educator
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Jessica Cinco

International Educator

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