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iStudy TESL/IE 542:
Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language

University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Michael Raines

Instructor name:
Michael C. Raines, Ph.D. Instructional Assistant Professor of TESL and IEP

Instructor Information:
I am a second language (L2) phonologist and applied linguist. I study why people have a non- native accent in their foreign/second language and then, try to understand how best to apply teaching methods etc. to reduce their accent. I specifically focus on the use of linguistic pitch (e.g., stress, tone, pitch accent as opposed to vowels and consonants) and work with English, Japanese and tone languages (e.g., Thai, Mandarin). Although my research focuses on L2 phonology and pronunciation teaching, I also teach methods of teaching English as a second/foreign language, second language acquisition and phonology courses.

I have been interested in language since my childhood having grown up with one parent who is a speaker of English as a second language and having lived as an Air Force brat in many places (all over the US and abroad). I have been an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher for roughly a decade in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Morocco, and an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Indiana University in both the Intensive English Program (non- matriculated students) and English Language Improvement Program (matriculated students) for about a decade. I have taught every type of learner from young children to retirees and all those between in both public and private schools. I have also taught a large variety of courses, including both oracy and literacy courses. And I have taught Japanese as a Foreign Language (JFL) at the university level.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This course examines Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). We look at a variety of techniques, methods, approaches, teaching principles, issues and Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theories. This is a hands-on course, and so we attempt to apply such knowledge to teaching practices covering the various language skills, numerous situations (e.g., monolingual, multilingual), proficiency levels, etc. The ultimate goal is to enhance our teaching skills based on principles and to become reflective language teachers.

Textbook Information:


Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M., & Snow, M. A. (Eds.), (2014). Teaching English as a second or foreign language (4th edition). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

ISBN-13: 978-1111351694 ISBN-10: 1111351694

* Additional articles may be assigned and will be available on Blackboard.

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Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 12 instructional lessons.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

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You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz


Introduction to TESL and TESL course; Methods/Approaches, CLT, teaching principles (Chapters 1-3)

Questions 1-3, Journal entry on 1-3, Video introduction


Syllabus and curriculum design; World Englishes (Chapters 4-5)

Questions 4-5, Journal entry on 4-5, Student learning outcomes ( SLOs)


Listening (Chapters 6-7)

Questions 6-7, Journal entry 6-7, Observation report 1


Speaking (Chapters 8-10)

Questions 8-10, Journal entry on 8-10, SLO oracy skills


Reading (Chapters 11-13)

Questions 11-13, Journal entry on 11-13, Article summary 1


Writing (Chapters 14-16)

Questions 14-16, Journal entry on 14-16, SLO literacy skills, Paper project outline


Grammar and Vocbulary (Chapters 17-19)



Assessing the Language Skills (Chapters 20-21)

Questions 20-21, Journal entry on 20-21


Covers chapters 1-21 (Be sure to complete all work prior to this exam before proceeding in the course.)

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


Skills for Teachers 1 (Chapters 22-23)

Questions 22-23, Journal entry on 22-23, Assessment tool, Lesson Plan, Paper project roughdraft


Skills for Teachers 2 (Chapters 24-26)

Questions 24-26, Journal entry on 24-26, Textbook evaluation, Article summary 3


Integrated Approaches 1 (Chapters 27-29)

Journal entry on 27-29


Integrated Approaches 2 (Chapters 30-32)

Journal entry on 30-32, Article summary 4


Focus on the Learner (Chapters 33-36)

Integrated Approaches 1 (Chapters 27-29)


Focus on the Teacher (Chapters 37-40)

Journal entry on 37-40, Teaching philosophy, Paper project final draft

Final Exam

Final course exam (Be sure all work is completed and graded prior to this exam.)

To be scheduled
and completed


The course will not make use of the +/- designations. The grading scale is
A 88-100
B 78-87
C 68-77
D 58-67

Grading Information
Geography test: 15%
Unit Quizzes: 25% (each quiz is worth approximately 1.5% of overall grade)
Outside reading quiz: 10%
Exam 1: 25%
Exam 2: 25%
Total = 100%

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