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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2006

SPN 398T • Supervised Teaching

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49310 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

The primary purpose of this course is to help new Teaching Assistants (TAs) gain confidence and expertise as classroom instructors. This goal will be accomplished in this course in several ways: * acquire knowledge about teaching approaches and methods by reading the required text, supplemented by articles in the FL pedagogy and second language acquisition field (these articles will be on reserve); * develop teaching materials for the classroom which are informed by theory and research in second language acquisition; * develop skills in critical analysis of pedagogical approaches through one-page commentaries (summary plus analysis) of four pedagogical articles, chosen from the list of works on reserve; * get feedback on your own teaching from a class observation by the professor, followed by a meeting with her; * sharpen observation skills through self-analysis of videotaped classes and analyses of the classes of others; and * reflect on your own teaching philosophy and practices by preparing a teaching portfolio that contains artifacts related to teaching and your reflections about them.

Grading Policy

Credit/Non-credit; 3 exams, weekly homework assignments based on the readings, reflections on readings, teaching observation by professor, self, and peers, final teaching portfolio.


*Lee, J.F. & VanPatten, B. (2003) Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2nd Edition. *Additional readings placed on reserve in the library: these articles present information different from or in addition to that in the Lee & VanPatten text. Some of them are research articles, which describe studies that were carried out to answer questions about how languages are learned or which teaching techniques or materials seem to be most effective.


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