Fall 2022 - EDUC 824 G001

Seminar in Second Language Teaching (5)

Class Number: 3431

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 4:30 PM – 9:20 PM
    EDB 8620.1, Burnaby



Major trends in English as an additional language education theory and practice, current understandings of different aspects of language instruction and debatable issues prominent in teaching English as an additional language (TEAL) research.


The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity to explore major trends and issues in English as an additional language education theory and practice. Through readings, class facilitations and discussions, and oral presentations, we will focus on current understandings of different aspects of language instruction and debatable issues prominent in TESL/TEFL/TEIL research. Special emphasis will be given to situating the field of TEAL in its sociopolitical contexts. Students will consider course topics in relation to educational contexts they are familiar with.


Develop an understanding of relevant theoretical and methodological perspectives and issues prominent in the field of TEAL

Develop an awareness of the broader sociopolitical contexts that impact language teaching

Critically evaluate and respond to relevant course literature and identify implications for practice

Explore one’s own approaches and attitudes to language instruction


  • Responses to course readings 15%
  • Discussion facilitation on a reading selected by student 20%
  • Presentation on a course reading 15%
  • Final paper 40%
  • Active participation in class activities 10%



There are no required texts for this course. Most readings will be available on line through the SFU library and some will be made available as PDF files on the course Canvas site.


Alsagoff, L., McKay, S., Hu, G., Renandya, W. (2012). Principles and Practices for Teaching English as an International Language. New York: Routledge.

Chapters from this book, available online through the SFU library, will be used in most, but not all student presentations.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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