Course outline_ENG611_Theories Of Language Learning And Teaching

 

COURSE OUTLINE

 

Title:                    Theories Of Language Learning And Teaching

Course code:       ENG611

No. of credits:      3 credits

 

1. COURSE OVERVIEW

This course is designed to equip learners with an introductory study about contemporary developments in the theories of English language teaching and learning. The course explores a range of theories (behaviourism, cognitivism, and constructivism) and research, and factors affecting the process of teaching and learning a foreign/second language, such as individual, sociological, and psychological, and their implications. It also relates to changes in context and culture of English language teaching and learning in Vietnam. By carefully examining these theories, we will be able to identify different instruments which may be useful in learning and teaching in a variety of settings.

Owing to the practical application of the course, learners are requested to flexibly link their insights and reflection to current observation of ELT teaching and learning.

2. COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • to extend and develop awareness of the major theories of learning  and their applications in actual teaching/learning environments.
  • to critically examine how learning theory  informs classroom activity from both teacher and learner perspectives;
  • to develop ability to find and interpret research material, and to enable learners to use recent academic research in the field to support their own approach to teaching and learning.

3. TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

  • Introduction to Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Focus on Teaching Theories
  • Focus on Learning Theories
  • Focus on the How Students Learn Languages 
  • Focus on Approaches 
  • Focus on Concepts and Precepts
  • Focus on Internal and External Factors 
  • Focus on How Language Is Instructed
  • Focus on Culture and Learning Culture
  • Focus on Technology-enhancing Language Teaching and Learning
  • Language Teachers Education in the 21st century

4. MATERIALS

4.1. Required textbooks

  • Nguyen Dinh Thu (2019). Readings on Theories of Language Teaching and Learning. Compied by Open University, HCMC (for internal use)
  • Mitchell, R; Myles, F & Marsden, E. (2013). Second Language Learning Theories. Routledge

4.2. Reference materials

  • TESOL Quarterly
  • Language Teaching
  • Language Teaching Research
  • RELC

5. ASSESSMENT

5.1     Midterm (50%)

  • Attendance (10%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Group presentation (30%)

5.2     Final (50%)

  • Critique paper

6. STUDENT WORKLOAD

  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods

 
 
 
 
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