Teaching the English language



Course information

Title

Teaching the English language

Lecturer

Balogh Erzsébet

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Course description

Short description

The aim of the course is to provide students with the fundamental aspects of teaching the English language and English language skills. It focuses on issues of teaching pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and functions in terms of what and how to teach as well as planning lessons and testing these English skills at the different proficiency levels. The course relies on students’ knowledge gained in their introductory linguistics course and it also attempts to act as a transition to subsequent methodology courses where students will deal with the teaching of these language skills in more detail.

Schedule

Weekly topics

1 Introduction; The English language; Which English (variety) to teach?

Reading: Harmer 2007, Chapters 1 and 2, pp. 13−44.

2 Pronunciation 1: What to teach?

Reading: Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 2.5, pp. 58−70.; Derwing and Munro 2015, Chapter 3, pp. 29−54.

3 Pronunciation 2: How to teach it?

Reading: Harmer 2007, Chapter 15, pp. 248−264.; Derwing and Munro 2015, Chapter 5, pp. 77−108.

4 Vocabulary 1: What to teach?

Reading: Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 2.4, pp. 45−57.; Schmitt 2008, Chapter 1, pp. 1−9, Chapter 3, pp. 22−44, Chapter 4, pp. 45−67.

5 Vocabulary 2: How to teach it?

Reading: Harmer 2007, Chapter 14, pp. 229−247.; Hedge 2000, Chapter 4, pp. 109−140.; Schmitt 2008, Chapters 7 and 8, pp. 116−162.

6 Functions 1: What to teach?

Reading: Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 2.3, pp. 32−44.; Hedge 2000, Chapter 2, pp. 43−74.

7 Functions 2: How to teach them?

Reading: Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 2.3, pp. 32−44.

8 Grammar 1: What to teach?

Reading: Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 2.2, pp. 18−31.; Scrivener 2010

9 Grammar 2: How to teach it?

Reading: Harmer 2007, Chapter 13, pp. 210−228.; Scrivener 2010; Hedge 2000, Chapter 5, pp. 143−183.

10 Language learning levels; What to teach at a beginner level?

Reading: Parmenter and Bryam 2012; Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 2.1, pp. 9−17.; Latham-Koenig et al. 2012a, pp. 124−166.

11 What to teach at pre-intermediate and intermediate levels?

Reading: Latham-Koenig et al. 2012b, pp. 126−167.; Latham-Koenig and Oxenden 2013, pp. 132−166.

12 What to teach at upper-intermediate and advanced levels?

Reading: Latham-Koenig and Oxenden 2014, pp. 132−167; Latham-Koenig et al. 2015, pp. 140−175.

13 How to plan a language skill lesson?

Reading: Harmer 2007, Chapter 12, pp. 200−209., Chapter 21, pp. 364−378.; Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 4.1, pp. 133−139.; ; Hedge 2000, Chapter 10, pp. 337−366.

14 Testing language skills

Reading: Harmer 2007, Chapter 22, pp. 379−390.; Hadfield and Hadfield 2008, Unit 4.2, pp. 140−156.; Derwing and Munro 2015, Chapter 6, pp. 109−120.; Hedge 2000, Chapter 11, pp. 375−394.; Schmitt 2008, Chapter 9, pp. 163−180.

Semester

Fall

Requirements

Requirements to get the grade

Grading is based an oral exam to be taken in the exam period that covers the textbook and classroom material.

Reading list

Reading list

Budai László. 2003. English Grammar: Theory and Practice. Budapest: Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó.

Derwing, M. Tracey and Murray J. Munro. 2015. Pronunciation fundamentals. Evidence-based perspectives for L2 teaching and research. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Hadfield, Jill, and Charles Hadfield. 2008. Introduction to teaching English. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Harmer, Jeremy. 2007. The practice of English language teaching. Fourth Edition. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

Hedge, Tricia. 2000. Teaching and learning in the language classroom. Oxford: Oxford University

Latham-Koenig, Christina and Clive Oxenden. 2013. English File. Third Edition. Intermediate Student’s Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Latham-Koenig, Christina and Clive Oxenden. 2014. English File. Third Edition. Upper-intermediate Student’s Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Latham-Koenig, Christina, Clive Oxenden and Jerry Lambert. 2015. English File. Third Edition. Advanced Student’s Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Latham-Koenig, Christina, Clive Oxenden and Paul Seligson. 2012a. English File. Third Edition. Elementary Student’s Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Latham-Koenig, Christina, Clive Oxenden and Paul Seligson. 2012b. English File. Third Edition. Pre-intermediate Student’s Book. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Parmenter, Lynne and Michael Bryam. 2012. The Common European Framework of Reference. Bristol/Buffalo/Toronto: Multilingual Matters.

Schmitt, Norbert. 2008. Vocabulary in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scrivener, Jim. 2010. Teaching English grammar. What to teach and how to teach it. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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