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Peter Hess, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Fall 2009

GER 398T • Supervised Teaching in German

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38535 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BUR 337

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to some theories of second language acquisition (SLA) and foreign language (L2) teaching approaches to help prepare you for teaching German in the classroom. This course should help you develop practical skills to use in everyday teaching and an understanding of why certain approaches to teaching might work better than other in different L2 learning contexts. We will discuss topics such as communicative L2 teaching and learning, SLA theories, traditional and alternative ways of language assessment, cognitive, personal and situational variables affecting SLA outcomes, the role of grammar teaching in a communicative FL classroom, situating culture in L2 pedagogy, among other issues. In order to get the most out of this course, it is essential that you read the assigned chapters thoroughly, and participate actively during in-class discussions. Rarely will there be lectures; instead, your readings, experiences, materials and other written homework will provide most of the content for the course. You will have to evaluate your own and other's teaching in the framework of communicative L2 pedagogy. What you learn in this course is closely related to your classroom teaching.

Grading Policy

Class participation & Web-discussions 20% Observation reports 10% Presentation of teaching approach / method 10% Presentation of current pedagogical article 10% Written examination (mid-term and final exams) 20% Teaching portfolio (teaching philosophy, lesson plans, teaching materials & self-review video) 30%


Omaggio-Hadley, Alice. 2000. Teaching Language in Context. (3 rd edition). Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle. Supplementary readings available from course Blackboard website


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