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ENGL 4033 Syllabus 1

TESOL Methods and Materials / ENGL 4033

Fall 2017

Dr. Aleksandra Kasztalska (Dr. K)


Office: Wilson 314 Office Hours: M 10-11am, 2-4pm, TTh 12:30-3pm

Credit Hour Description

Tuesdays 5:00-7:40pm Wilson 315 F-to-F (0-24% online) 160 min per class, 14 meetings per term 3 credit hours

For every course credit hour of a 15-17 week semester, the typical student should expect to spend

approximately 45 clock hours per term of concentrated attention on course-related work, including but not limited to time engaged in class, as well as out-of-class time spent reading, reviewing, organizing notes, preparing for upcoming quizzes/exams, problem solving, developing and completing projects, and other activities that enhance learning.


University Mission Statement

The mission of Southern Arkansas University is to educate students for productive and fulfilling lives in a

global environment by providing opportunities for intellectual growth, individual enrichment, skill development, and meaningful career preparation. The University believes in the worth of the individual and accepts its responsibility for developing in its students those values and competencies essential for effective citizenship in an ever-changing, free, and democratic society. Further, the University encourages and supports excellence in teaching, scholarly, and creative endeavors, and service.

College Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts is to foster students’ ability to think critically, become tolerant of diversity, adhere to ethical values, communicate effectively, cooperate successfully, and become responsible citizens in a changing global society. In addition, the College seeks to instill in each student an appreciation of literature, languages, history, politics, geography, music, theatre, and art, and to provide the campus and region with opportunities for participation in these disciplines.

Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of English and Foreign Languages is to provide the portion of a liberal

arts education that employs language, literature, and written communication to develop the students’

ability to think critically, understand and appreciate diversity, adhere to ethical values, and communicate effectively in a global environment.

Learning Goals and Course Content

Linguistic Knowledge: Students will learn about the key approaches to teaching ESL students and consideration for working with diverse learners.

Course Content: Students will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English as a second language. Students will have an opportunity to learn current teaching approaches in ESL, the dimensions of language proficiency, the connections between language and culture, learning strategies, and the pedagogy of teaching oral and written skills. Students will also develop ways to facilitate language learner differences by designing appropriate language tasks and by evaluating teaching materials and texts. A research project is required.

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Required text

Brown, H. D. & Lee, H. (2015). Teaching By Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy. White Plains, NY: Pearson. The textbook is available on reserve at the Library. Other readings will be uploaded to Blackboard.

Course grades

Assignments will receive letter grades based on the percentage of all points a student receives for a

given assignment. Similarly, final grades will be assigned based on the percentage of all points the student has received during the semester. The percentages and corresponding letter grades are:

A = 90-100%

B = 80-89%

C = 70-79%

D = 60-69%

F = < 60%

Dr. K will generally grade each assignment within one week. It is YOUR responsibility to check Blackboard regularly to monitor your grades and notify Dr. K if you have any concerns. If you have any questions or concerns about a given grade, you must contact Dr. K within 10 days of receiving the grade.


Points will be awarded in the following amounts, for a maximum of 1000 pts:

Homeworks Course Reflections Teaching Philosophy (draft 1) Teaching Philosophy (draft 2) Teaching Observations Classroom Solutions Lesson Plan, Rationale, Demo Attendance and Participation

More details about assignments


50 pts (5 x 10 pts) 100 pts (2 x 50 pts) 50 pts 50 pts 200 pts (2 x 100 pts) 100 pts 300 pts 150 pts

Over the course of the semester, you will submit 5 Homeworks. They will be smaller assignments that you will complete at home and submit in-class on the day they are due. They will be pass/fail, meaning you will either receive full credit or a 0. The Homeworks cannot be made up later.

Course Reflections

You will submit 2 Course Reflections this semester. A Reflection is an analytical and reflective response to the readings and ideas we have been discussing in class (any readings/ideas discussed up to that point; not just those scheduled for a given day). A Course Reflection is NOT a summary of

the readings! Instead, it is a text that demonstrates your critical thinking about the ideas encountered in this coursefor example, by extending key concepts and applying them to new situations, analyzing the ideas and providing novel examples, synthesizing the information in novel ways and connecting them to your own life, evaluating the ideas, theories, and concepts, or creating/proposing new frameworks, interpretations and applications. Each Reflection should be

400-500 words, typed on a computer, and submitted as a Word file to Blackboard by midnight. In evaluating Reflections, Dr. K will consider the following criteria:

  • The text has a clearly stated thesis or central idea early in the text.

  • The text shows the author has thought carefully about the issues raised in the readings and class discussions.

  • The author supports his or her own argument/opinion with relevant, detailed evidence, examples and sound logic (try to avoid generalizations).

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  • The text clearly and directly references the ideas from the readings or class discussions (make sure to specify the source or author of the idea).

  • The author considers alternative viewpoints to his or her own.

  • The text is well organized (uses multiple paragraphs or sections to make distinct points; stays focused and effectively moves from one idea to another; has a clear thesis/central idea and conclusion).

  • The writing is clear and uses appropriate academic vocabulary, spelling, and grammar.

Teaching Philosophy (first and final draft)

On the first day of class, you will submit a rough draft of your Teaching Philosophy. You will complete this assignment in class. At the end of the semester, you will be asked to reflect on what you have learned about teaching and about working with ELLs in this course. You will then reread your original Teaching Philosophy and revise it, evaluating and updating your original Philosophy, as well as expanding it based on what you learned this semester. Further instructions will be provided later.

Teaching Observations

Twice during the semester, you will observe an ESL class offered through the ESL Program at SAU. Each class will have to be different. After observing each class, you will write a report in which you

describe the class, highlighting and evaluating the pedagogical principles and practices you observed. The purpose of this assignment is to acquaint you with the behavior of ELLs in the classroom, to observe authentic student-teacher interaction, and to see how SLA theories translate into practice. Further instructions will be provided later. Please note: You are responsible for making all necessary arrangements in order to conduct your observations. This means that you will have to contact the ESL instructor in advance to schedule a short meeting with them and to schedule your observation. In addition, you may have to miss your own class or work in order to conduct your observations. If you have to miss class/work, Dr. K will be happy to contact your other teacher/employer and ask them to excuse your absence, but Dr. K cannot guarantee that your absence will be excused.

Classroom Solutions

You will work with a partner or in a small group. Each group will be assigned a particular educational scenario and will need to offer a solution to a given problem. You will summarize your solution in a

one-page handout, write a short report summarizing your contribution to your group, and give short group presentation in class. Further instructions will be provided later.

Lesson Plan, Rationale, and Demo

You will design a lesson plan for a hypothetical ESL class and present your lesson plan in class on

either 11/21 or 11/28, teaching a 15-minute portion of your lesson to your classmates. You will also have to submit a written rationale for your lesson plan. Further instructions will be provided later.

Attendance and Participation You are expected to attend ALL class meetings and conferences and to come to class on time. However, you are allowed one unexcused absenceno questions asked. An absence counts as unexcused if it is due to your own error or forgetfulness (e.g., if you oversleep or forget we are meeting), or due to everyday mishaps that are not really your fault but that you can reasonably expect to happen once or twice a semester (e.g., if your car breaks down or if you have to help a friend/relative with an errand). An absence is also unexcused if you fail to contact Dr. K and explain your absence in a timely manner. For each unexcused absence over the allowed one, 50 points will

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be deducted from your final grade in this class at the end of the semester. Moreover, as stated in the Student Handbook:

“If a student is absent from a class more than the equivalent of one week of instruction

. those absences will be reported to the dean of students. The dean will then send the student a

. .

notice of pending action. The student is advised to contact the instructor as soon as this notice has been received. Ten calendar days after the report is submitted by the instructor during a regular semester or after seven calendar days during a summer session, a student may be dropped from the class for excessive unexcused absences at the request of the instructor. If this occurs, a grade of WF (withdrawal with failure) will be given for the course.”

In this course, if you miss more than one class meeting, you may be dropped!

If at any point during the semester you become seriously ill or are facing other serious, unavoidable circumstances (personal, financial, or other) that prevent you from coming to class, submitting assignments on time, or turning in your best work, you must contact Dr. K as soon as possible. Some absences may count as excused and some deadlines may be extended, but you have to let Dr. K know in a timely manner!


All major assignments and deadlines are listed in the course schedule, but during the semester Dr. K may change some assignments or deadlines, or create new assignments. It is YOUR responsibility to stay informed about what is due and when. You should attend all classes and check your SAU e-mail and Blackboard regularly.

Technical difficulties

Technical difficultiesincluding broken computers, problems with Internet connectivity, etc.are NEVER an excuse for late or missed work! You should always plan ahead to ensure that you will can submit your work before the due date and you should regularly back up all your work. Consider using a free cloud/storage service, like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Emergencies and university functions

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If an assignment is submitted late due to an emergency or other special circumstances, you must notify Dr. K as soon as you can to ask for an extension. If you know in advance that you will have to miss a class

due to university-mandated activities (e.g., sports events, club trips, etc.) you must notify Dr. K in advance and make advance arrangements to complete the missed work. If you do not make

arrangements in advance, you will NOT be given an extension or excused absences after you’ve missed

the due date or class.

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Contacting Dr. K

To contact Dr. K, please use the information listed on the first page of

this syllabus. When e-mailing Dr. K, use proper email etiquette:

Include an informative subject line, begin with an appropriate greeting, use appropriate grammar and spelling, and sign with your full name, class number or title, and class meeting time. Moreover,

you should allow at least 24 hours for Dr. K to respond to e-mails

during the week and longer during weekends. Finally, please keep in mind that Dr. K will NOT discuss your grades in an e-mail. If you wish to discuss your grade, you must set up an appointment with Dr. K.

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Additional course policies:

While class is taking place, please refrain from using your cell phone or browsing non-SAU websites (unless Dr. K gives you explicit permission to browse other websites). Violation of this policy will result in a lowered Attendance and Participation grade at the end of the semester.

While class is taking place, you may NOT wear headphones in your ears or chew gum or tobacco.

You are expected to participate cooperatively, constructively, and to the best of your ability in

all class activities, while respecting the different experiences, beliefs and values expressed by everyone in this course. Any behavior that could be distracting to Dr. K or your classmatesincluding but not limited to off-topic conversations, use of cell phones, or chewing/spitting tobaccois considered disrespectful and should be avoided. If you fail to behave in an engaged and respectful manner, you may be asked to leave a class meeting and will receive an unexcused absence. In both your in-class and online interactions with classmates, you are expected to avoid any language that may be construed as hate speechin other words, any words or phrases that could be understood as threatening, insulting, or degrading to a person or group based on characteristics such as race, gender or gender identity, or sexual orientation. It is the policy of SAU to accommodate students with disabilities, pursuant to federal law, state

law, and the University's commitment to equal education opportunities. Any student with a disability who needs accommodation should inform the instructor at the beginning of the course. Students with disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disabilities Support Services, 216 Reynolds Center, 870-235-4154. Academic integrity at SAU is an organizational and individual responsibility to honesty in all learning experiences. Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct and is subject to disciplinary action. Acts of dishonesty include, but are not limited to:

  • A. Plagiarismthe act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as one’s own.

  • B. Cheatingan act of dishonesty with the intention of obtaining and/or using information in a fraudulent manner.

  • C. Fabricationfaking or forging a document, signature or findings of a research project.

  • D. Resubmissionsubmitting a work you have submitted for credit in a previous class.

If you are caught committing plagiarism or any other act of academic dishonesty, you will automatically receive a grade of 0 on the assignment and be required to meet with the dean of the College of Liberal and Performing Arts; other penalties may be assessed at the instructor’s discretion, depending on the severity of the offense.

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ENGL 4033 Tentative Schedule

Fall 2017






  • 1 8/29

Introductions and course overview Filmore & Snow discussion Teaching Philosophy (in-class)

Filmore & Snow (p. 5-12)

Teaching Philosophy (draft 1)

  • 2 9/5

A Century of Language Teaching Contextualizing Communicative Approaches

Brown & Lee ch. 2 Brown & Lee ch. 3


  • 3 9/12

Q&A with Dr. Petr Kandidatov

Brown & Lee ch. 4

Course Reflection 1

Teaching by Principles Intercultural Competence

Sharifian, Globalisation and developing…

  • 4 9/19

Teaching Across Age Levels Teaching Across Proficiency Levels

Brown & Lee ch. 6 Brown & Lee ch. 7


  • 5 9/26

Curriculum and Course Design

Brown & Lee ch. 9


Lesson Planning

Brown & Lee ch. 10

Observation 1

  • 6 10/3

Techniques, Textbooks, and Materials Classroom Management

Brown & Lee ch. 11 Brown & Lee ch. 14


  • 7 10/10

Q&A with Amelia Mena

Brown & Lee ch. 15

Classroom Solutions

Teaching Listening What teachers need to know about oral language

Filmore & Snow (p. 14-25)

  • 8 10/17

Teaching Speaking

Brown & Lee ch. 16 Sung, I would like to sound


  • 9 10/24

Teaching Reading What teachers need to know about written language

Brown & Lee ch. 17 Filmore & Snow (p. 25-32)

Course Reflection 2

  • 10 10/31

Teaching Writing

Brown & Lee ch. 18 Fernsten, Writer identity…


  • 11 11/7

Q&A with Wenfeng Li

Brown & Lee ch. 19


Teaching Grammar and Vocabulary


Observation 2

  • 12 11/14

Language Assessment

Brown & Lee ch. 20 TBA

  • 13 11/21

Lesson Plan Demos

  • 14 11/28

Lesson Plan Demos Potluck and TESOL Awards


Lesson Plan

  • 15 12/5



Teaching Philosophy (draft 2)

Please note: Topics, readings, assignments, and due dates are subject to change. It is YOUR responsibility to stay informed about what is due and when. You should attend all classes and check your SAU e-mail and Blackboard regularly to stay up-to-date.