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Introduction to Communicative Language Teaching

Introduction to Communicative Language Teaching

Description:

This course seeks to provide students with an introduction to key issues and debates involved in teaching foreign languages at the secondary school level. Through in-class input sessions and additional reading, students will become aware of theoretical frameworks and ideas underlying current approaches to language teaching including the national curriculum. In class, there will be opportunity to discuss various issues surrounding foreign language teaching, including but not limited to pluralingualism, working with mixed ability groups, English as Lingua Franca, differentiation, and digital literacy. Students will be encouraged to develop their critical reflective skills by considering the appropriacy as well as possible limitations of different approaches. Students should complete the course with an understanding of the rationale underpinning a range of contemporary methods and techniques used in foreign language education, in particular those associated with communicative language teaching.

 

Aims:• To explore basic principles of contemporary approaches to language teaching, focusing on communicative language teaching
• To introduce students to key issues and debates in foreign language education
• To provide an overview of methodologies used in foreign language education
• To help students develop their own didactic competences
• To support students in developing self-awareness and critical reflection skills

 

Methods:

• Teacher-guided input

• Collaborative student work – Online and in-class

• Critical reflection tasks

• Set reading activities

 

Assessment:

• 2 assessed reflection tasks during the semester

• 1 final exam at the end of the course

 

Materials:

All material for the course will be provided in the form of handouts.

ELT Research and Methodology

Univ.-Prof. Sarah Mercer BA MA MSc PhD

Liebiggasse 9/HP
8010 Graz

Phone:+43 (0)316 380 - 8190

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