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					      MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other
     Languages (TESOL) with Teaching Internship

Course Descriptions
Summer semester courses:
Pedagogical Grammar
Prof. Dorit Ravid
The course will focus on the structure of the English language with the aim
to map out the main structures / forms and functions of English grammar
for English teachers. The course will provide a detailed presentation of
basic concepts and major structures that English teachers can recruit in
doing their work.

Language Teaching Methodology
Tamar Feuerstein
This is a hands-on course concerned wholly with teaching English as a
foreign language to school age children. The course offers a foundation in
approaches and techniques for teaching a foreign/second language from
the perspective of second/foreign language acquisition research. We will
examine and analyze effective elements of instruction drawn from a
variety of models and approaches including task-based instruction,
content-based instruction, thematic teaching, differentiated instruction
and cooperative learning. During the course students will utilize a variety
of instructional techniques and develop powers of reflection.

The Israeli Educational Context
Hanne Juel Solomon
This course aims to as serve as an introduction to the local Israeli
educational context. It will present a brief survey of major developments
in the educational system, its present macro (national) and micro (school
and class-based) components and characterizing features. It will then
focus on the domain of English teaching, current issues dilemmas and

Fall semester courses:
TESOL Practicum: Critical Issues
(Methodology II)
Dr. Orly Haim
This course seeks to examine current controversies and critical issues
relevant to English teaching such as the role of culture in language
teaching, the optimal age for beginning English instruction in ESL/EFL
settings, the debate over grammar teaching in the language classroom,
and TESOL and multilingual education. The theories and research relevant
to the issues under discussion will be addressed with a special emphasis
on the links between theory and practice. The course combines visits to
various educational sites with critical reflection and analysis in order to
give greater and fuller meaning to the issues discussed in class.
Curriculum Design and Material Development
To be announced
This course integrates basic concepts and models in curriculum design for
teaching English as a Second, Foreign or Additional Language, with
guidelines for designing and creating effective authentic course materials.
The course will commence with a discussion of fundamental issues in
curriculum planning and their relevance to language teaching programs.
The language curriculum discussion will include current weak and strong
versions of content-based language teaching models. Simultaneously,
considerations for choosing and designing appropriate learning materials
that match the curriculum goals and objectives will be introduced and

Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
Prof. Elite Olshtain
The aim of the course is to present students with the latest developments
in the field of second language acquisition research and to enable them to
become familiar with the leading theoretical models and research findings
in the area of bilingualism. The discussions during the course will be based
on individual reading and on mini research projects carried out by the
students. The major issues will be related to the socio-linguistic context
within which second language acquisition takes place with examples from
Israel as well as many other contexts.

Linguistic Models
Prof. Dorit Ravid
The course presents students with updated reviews of the two main
theoretical thrusts in linguistic knowledge, processing and
acquisition today: the Chomskyan/nativistic view of language as a
domain-specific, hard-wired module; and of the Connetonist/empiricist
view of language as a derivative of domain-general learning abilities
driven by input. The relevance of these models for language learning and
thought are discussed in class.

Research Methods in Language Teaching and Learning
Dr. Michal Tannenbaum
This course serves as an introduction to the main concepts of research in
applied linguistics especially with regard to language teaching and
learning and introduces various methods and approaches in the field. The
course deals with the different stages of research, including the
development of research questions, research designs, development and
criticism of research tools, basic concepts in data analysis (quantitative
and qualitative), and critical reading of research in the field.

Multilingualism in the Public Space
Prof. Elana Shohamy
The course focuses on the displays and representations of linguistic (as
well as visual, images and sounds) of multilingualism in public spaces
(e.g., signs, brochures, graffiti, instructions, billboard, and the Internet).
We will see how English and other languages are used for political,
educational, economic, ideological purposes and for the creation of de
facto policies. We will learn how to document, analyze and understand
languages in public spaces (i.e., linguistic landscape items), and how to
use this resource for language teaching in critical ways. Readings will
include philosophers of space as Auge, Lefebvre, de Certeau, Barthes,
Bourdieu, as well as the numerous research studies in this new emerging
field that document patterns of multilingualism in various parts of the
world. Students will participate in a number of field trips as assignments
will include documentation of various places and phenomena in Israel in
order to gain deep insight into Israeli society and using the data for
effective language teaching.

Learning Disabilities in Language Learning
Dr. Susie Russak
This course will examine both theoretical and practical issues related to
learning disabilities and language acquisition. We will examine both
universal and language specific factors that affect language acquisition in
multi-lingual situations. We will become familiar with characteristics of
learning disabilities and examine remedial alternatives for different learner
profiles with attention to teaching methods that are appropriate for
teaching EFL to students with learning disabilities.

Spring semester courses:
Language Testing and Assessment: From Theory to Practice
Dr. Ofra Inbar
The course discusses the theoretical and practical issues involved in the
language assessment domain and will operate on two levels: on one hand
it will focus on issues and dilemmas pertaining to assessment cultures
such as use of the multiple assessment tools for large scale and classroom
use, and the consequences of such practices in terms of critical ethical
concerns, with particular emphasis on ESL/EFL contexts. Simultaneously,
students will be involved in the creation and trying out of assessment
tools, as well as in critiquing teacher-made and external instruments
designed to assess English proficiency.

Language Policy: English in the Global World
Prof. Elana Shohamy
In this course students will be exposed to the major issues surrounding
the status and roles of English in the world today in terms of functionality,
dominance, controversies, dilemmas, varieties and rights. We will
examine different patterns of English language policies as exemplified,
explicitly and implicitly, via different mechanisms, in a number of
countries. We will study the specific case of the dominant role that English
plays in Israel in education and the public space in relation to other local,
national and trans-national languages. We will discuss the challenges of
these policies to educational policies in relation to factors such as teaching
methods contents and tests.

Immigration and Minorities: Linguistic, Psychological and
Educational Aspects
Dr. Michal Tannenbaum
This course discusses linguistic, social, institutional, and psychological
aspects of immigrants and other minorities in Israel and in other
countries. The course deals with theoretical models related to immigration
and language maintenance, emotional aspects involved in language
maintenance, language shift and language loss, and institutional and
educational approaches towards various minority groups in different

Multilingual literacies
Dr. Deborah Dubiner
The primary objective of this course is for educational practitioners to
achieve a comprehensive understanding of the interaction between
multilingualism, society, and literacy. The course examines theoretical and
empirical issues stemming from language diversity in schools including
native-language literacy and multiliteracy and the impact of educational
policies and programs on language-minority students in multilingual

Technology and Language Learning
Elana Spector-Cohen
In this course we learn about computer-based technology in language
learning. We will review various theoretical and practical topics dealing
with computers and language education and critically assess the
pedagogical value and usability of language learning software, online
resources and tools available for ESL/EFL. Students are expected to
actively participate in class and on the online virtual learning environment.

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