Approaches/Methods and Techniques in Language Teaching

This course examines the linguistic, sociolinguistic and ideological perspectives involved in the paradigm shifts made in language teaching and learning. It reviews the theoretical underpinnings and developments in Second Language Teaching (SLT) as it presents historically the different approaches, methods, strategies and techniques. It brings out current practices in language classrooms and presents alternative ways of teaching language in specific contexts. It further presents language issues and trends that help explain natural phenomena in SLT. The course also engages the students in an active application of the theories and ideas in second language teaching through the construction and demonstration of language lessons that will respond to the language development and language needs of the learners. The demonstrations culminate with the self, peer and instructor feedback and evaluations.