Summer 2021 - LING 362 D100

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

Class Number: 1896

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • 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.


In this course, students will examine their prior knowledge of Linguistics in the pragmatic context of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) practice. This course will provide students with fundamental theoretical and practical knowledge in TESL to adult learners. Students will be given opportunities to plan, develop and tech a demo ESL lesson. The course will consist of lectures, in-class discussions, group activities, presentations and micro-teaching demos. Authentic teaching materials as well as various pedagogies adopted in different contexts will be illustrated and discussed.

Although the course will focus on the concepts of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)(i.e., learning and teaching English in an Anglophone context), the ideas will flexibly be applied to discussions of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as an Additional Language (EAL).

This course will be delivered remotely through a combination of synchronous (i.e., online live sessions via Zoom) and asynchronous (i.e., self-paced tasks on Canvas) modes of instruction. Each week, students will engage with guided learning tasks on Canvas (asynchronous mode/2 hours), and attend the live session (synchronous/1 hour). For the asynchronous learning, students need a computer with access to the internet, while for the live sessions, they need a computer with good Internet connection as well as a web camera and the audio setting that allow them to participate in online live group discussions.


  • In-class work 20%
  • Mini-Literature Review: First draft 10%
  • Mini-Literature Review: Final version 20%
  • Group Project: Lesson Plan 10%
  • Group Project: Micro-teaching demo 20%
  • Group Project: Teaching materials 20%


No final exam.

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.

This course is intended specifically for students interested in TESL. It is not recommended for students focusing on other areas. 30% of the seats are reserved for TESL Certificate approved program students. This reserve remains in effect until March 28, 2021. After this date, any unfilled reserved spaces will become available to any Linguistics program student meeting the prerequisite. 

LING 360 would be helpful, but is not mandatory. However, you MUST have an excellent command of spoken and written English as these communication skills will be evaluated extensively in this course.

This course has an auto wait-list until the end of the first week of classes.



There is no textbook for this course. Required readings will be posted on Canvas. Students may need to refer to a standard introductory textbook to Linguistics.


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

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

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.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).