In this course, students will develop their ability to (1) read and interpret research articles on second language learning (2) critically analyze and/or develop teaching materials based on their understanding of theory.
This course focuses on the teaching method, task-based language teaching. Students will read, present, and discuss research articles that investigate the effectiveness of task-based language teaching, especially within the context of Japanese schools, and especially with relation to young learners. In the second half of the term, students will carry out a project related to analysis and/or development of teaching materials.
Johnson, K. (2008). Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching (2nd Edition). Pearson Education.
Complete the assigned readings before class, complete your assignments on time, and participate actively in class.
Attendance, participation in class, assignments and final project
１．Review of summer homework assignment ２．What is task-based language teaching? ３．Workshop: Is this a task? ４．Presentation and discussion of research articles: Does task-based language learning promote second language learning ５．Presentation and discussion of research articles: The problems with task-based language teaching ６．Workshop: Task types (Information gap, decision-making) ７．Workshop: Writing tasks, listening tasks, reading tasks ８．Workshop: Focused tasks ９．Presentation and discussion of research articles: Young language learners (1) 10．Presentation and discussion of research articles: Young language learners (2) 11．Workshop: Materials for young language learners (storybooks, songs, chants) (1) 12．Workshop: Materials for young language learners (storybooks, songs, chants) (2) 13．Project Presentations 14．Project Presentations 15．Written reports and reflections
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