This course will provide an overview of approaches to foreign language teaching and the theory and research underlying current trends. F573 has three primary objectives:

  1. To acquaint students with theory, issues, and research in foreign language teaching;
  2. To show ways of using that research to achieve more effective classroom teaching and testing;
  3. To develop students' skills in evaluating teaching performance (their own and others') and instructional materials.

Course texts will include Lee and Van Patten (1995) Making Communicative Language Teaching Happen and Lightbrown and Spada 1993) How Languages Are Learned, as well as additional readings. Class meetings will be devoted to discussion, short presentations, and demonstrations by students and instructor. A variety of assignments, short projects, and a final examination will be required. This course is required of Associate Instructors in French and is open to all interested students.