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LINGUIST 4E03 Tesl:Methodologies (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2019

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Kim Henrie


Office: L.R. Wilson Hall 4044

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-11:00 or by appointment

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • understand different ESL contexts in Canada and internationally
  • discuss current issues in the field of TESL
  • demonstrate different teaching methodologies in TESL and describe the rationales behind their development and use
  • identify classroom techniques for teaching different skill areas
  • prepare a lesson plan and facilitate short lessons
  • reflect on your experiences both as a learner and facilitator to inform your planning and completion of practice lessons

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Harmer, J. (2015). The practice of English language teaching. 5th Ed. Essex, UK: Pearson Education, Ltd.

Swan, M. (2016). Practical English usage. 4th Ed. Oxford, UK: OUP.

Method of Assessment:

Lesson Plan Project (Due: Nov. 28)               25%

Quizzes (Oct.3 & Nov. 21)                             20%

Methodology Presentations (Nov. 7th/14th)  15%  

Grammar Workshops                                    20% 

Article Discussion Lead                                 10%   

Participation                                                  10%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Missed quizzes, presentations, and workshops will only be accommodated with proper documentation (e.g. MSAF) and discussion with instructor. Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day.

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  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Topics and Readings:

Course Schedule





1) 05/09/19

Introduction to TESL

Harmer, Chapt. 13 & 14; Nero (2012)


2) 12/09/19

Learning Contexts

Harmer, Chapt. 7 & 10

Article Discussion Lead

Article Discussion Lead:




3) 19/09/19

Lesson Planning

Harmer, Chapt. 12

Article Discussion Lead

Article Discussion Lead:




4) 26/09/19

Learners: What influences their learning?

Harmer, Chapt. 3 & 5

Article Discussion Lead | Grammar Workshop


Article Discussion Lead:





Grammar Workshop:




5) 03/10/19

Teachers: What are the roles

and preconceptions?

Harmer, Chapt. 2 & 6

Quiz 1| Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop:




6) 10/10/19

Teaching Methods: How should

we teach?

Harmer, Chapt. 4

Article Discussion Lead

Article Discussion Lead:




7) 17/10/19

READING WEEK- No class (Oct. 14-20)


8) 24/10/19

Feedback & Assessment: How

can we evaluate and foster


Harmer, Chapt. 8 & 9

Article Discussion Lead| Grammar Workshop

Article Discussion Lead:




Grammar Workshop:



9) 31/10/19

Teaching Language Skills: Top-up, bottom-down, integrated, or discrete?

Harmer, Chapt. 17

Article Discussion Lead

Article Discussion Lead:




Grammar Workshop:




10) 07/11/19

Teaching Methods Presentations Group 1

Methodology Presentations

11) 14/11/19

Teaching Methods Presentations Group 2;

Methodology Presentations

12) 21/11/19

Using Corpora

Reppen (2010)

Quiz 2; Article Discussion Lead

Article Discussion Lead:




13) 28/11/19

Issues in TESL: Who should teach

English, and which English should

we teach?

Haberland 2013; Hyland, 2018; Lansford, 2016; Saraceni, 2015

Lesson Plan Project due; Article Discussion Lead

Article Discussion Lead:



Supplementary Course Readings

W13: Haberland, H. (2013). ELF and the bigger picture. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, Vol. 2(1), pp. 195-198.

W13: Hyland, K. (2018). Sympathy for the devil? A defence of EAP. Language Teaching, 51.3, pp. 383-399.

W13: Lansford, L. (2016). Global English: Tool for international communication, or cultural Trojan Horse? Modern English Teacher, Vol. 25, Issue 3, pp. 57-59.

W1: Nero, S. (2012). Languages without borders: TESOL in a transient world. TESL Canada Journal, Vol. 29, No. 2, Spring, pp. 143-154.

W12: Reppen, R. (2010). Using corpora in the language classroom. Cambridge, UK: CUP, pp. 1-18.

W13: Saraceni, M. (2015) Teaching world Englishes. In. World Englishes: A Critical Analysis. London, UK: Bloomsbury, pp. 171-188.