Assessment overview Assessment Item Due Date of Assignments Weighting Presentation two weeks after 40% and discussion your presentation Participation throughout the 10% semester Essay Friday 18th May 50%
Two or three discussions each week.
Presentation of article - 25 marks
discussion - 15 marks
Breadth / depth of reading
Understanding of theories and /or issues
Success in getting a discussion going in the group
Assessment - Essay Length: Approx. 2,500 words. Choose one of the following topics: 1. Referring to the literature as well as to your own experience as a language teacher and/or learner, discuss the key principles that you feel are important for developing listening or reading skills (choose one skill only). Explain how these key principles can be applied in the classroom. 2. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of two different approaches to language teaching with a particular group of language learners and context in mind. 3. Referring to recent literature discuss how the Internet can be used as a teaching and learning tool. You will need to choose a specific area for this essay, for example, The Use of Web2 technologies in Language Teaching. Essay titles for this question need to be negotiated with the lecturer in charge.
Assessment - Participation Participation in class discussions It is expected that students will participate actively in class discussions. Participation will be evaluated through using the following criteria: • being prepared for discussions. i.e. reading articles before student presentations; • actively listening to others; • respecting the ideas of others; • willingness to contribute; • progress in class participation for those experiencing initial difficulties; • ability to relate new knowledge to previous knowledge; • ability to evaluate and judge material; • ability to be articulate and concise; • ability to present coherent arguments.
Is language Teaching a Profession?
Definitions of professionalism How does professionalism relate to TESOL practitioners?
2. Criteria for a profession and problematic aspects of these
Advanced Education and Training
Standards of Practice and Certification
A disciplinary base
Advocacy / Influence
Do you see some of the problematic aspects of the criteria
being relevant to you? Discuss in groups of three.
What was the point in mentioning the anecdote at the
beginning of the article?
TESOL Standards for TESOL Practitioners
1. Introductions and getting to know each other.
2. Discussion or article and questions.
3. Deciding who and when for presentations each week.
Reading for this week: Is language teaching a profession?