Fall 2021 - EDUC 710 G031

Special Topics

Class Number: 5166

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 10:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    EDB 7505, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Roumi Ilieva
    1 778 782-4570
    Office: EDB 8663
    Office Hours: By appointment



Variable units: 3, 4, 5.


Special Topics: Approaches & Issues in Additional Language Instruction (5)

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to explore major trends and issues in second/foreign/additional language education theory and practice. Through readings, class discussions and presentations, we will focus on current understandings of different aspects of language instruction and debatable issues prominent in language teaching research. Students will also consider these questions in relation to educational contexts (and additional languages) they are familiar with.

Meeting Dates:
Sept. 8 – Dec. 7, 2021, weekly on Wednesdays

Meeting Times:
10:30 am – 3:20 pm on Wednesdays

Meeting Location:
EDB 7505


  • Develop an understanding of methodological trends in second/foreign/additional language instruction including the teaching of language skills, curriculum, assessment, and use of technology.
  • Develop an understanding of prominent current issues and debates in language teaching scholarship.
  • Develop an awareness of and analyze critically the broader sociopolitical aspects of additional language education in global contexts.


  • Written responses to course readings 15%
  • Small group discussion facilitations on course readings 20%
  • Small group presentation on a reading 15%
  • Final paper 35%
  • Active participation in class activities 15%



All required weekly readings will be made available on Canvas either for download via the SFU library or as PDF files


Readings for the weekly small group presentations will be available in the SFU library reserves or occasionally as PDF files on Canvas.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.