Fall 2019 - LING 362 D100

Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (3)

Class Number: 1542

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Fri, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Dr. Claudia Wong
  • Prerequisites:

    LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.



Application of linguistic principles to the teaching of English as a second language.


This course will provide students with fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adult learners. Students will be given opportunities to plan, develop and teach for a demo class. The course comprises lectures, in-class discussions, group activities, presentations and micro-teaching demos. Authentic teaching materials as well as different pedagogies adopted in different contexts will be illustrated and discussed.

Regardless of your career goals, this course welcomes any students who are keen to understand more about teaching and learning a second language. By taking the course, students will be able to develop their academic communication skills which are essential for their studies at SFU. They can also enhance their academic and general English proficiency through collaborative learning and getting feedback from their instructor and peers.  


  • In-class work 20%
  • Mini-Literature Review 20%
  • Group Project (see below):
  • Sample lesson plan 10%
  • Presentation video 15%
  • Micro-teaching demo (video-recorded by instructor) 20%
  • Sample teaching materials 15%


Students will be assessed continuously throughout the semester with assessment deadlines fall on different weeks. The course places similar emphases on theoretical as well as pedagogical aspects of ESL and this will be reflected through the weightage of the assessments. There is also a balance between individual work and group work as teachers will work individually and as a team in reality. Active participation will be crucial to succeed in the course.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.  

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



There is no textbook for this course. Required readings will be posted on Canvas. A list of recommended books or articles will be provided, and students will have access to them in the library.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html