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 challenges. 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 implemented. 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 contexts. 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 contexts. 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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