NAU Summer Session 2 (1996)
ENG 688 Practicum
Class meeting: Mondays 5-6:45 pm; Place: LA 234
Instructor: Eniko Csomay
Office: LA 150; Tel: 523-9237
Office hours: by appointment
- Practicum teacher-interns will gain experience in practical ESL instruction, class observation, and supervision. Elements that will be included are setting objectives for the course, language and student (to be taught by intern) needs assessment ; language evaluation for placement; syllabus design and coordination; materials selection, adaptation, and development; teaching; observation with feedback; evaluation of student progress and teacher methodology.
- Practicum teacher-interns will demonstrate and understanding of the underlying principles and a mastery of basic ESL methodological techniques (by using appropriate approaches, classroom management maneuvers, and motivational techniques learned in ESL Methodology, Curriculum and Materials Development, and Language Testing courses as well as in the practicum itself.)
- Practicum teacher-interns will gain insights into the multidimensional nature of ESL classroom instruction and deepen their understanding of basic humanistic educational principles.
- Practicum teacher-interns will develop ongoing, critical, self-analysis skills that will enable them to evaluate and critique their own and their peers teaching, facilitating continued professional growth.
- Practicum teacher-interns will be able to evaluate current ESL instructional materials and select and adapt when necessary materials suitable for specified teaching contexts.
- Richards, J.C., & Lockhart, C. (1995). Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. New York:Cambridge University Press. 2nd printing. (RL)
- Nunan, D. & Lamb, C. (1996). The self-directed teacher. Managing the learning process. New York: Cambridge University Press. (NL)
The following assignments will be required in the course:
Short assignments for the classes
Observation diaries: Based on our discussions in class and the lessons visited three observation diaries will be handed in. Further guidelines for these will be given in the course.
Teaching journal: The actual teaching done during the practicum period will serve the content for the three teaching diaries which will be handed in including lesson plans and reflections on the lessons taught. The teaching diaries will be put together based on aspects discussed during the seminar as well as the models provided in Richards & Lockhardt 1995:24.
Materials bank: Everyone will bring activities to the class that we will actually try out. By the end of the course students will have collected descriptions of activities that they experienced in class.
Book review: Two book reviews will be handed in during the course:
- One of the professional development books listed below (1 & 3 will be put on reserve in Cline library) will be reviewed:
- Freeman, D., & Richards, J. C. (1996). Teacher Learning in Language Teaching. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Nunan, D., & Lamb, C. (1996). The self-directed teacher. Managing the learning process. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Starko, A. J. (1995). Creativity in the classroom. Schools of curious delight. USA:Longman.
- A teacher resource book of your choice (selection below is available on the shelves in Cline Library):
- Klippel, F. (1984). Keep Talking. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Mailey, A., & Duff, A. (1982). Drama techniques in language learning. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Macdonald, M., & Rogers-Gordon, S. (1984). Action Plans: 80 student-centered language activities. Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
- Morgan, J., & Rinvolucri, M. (1983). Once upon a time - using stories in the language classroom. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Ur, P. (1981). Discussions that work. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Ur, P. (1989). Teaching listening comprehension. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Wright, A., Betteridge, D., & Buckby, M. (1984). Games for language learning. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Introduction to course; breaking the ice
Setting up teaching and observation schedules
Approaches to classroom investigation - an introduction
07/09 Meeting in Cline Library
Approaches to classroom investigation
Observation techniques in action (video)
Exploring teachers belief systems
- Readings: RL Chs 1 & 2; NL Chs 1 & 2
07/15 Meeting in Cline Library
Language learning activities
Language use in the classroom
- Readings: RL Chs 8 & 9; NL Chs 6 & 8
- Assignments: Teaching journal # 1; Observation diary #1; Book review #1 (TRB)
The structure of a language lesson
Interaction in the second language classroom
- Readings: RL Chs 6 & 7; NL Ch 3
- Assignments: Teaching journal # 2; Observation diary #2.
07/28 Meeting in Cline Library
Focus on the learner
The role of the teacher
- Readings: RL Chs 3 & 5; NL Ch 5.
- Assignments: Teaching Journal #3; Observation diary #3; Book review #2 (PD).
- Materials bank presentations.