English 2; English Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1.-7.) MGL1034
English Teaching Methodology 2 builds on English Teaching Methodology 1 and gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of EFL teaching methods and the principles behind them. Students will be given the opportunity to evaluate many different approaches that can be used with learners in grades 1-7 to provide them with a creative learning environment.
It is expected that students use every opportunity to practice and to use their English throughout the course.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education and Sports Science
At the end of the course the student will have knowledge of:
The historical development of English language methods and didactics in Norway and how it affects the culture of EFL teaching currently seen in schools.
How teachers can support learner autonomy and use of learning strategies, both inside and outside the language classroom, to support pupils' development of learning to learn skills.
How the four skills of English (speaking, listening, reading, writing) and the Basic skills (as defined in the current curriculum), can be taught in an integrated creative manner which learners may find meaningful.
How cultural competence can be enhanced by the use of approaches such as drama, CLIL and storytelling.
Assessment, evaluation and feedback practices which are suitable for grades 1-7 and which will support language development.
How 'lesson study' can be used to build a deeper knowledge of pupil learning in relation to a lesson plan.
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
Plan, teach and critically evaluate their language lessons as meeting the requirements of all their students' affective and academic needs using Lesson study as a tool for research.
Integrate the four EFL skills and the Basic skills (from the current curriculum) in meaningful lessons that support the development of learners EFL language skills.
Plan and teach in ways that support learner autonomy and the use of learning strategies to encourage learners' efficacy when learning EFL.
Build assessment, evaluation and feedback methods, together with learners where appropriate, in a way that supports language learning.
Be able to design, undertake and evaluate a lesson study project in order to build better understanding of learning processes amongst their practice classes.
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
Reflect over and be able to self-assess their learning and classroom practices in relation to the ethical, organisational and multifarious requirements of teaching English.
Work individually and together with other students in the identification and possible solutions posed by the challenges of the language classroom.
Teach English as a school subject in a way that is suitable for all the learners under their care.
The main focus for students this semester will be the deepening of their knowledge and skills about pupil learning of EFL through the use of lesson study. Throughout the semester, students will work on their lesson study project both cooperatively and independently. This will form the main evaluation form for this semester with separate grades being awarded for the group (Part 1) and the individual assignment (Part 2) of the lesson study.
Required prerequisite knowledge
One of the following alternatives: GLU1032 English 1; English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 1.-7., GLU1033 English 1; Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1-7) MGL1032 English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 1.-7., MGL1033 English 1 - Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1-7) GLD1032 English 1; English Language, Culture and Literature and teaching methodology, semester 1 - grades 1-7, GLD1033 English Language, Culture and Literature and teaching methodology semester 2
The student should have taken English Teaching Methodology 1 or a similar course from another tertiary establishment in order to be accepted onto English Teaching Methodology 2.
Students should have studied and be approaching the C1 level in the written English and be at C1 in their listening, speaking and reading abilities.
Eksamen / vurdering
Lesson study, Part 1 group written introducion and planning report, Part 2 individual report and reflection
Group written intrroduction and planning lesson study report (part 1)
A - F
Individual lesson study report and reflection
A - F
A lesson study project to include both group and individual reports. Students will receive both a group grade for Part 1 and an individual grade for Part 2. Grades will be awarded from A-E & F with A-E for pass and F as fail. Academic language use, layout and content will be evaluated using criteria adapted from the CEFR scale. This will be made available on Canvas.Information about the lesson study project:The lesson study project will start with the detailed planning of a research lesson where both the curriculum aim/s and the students' own research aim/s are taken into consideration. It is important that this planning is based on sound theoretical principles and that the students can argue why they have chosen to teach the lesson in that way. Students should also be able to predict before the lesson is taught how they think the learners will react to their plan and how they will be able to observe if/ what learning has occurred. Any students who join the course and who may have completed their obligatory practice must arrange to join a practice group during the Lesson study project.The Lesson study (LS) cycle:
• Students should visit their mentor at the practice school before starting their LS planning in order to do a 'needs analysis'.
• Initial research and the draft plan will then be discussed at the practice teacher meeting two weeks before school practice.
• The final plan will be further discussed in a supervision session before it is taught
• After teaching the lesson, students will interview their learners and then review the lesson together with their practice teacher.
• The lesson will then be "improved", if necessary and then retaught in another class and a final supervision will take place.
• The students will complete their group report (part 1) which will include the early planning of the Lesson study process (word total 4500 +/- 10% + lesson plan) before practice.
• Due to the requirement of the FOU assignment students will report and discuss individually (Part 2), the results of their observations, interviews and any other data they have collected. This will include both a general discussion of their data but also an in-depth review of one element of pupil learning in their project. They will also include a final reflective conclusion on their own learning outcomes (word total 3500 +/- 10%). It is expected that when writing the FOU assignment (Part 2) students in the group will discuss their results from different angles, returning to and adding, when necessary, additional literature
All parts must be passed to get a final grade.
Students must have completed 2/3rds and/or passed their practice period (15 days) in order to be able to be examined.
English is a communicative, wide ranging and dynamic subject that is best learned in an environment, which encourages socio-constructive learning. Students, together with their teacher will need to discuss and argue critically all subject areas. These discussions are not only important for the building of knowledge in the students but in their practice and development of their own language abilities. It is, therefore, assumed that students will make every effort to attend all lectures and seminars. If, however, they are unable to do so then a minimum of 70% attendance will be required for qualification. Students may be asked to cover any topics missed by completing additional course work requirements.
Three short summaries will be made by the lesson study group after each lesson study supervision and uploaded by each group onto Canvas.
A group presentation of the lesson study projects will be made after practice - all student members of the group will be expected to have equal responsibility for this presentation.
These must be approved before the students can be examined. Students who have one or more assignments not approved at first submission, will be given one more submission opportunity in a new and improved version.
Deborah Lynn Sorton Larssen
Hanne Elise Pollack
Kitty Marie Garborg
Method of work
This course will utilise a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion and demonstration. The aim of this course is to give all students from both MGL 1 & 2 the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the principles and practices of English language teaching and learning. Much of this content is not age-specific and for that reason topics will be presented to both groups at the same lecture/ workshop/ demonstration. However, opportunities for contextualisation for grades 1-4 &/or 5-7 and discussion at a deeper level will occur throughout all group work, examination & obligatory assignments.
Suggested division of work:
Lectures & preparation for lectures: 33hrs + 33hrs = 66hrs
Seminar groups & preparation: 22hrs + 22hrs = 44hrs
Student evaluation of all courses plays a central role in the quality assurance system at UiS. At IGIS this takes place in two ways: through student evaluation at the beginning and at the end of the course. The Faculty of Arts and Education has responsibility for this and has designed evaluation tools for the purpose.