Course Description

Become aware of current classroom techniques that promote listening and speaking. Be introduced to the communicative method of second language learning through group discussion, modelling, games and activities. Then, discover how sounds are produced in a variety of languages and what practical teaching techniques you can use to correct common problems with pronunciation in a second language. Gain familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe some common difficulties that adult learners face during speaking and listening tasks, and offer concrete solutions
  • Evaluate common types of listening and speaking tasks found in published material
  • Identify listening sub-skills and design tasks that focus on these in order to help develop learners’ overall listening skills
  • Design speaking tasks that maximize speaking opportunities and student involvement
  • Describe some of the key features of phonology
  • Analyze language structures and vocabulary items in order to identify what areas need addressing in the classroom

Supporting Learning Outcomes

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

  • Use terminology to discuss issues related to the principles of teaching listening and speaking, and pronunciation with peers and colleagues in the field of ESL
  • Describe in broad terms the listening process
  • Explain in broad terms how issues relating to accuracy and fluency affect speaking lesson design


Formerly: TSL 122 Teaching Skills and Systems 2 - 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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6:00PM to 9:00PM
Jan 16, 2024 to Mar 19, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $575.00
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  • Vivienne Jones, BA, MEd
Reading List / Textbook
Title: Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language
Edition: 3rd
Authors: Scrivener
Publisher: MacMillan ELT
ISBN-10: 0230729843
ISBN-13: 978-0230729841

Title: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy
Edition: 4th
Authors: Brown, Lee
Publisher: Pearson ESL
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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