Issues and Practices in TES/FL – TESL 405

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This is a course in classroom practices in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, focusing on: assessment; error analysis; interlanguage; and teaching in the four language areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing for a broad variety of TES/FL contexts, as well as on global context issues which inform these practices.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is being offered in order to provide the student with an introductory knowledge of the principles associated with teaching English language skills and systems. To some degree, varying learner needs, motivations, and backgrounds dictate practices and approaches for the teaching of language skills and systems in the classroom. This course will explore these intricacies and how an English language teacher might utilize resources to meet these student needs.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must meet the word count requirement given in the instructions and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the initial post/thread, the student will be required to read several classmates’ threads, select 2, and respond with replies that meet the word count requirement. (CLO: A, B, C)

Written Assignments (6)

The student will compose assignments that focus on the given topics related to the assigned module skill and system emphasis. The student will be given prompts and must follow the requirements in the Written Assignment Instructions. Required word count will be met. (CLO: A, B)

The student will compose two written reflections, one in the beginning of the course and the other at the end, which will provide opportunity to articulate an understanding of one's own personal attributes and the role of communication in ESL/FL teaching. (CLO: A, B, C).

Quiz: Email

The student will be required to write one 75–100-word email containing specific feedback during the writing-skills Module: Week in addition to answer a question relating to the course.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain multiple-choice and/or true/false questions and/or short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A, B, C)