Introduction to TESL – TESL 600

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An overview of the history, philosophies, & current trends of second language research. Students will explore the multiple fields of study that comprise TESL, including education, linguistics, psychology, and cultural anthropology, all from a Christian worldview.




Anyone venturing into a particular field of study will benefit from understanding its origins. Students interested in TESL will gain a better perspective if they acquire the history and philosophies that underlie TESL. Students will also gain a better perspective on the current trends and research interests in the field of TESL by examining its history and emerging research.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the major approaches and methods to second language teaching.
  2. Describe the history and evolution of second language teaching and learning philosophies.
  3. Explore current research trends in second language acquisition, learning & teaching.
  4. Investigate and explain how emerging technologies are impacting TESL.
  5. Evaluate how theories of language development and learning reflect a Christian worldview.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, students are required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge and graduate-level writing with regard to content and style. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words. Current APA must be used for bibliographical entries and in-text citations.

Article Critique (3)

The student will explore different topics and analyze research for a greater understanding of second language acquisition, teaching, and research. Each critique must be 2–3 pages, and use current APA format.

Methods Presentation

Students will compare, contrast, and explain given second language teaching methods in a methods presentation using PPT or a similar software. This presentation must contain 15–20 slides, and a total of 10 sources.

Second Language Learning Research Paper

The student will research and write a 10–15-page paper that focuses on a facet of language that interests him/her. This paper must contain at least 15 scholarly sources and use current APA format.