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In the Name of God

Methods of Teaching Language Skills


Mahmood Hashemian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
Spring 2018
Email: TEFL20@HOTMAIL.COM

Aims & Objectives:


M.A. students of TEFL need to develop their five language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading,
writing, and grammaring) for they might start to teach one or all the aforementioned skills in their teaching
profession. As such, they are expected to know the theory and practice of ESL/EFL five language skills. In
this course, M.A. students of TEFL are expected to achieve the following objectives by the end of the
semester:

 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching listening


 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching speaking
 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching reading
 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching writing
 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching grammar
 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching lexicon
 A good command of the theory and practice of teaching pronunciation

Each session of absence will receive a -0.5 penalty score. More than 3 sessions of absence will result in
the dismissal of the absentee.

Plagiarism is a violation of academic honesty policy. It will not be tolerated in this class at all. An act
of plagiarism carries an automatic grade of -1 in this course!

Course Requirements:
 Active Participation & Lecture Presentation ……………… 20% (4 points)
 Term Paper ……………………………………………..….... 30% (6 points)
o Deadline: on your final day exam
 Final Exam ……………………………………………..….… 50% (10 points)

Note:
The following syllabus is tentative and subject to change.
Sporadic articles will be given to the students during the semester.
Please take the following into account for presenting your lectures:
Prepare a PowerPoint of the chapter(s) you are assigned to present.
Select the key ideas from the chapter(s), give a very brief summary of the main points
in your own language (while showing them on the screen), and prepare a few questions
for potential discussion.
The assumption is that everyone will read the chapter(s), so identify controversial or
confusing issues that can be discussed during class.
A Tentative Syllabus for Teaching Language Skills
Weeks Topics Assigned Readings
1 Introduction & Syllabus Overview -------------------------
2&3 Chastain, Chapter 7
Nunan (1999), Chapter 7 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 2
Carter & Nunan, Chapter 1
Schmitt, Chapter 11
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Schellekens, Chapter 5
Teaching Listening Brown, Chapter 16
Scrivener, Chapter 10
Harmer, Chapters 14 (A & B) & 16 (A - C)
Broughton et al., Chapter 6
Lindsay & Knight, Chapter 4
Uso-Juan & Martinez-Flor, Section II
4&5 Chastain, Chapter 10
Nunan (1999), Chapter 8 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 3
Carter & Nunan, Chapter, 2
Schmitt, Chapter 12
Schellekens, Chapter 5
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Brown, Chapter 17
Teaching Speaking Scrivener, Chapter 6
Harmer, Chapters 17 (A - C) & 19 (A - C)
Broughton et al., Chapter 6
Lindsay & Knight, Chapter 5
Uso-Juan & Martinez-Flor, Section III
6&7 Chastain, Chapter 8
Brindley, Chapter 10
Carrell et al., Chapter 1
Nunan (1999), Chapter 9 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 4
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Carter & Nunan, Chapter, 3
Teaching Reading Schmitt, Chapter 13
Schellekens, Chapter 5
Brown, Chapter 18
Harmer, Chapters 14 (A & B) & 15 (A & B)
Broughton et al., Chapter 7
Lindsay & Knight, Chapter 6
Uso-Juan & Martinez-Flor, Section IV
8&9 Chastain, Chapter 9
Richards, Chapter 6
Brindley, Chapter 19
Nunan (1999), Chapter 10 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 5
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Carter & Nunan, Chapter, 4
Teaching Writing Schmitt, Chapter 14
Schellekens, Chapter 5
Brown, Chapter 19
Harmer, Chapters 17 (A - C) & 18 (A - C)
Broughton et al., Chapter 8
Lindsay & Knight, Chapter 7
Uso-Juan & Martinez-Flor, Section V
10 & 11 Nunan (1999), Chapter 4, p. 95 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 8
Carter & Nunan, Chapter, 5
Brown, Chapter 20
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Scrivener, Chapter 9
Teaching Grammar Schmitt, Chapter 2
Schellekens, Chapter 5
Schellekens, Chapter 4
Harmer, Chapters 2 (A) & 11 (A & B)
12 & 13 Nunan (1999), Chapter 4, p. 96 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 8
Carter & Nunan, Chapter, 6
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Scrivener, Chapter 7
Teaching Lexicon Schmitt, Chapter 3
Harmer, Chapter 2 (B)
14 & 15 Nunan (1999), Chapter 4, p. 101 & Nunan (2003), Chapter 6
An Introduction to the Theory & Practice of Carter & Nunan, Chapter, 8
Teaching Pronunciation Schmitt, Chapter 12
Harmer, Chapters 2 (D & E) & 13 (A & B)
Broughton et., Chapter 5

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Required Textbooks:
Brindley, S. (1994). Teaching English (2nd ed.). London: Routledge.

Broughton, G., Brumfit, Ch., Flavell, R. Hill, P., & Pincas, A. (1980). Teaching English as a foreign
language. Great Britain: T.J. Press (Padstow) Ltd.

Brown, H. D. (2001). Teaching by principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy (2nd ed.).
NY: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

Carrell, P. L., Devine, J., & Eskey, D. E. (Eds.). (1988). Interactive approaches to second language
reading. Cambridge University Press.

Carter, R., & Nunan, D. (Eds.). (2001). The Cambridge guide to teaching English to speakers of other
languages. Cambridge University Press.

Chastain, K. (1988). Developing second-language skills: Theory and practice (3rd ed.). Unites States:
Harcourt Jovanovich, Inc.

Harmer, J. (2001). The practice of English language teaching (3rd ed.). China: Pearson Education
Limited.

Lindsay, C., & Knight, P. (2006). Learning and teaching English: A course for teachers. Oxford
University Press.

Nunan, D. (Ed.). (1999). Practical English language teaching. Singapore: McGraw-


Hill/Contemporary.

Nunan, D. (2003). Second language teaching and learning. Boston, Massachusetts: Heinle & Heinle
Publishers.

Richards, J. C. (1990). The language teaching matrix. Cambridge University Press.

Schellekens, Ph. (2007). The Oxford ESOL handbook. Oxford University Press.

Schmitt, N. (Ed.). (2002). An introduction to applied linguistics. Great Britain: Arnold.

Scrivener, J. (1994). Learning teaching. Macmillan Heinemann English Language Teaching,


Oxford.

Uso-Juan, E., & Martinez-Flor, A. (2006). Current trends in the development and teaching of the four
language skills. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

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Publishers (Pte) Ltd.
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Newbury House Publishers, Inc.
Celce-Murcia, M. (Ed.). (1992). Teaching English as a second or foreign language (2nd ed.). Boston, Massachusetts:
Heinle & Heinle Publishers.
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Newbury House Publishers.
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Grelet, F. (1981). Developing reading skills: A practical guide to reading comprehension exercises. Cambridge
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Griffith, N. (2005). 100 ideas for teaching languages. Great Britain: MPG Books Ltd, Bodmin.
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Kelly, G. (2000). How to teach pronunciation. Malaysia: Pearson Education Limited.
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Pearson Education, Inc.
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Cambridge, Massachusetts: Winthrop Publishers, Inc.
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Thornbury, S. (1999). How to teach grammar. Mateu Cromo: Pearson Education Limited.
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Erlbaum Associates, Inc.