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ELI 391/ELI 591: Topics in ESL: Fundamentals in Teaching English as a Second Language Internationally

Fundamentals in Teaching English as a Second Language Internationally 

This course prepares students to go abroad and teach English as a Second/Foreign Language. It introduces participants to the basics of classroom methodologies and best practices in ESL pedagogy. Participants learn how to develop appropriate materials and resources for an engaging and interactive communicative classroom, and how to employ these materials in various cultural contexts. Course work includes:

  • Reading assignments
  • Reflective discussions
  • Lesson development
  • Mini-presentations of lessons with peer and instructor feedback
  • Foreign language classroom observations and reflections
  • Final Lesson plan and project

Note: ELI 591 (for Master’s-Level Students) requires instructor permission and includes an additional research paper on a situated classroom topic.

(3 credits)

Praveen Loganathan

Praveen, a recent graduate of the Ross Business School, shares how ELI 391 not only prepared him for the Peace Corps, but also helped him learn more about himself.

Naruka Yoshino 

Naruka, who earned her B.A. in 2016 from the College of LSA, discusses how taking ELI 391 prepared her to teach English as a Second Language abroad.