Course Description

Familiarize yourself with second language teaching methodology in the last two centuries. First, an historical overview of the different approaches including grammar translation, the Direct and Series methods, Audiolingualism and so forth will be examined. Then, learn more about using newer methods such as Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), Task-Based Learning (TBL), and the Lexical Approach.

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe the major approaches and methods used in second language teaching in the past and now.
  • Critically assess the theoretical foundations these methods were built on.
  • Identify how teachers can benefit from the teaching methods covered in the course and implement them in your own present / future teaching context.
  • Design and/or adapt various teaching tasks reflecting eclectic and communicative approaches to teaching.

Supporting Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify main characteristics of various past and present approaches and methods in second language teaching.
  • Analyze and critique published materials and tasks these present in light of communicative and eclectic approach to language teaching.
  • Describe more accurately your own beliefs about effective language teaching and your approach to it.


Formerly TSL 104 - TSL Methodology


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

TSL 108 Linguistic Structures AND
TSL 120 TSL Fundamentals (formerly TSL 127) AND
TSL 131 Teaching Reading, Writing and Grammar - ESL (formerly TSL 121) AND
TSL 132 Teaching Speaking and Listening - ESL (formerly TSL 122)


TSL 108 Linguistic Structures AND
TSL 120 TSL Fundamentals (formerly TSL 127) AND
TSL 133 Teaching Reading, Writing and Grammar - IHL (formerly TSL 128) AND
TSL 134 Teaching Speaking and Listening - IHL (formerly TSL 129)


Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)

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Feb 22, 2022 to Apr 11, 2022
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $575.00
Potential Price Adjustments
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

Prerequisite: TSL Level 1 courses.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L.
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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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