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2022/2023

Didactics and Language Teaching

Type: Minor
When: 3, 4 module
Open to: students of all HSE University campuses
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5
Contact hours: 76

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course aims to build students’ awareness of the main didactic principles of teaching English as a foreign language: major methodological approaches to teaching foreign languages; syllabus design and course management; teacher’s and learners’ roles; learners’ types and specific ways to deal with them; lesson planning and classroom management; modern technologies of teaching, etc.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce students to the key concepts and terminology related to didactics, language learning and teaching.
  • To build students’ awareness about key concepts in didactics, language learning and teaching.
  • To improve communication skills within the teaching/ learning environment.
  • To develop/review basic linguistic concepts and terminology related to language teaching.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Learn key concepts related to language teaching, methodology of planning the content and the results of the learning process;
  • Raise their awareness of psychology of learners and designing tailor-made courses aimed at specific students’ needs;
  • Learn how to plan and manage the learning process;
  • Get aware of the main didactic principles of providing feedback and assessment;
  • Learn to analyse the English language for teaching purposes.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Modern trends in education. Teaching foreign languages today: the concept of life-long learning; VUKA concept; alternative education; multilinguism.
  • Classroom management
  • Teacher’ role
  • Lesson planning
  • Delivering content (didactics)
  • Curriculum design
  • Alternative education and online learning
  • Educational management and administration
  • Flipped classroom
  • Neurodidactics
  • Teaching English at tertuary level
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Tests/quizzes/homework/discussion
    (One test/quiz/discussion homework on every topic. A student should have at least 3 marks for these tasks) – 30% of the overall course mark; Students are required to use cameras during seminar classes.
  • non-blocking A mini presentation/ an essay
    In small groups – 30 % of the overall course mark; Students are required to use cameras during seminar classes.
  • non-blocking A project
    A project: students choose a topic/identify a problem. Present the outcomes in one of three possible ways: a) problem-solution, b) academic: research a topic (oral presentation); c) academic written work - 40 % of the overall course mark. Possible projects: 1. Problem-solution: Group project (up to 3 people): suggest a solution to an actual problem (e.g.: how to manage a teenage language classroom. Should be presented in a form of a talk/ poster presentation *) 2. Academic: Group project (up to 3 people): present the results of an investigation based on no less than 5-7 academic papers in a form of an academic presentation/poster presentation *) 3. Academic written work: Group or individual project (write an article based on academic sources and author’s own finding on one of topics discussed within the course/ write an article review/ a peer-review paper/ write a term paper) ** *might be presented at a student conference ** students will receive support with writing a paper assigned by one of their professors) (written)
  • non-blocking Mini-tests, quizzes, homework
    20% Tests, quizzes, homework Assessment criteria Assessment criteria vary for each task
  • non-blocking An evaluation of an academic article on one of the topics discussed within the course.
    30% Writing a course paper/an article/ a peer-review paper/other written projects Assessment criteria Assessment Criteria: • Content, quality of synthesis and quality of evaluation – 30pts • Logical organization – 20pts • Clear, accurate and appropriate academic language – 30pts • Formatting (including referencing) – 20pts
  • non-blocking A course project (exam)
    50% A project: students choose a topic/identify a problem. Present the outcomes in one of three possible ways: a) problem-solution, b) academic: research a topic (oral presentation); c) academic written work - 40 % of the overall course mark Possible projects: 1. Problem-solution: Group project (up to 3 people): suggest a solution to an actual problem (e.g.: how to manage a teenage language classroom. Should be presented in a form of a talk/ poster presentation *) 2. Academic: Group project (up to 3 people): present the results of an investigation based on no less than 5-7 academic papers in a form of an academic presentation/poster presentation *) 3. Academic written work: Group or individual project (write an article based on academic sources and author’s own finding on one of topics discussed within the course/ write an article review/ a peer-review paper/ write a term paper) ** *might be presented at a student conference ** students will receive support with writing a paper assigned by one of their professors) (written)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0 * Tests/quizzes/homework/discussion + 0.3 * An evaluation of an academic article on one of the topics discussed within the course. + 0 * A mini presentation/ an essay + 0.2 * Mini-tests, quizzes, homework + 0.5 * A course project (exam) + 0 * A project
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • How to Teach English : an introduction to the practice of English language teaching, 198 p., Harmer, J., 2001