Course Description

Examine theories of first and second language acquisition and consider how learners' first language affects their learning of another language. Discuss the unique challenges of teaching children, youth and adults, as well as teaching students at different proficiency levels. Learn concrete approaches for reaching learners with various learning styles and help students to develop their autonomy and learning strategies. Finally, consider principles and techniques for effective verbal and written correction and feedback.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the main theories of second language acquisition.
  • Explain the effect of learners’ age on language learning and teaching.
  • Describe the main features of various language proficiency levels.
  • Identify and apply the principles of effective error correction and feedback.

Supporting Learning Outcomes

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

  • Make better inferences as to how learners’ second language acquisition works and is affected by their L1.
  • Adapt and design tasks that are appropriate for various age groups.
  • Adapt and design tasks that are appropriate for various proficiency levels.
  • Choose between various error correction techniques depending on the teaching situation.


Formerly: TSL 124- Level 2


Completion of TSL Level 1 - TESL courses or TSL Level 1 - TIHL courses.

Mandatory Prerequisites:
Linguistic Structures TSL 108, AND TSL Fundamentals - ESL(complete) TSL 120, Teaching Skills and Systems 1 - ESL (Complete) TSL 121 or TSL 131, AND Teaching Skills and Systems 2 TSL 122 or TSL 132- ESL (Complete),
TSL Fundamentals - IHL (Complete) TSL 127or TSL 120  AND, Teaching Skills and Systems 1 - IHL (Complete) TSL 128 or TSL 133 AND, Teaching Skills and Systems 2 - IHL (Complete) TSL 129 or TSL 134.

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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Oct 06, 2020 to Nov 30, 2020
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Course Fees
Flat fee non-credit $575.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook
Title: Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language
Edition: 3rd
Authors: Scrivener
Publisher: MacMillan ELT
ISBN: 978-0230729841

Title: Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy
Edition: 4th
Authors: Brown, Lee
Publisher: Pearson ESL
ISBN: 978-0133925852

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Section Notes

Prerequisites: TSL Level 1 courses.

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

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students who are unfamiliar with Desire2Learn or Adobe Connect are recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online prior to enrolling in this course.

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.

Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more TSL courses. Offer valid for the current academic year.

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