Course Description

Explore both theoretical and practical aspects of specific skills in learning a second language. Review what is known about the reading and writing process including communicating well to be heard and understood, and reading and writing for specific purposes. Next review what is known about teaching grammar in a second language while concentrating on pedagogical techniques. Cover critical and innovative approaches to grammar and learn specific strategies for teaching grammar in a second language. Finally, cover systematic and principled procedures for teaching vocabulary.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the underlying principles informing current approaches to teaching reading and writing skills in ESL
  • articulate the basics of how grammar and vocabulary in English are organized systematically and
  • explain the importance of this knowledge to teachers of ESL
  • plan to teach grammar and vocabulary with an emphasis on the three fundamentals of meaning, form and phonology

Supporting Learning Outcomes

  • You will have the opportunity to practice analyzing vocabulary and grammar for teaching purposes.
  • You will practice adapting reading material for classroom use and selecting appropriate grammar, vocabulary and writing practice activities for ESL learners.


Formerly: TSL 121 Teaching Skills and Systems 1 - ESL


The following prerequisites are recommended before taking this course:


  • A minimum of 6 – 12 months teaching experience with adult learners or related experience working with adult learners


  • A degree in Education
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1:00PM to 4:00PM
Jul 23, 2024 to Aug 22, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $575.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language
Edition: Third
Author: Scrivener, Jim
Publisher: MacMillan
ISBN-10: 0230729843
ISBN-13: 978-0230729841 

Title: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy
Edition: Fourth
Authors: Brown, H. Douglas and Lee, Heekyeong
Publisher: Pearson 
ISBN-10: 0133925854
ISBN-13: 978-0133925852

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Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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