EDSL 610 | Foreign and Second Language Teaching Methods

Course Description 

Survey of innovative approaches to foreign/second language teaching. An overview of theory and practice in the field, highlighting methods for the development of comprehension and communication skills. Humanistic techniques, teaching the cultural context of language use, and language testing are also included.


EDSL 610 Syllabus FA2012

Sample Coursework

Multiple Intelligences Activity Plan: This assignment provided an outlet where I created a template to use multiple intelligences as a springboard for different activities within a theme and French language context. The learning scenario was to discover France in an economic way through WWOOFing (working on organic farms).

Technology Lesson Plan: This assignment was designed to help ALCI students open up a bank account. It provided them with opportunities to make an online budget, shows them instructional videos, and has them set up their online banking profiles. It is a real life tool that students have actually used and that I have used with new ALCI students.

Text Based Lesson Plan: For this assignment, we were to pick a text and create a lesson plan around it. This assignment used Rimbaud’s poem, “Rêve pour l’hiver”, to teach the seasons.


This course provides an integrated overview of theory and practice in foreign/second language education. More specifically it addresses the following:

  1. Proficiency oriented instruction – linguistic, cognitive and affective dimensions; listening, speaking, reading, and writing proficiency; assessment criteria (global tasks/functions, context, content, accuracy and text type)
  2. Teaching language in context – current methods, innovative approaches and strategies in foreign/second language education
  3. Second language development – communication and comprehension
  4. Second language literacy development – emphasis on beginning and intermediate levels
  5. Teaching for cultural understanding – acculturation; societal, home and community contexts; strategies for teaching culture
  6. Teaching in multilingual classrooms – context, process and content in relation to teaching and learning in multilingual classrooms. This includes Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE)
  7. Planning for instruction – lesson planning, Effective Instructional Sequence (EIS) model (setting the stage and  providing comprehensible input, guided practice, application and extension of instruction, and evaluation and assessment)
  8. Limited practicum – Classroom observations; planning, teaching evaluating and reflecting upon three lessons in a classroom, small group or tutorial setting


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