Methods and Materials for TESL – TESL 601

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/29/2021

Course Description

An exploration of various methods and techniques for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to second language learners.

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


Teachers of English to second language learners need to be equipped with the approaches and methods for teaching English in the USA or overseas. Through practical application, demonstration, and discussion, students will explore major TESL methods, approaches, and materials for teaching the four skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate the theories, methods, and approaches to teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to second language learners.
  2. Develop, practice, and demonstrate materials and activities using current methods and approaches to teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to second language learners.
  3. Identify standard materials components including purpose, objectives, and pre-learning.
  4. Practice developing motivating activities and materials.

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 (6)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, students are required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. 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 at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words. Current APA format must be used for bibliographical entries and in-text citations.

Method/Approach Analysis Assignments (6)

Students will analyze several different language methodologies and approaches for the teaching of second/foreign languages. They will outline disadvantages and advantages of each one and demonstrate understanding with an applicable classroom activity to correspond with each method/approach. Each analysis must use current APA format.

Language Activity Assignments (3)

Students will develop original materials to primarily teach different attributes for each of the 5 skills (1 for reading, 1 for writing, 1 for speaking, 1 for grammar and vocabulary, and 1 for listening). Each language activity must use current APA format.

Lesson Plan Assessment Assignment

Students will design an effective lesson plan for the second/foreign language classroom, demonstrating an understanding of various teaching strategies.