Fall 2020 - LING 362 D100

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

Class Number: 2476

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM

  • 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.

This course will be delivered remotely through a combination of synchronous (live or in real time) and asynchronous (recorded or self-paced) instruction. Students will spend about 1.5 hours on self-learning (asynchronous mode) before attending the live lecture (1.5 hours) and the total learning hours is approximately 3 hours. For asynchronous learning, students only need to have access to the internet while for live lectures, they only need a computer with good internet connection as well as a built-in camera that allows them to participate in online group discussions.
Instruction takes place through pre-recorded lectures and all materials available on Canvas, but there are also online meetings for which participation is mandatory.

This course will have a Reading Break during the week of October 12 (Thanksgiving week).There will be no synchronous (in real time) classes or tutorials, recordings, exams, or assignments due this week.


  • There are 3 major assessments in this course:
  • In-class work 20%
  • Mini-Literature Review:
  • o First draft 10%
  • o Final version 20%
  • Group Project:
  • o sample lesson plan 10%
  • o micro-teaching demo 20%
  • o sample teaching materials 20%


It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

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.


Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M. and Snow, M. A. (Eds). (2014). Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. (4th Ed.) National Geographic Learning, HEINLE CENGAGE Learning. Boston: USA


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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).