Course Description

Be introduced to the field of learning and teaching a second language. Become familiar with the terminology used generally in the realm of second language teaching and specifically in the TSL Certificate program. Then focus on principles of classroom management and lesson planning. This will include concepts such as increasing student interaction in the classroom, using effective teacher language and logical staging of various lesson types.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Pedagogic Fundamentals course, you will be able to:

  • Examine what constitutes a typical and effective language lesson;
  • Recognize the characteristics of adult learners compared to younger learners and appreciate the importance of age as a factor in lesson design;
  • Create a supporting learning environment that encompasses a variety of learning and teaching styles;
  • Identify the complexities of language proficiencies; and
  • Define the principle of strategic investment within practical classroom contexts.

Supporting Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Design, identify and adjust transitions from one component to another of a language class;
  • Incorporate concepts of accuracy, fluency, comprehensibility, grammaticality and sociolinguistic appropriateness when designing lesson plans;
  • Utilize interactive techniques that enhance the communicative competencies of language students; and
  • Facilitate interactive group work tasks and create a positive classroom environment.


BMC 352 Learning Online (required for online sections of this course)


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