Subject: Curriculum Studies
Credit units: 3
Offered: Term 1 and 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Education
Department: Curriculum Studies


This is the first in a series of courses to prepare early/middle and secondary teachers and adult educators to teach the English language to children and adults with other first languages who must become able to meet life, work, and academic needs using English. Students will have an opportunity to study and examine learner background; institutional contexts; learner variables; socio-cultural considerations; theoretical considerations about language learning; comparison of L1 and L2 language acquisition; introduction of grammatical, textual, functional, sociolinguistic and strategic competences in language and their integration in the language classroom; issues and problems inherent in the acquisition of second/additional language; and introduction to specific instructional techniques for teaching a second/additional language.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit units of ENG (literature and composition) or 3 credit units of ENG (literature and composition) and 3 credit units of LING or 6 credit units of LING.
Note: Students enrolled in the CERTESL Program may receive credit for only one of TESL 21 or ECUR 291. Students enrolled in the B.Ed. or PDCEAL programs cannot use TESL 21 for credit to meet the B.Ed. or PDCEAL degree requirements.

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