Course Descriptions

TEFL Courses

TEFL 300 English for Language Teachers (Credits: 2)
The course surveys language teaching approaches and methods and their underlying principles, with a particular focus on the basic questions of language acquisition and affective/cultural variables that impact on second and foreign language teaching and learning. The course provides an overview of the historical development of language teaching, addresses the roles and responsibilities of the modern language teacher, and introduces the basic concepts of motivation, learning styles and strategies, learner autonomy, course evaluation and assessment, exploring how current understanding of language learning and language acquisition informs teaching practice. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 301 Introduction to TEFL Methodology (Credits: 3)
This course introduces the underlying theories and classroom practices for teaching ESL/EFL reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course highlights the nature of literacy and oral language development, beginning language skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, pronunciation), and meaning-focused language instruction. This practical course there is a focuses on developing students’ technical abilities to effectively design classroom activities that target language skills and integrate them into coherent lesson plans. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week
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TEFL 302 Teaching Language Skills (Credits: 3)
This course introduces the underlying theories and classroom practices for teaching ESL/EFL reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course highlights the nature of literacy and oral language development, beginning language skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, pronunciation), and meaning-focused language instruction. This practical course focuses on developing students’ technical abilities to effectively design classroom activities that target language skills and integrate them into coherent lesson plans. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 304 Classroom Assessment (Credits: 3)
This course will lay the foundations for the students to learn about various principles and issues regarding research methods in second or foreign language teaching and classroom research. The course will look at the various viewpoint involved in research, the issues raised by quantitative and qualitative research, how the research program is to be structured and carried out, and how to report findings. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 305 Research Methods (Credits: 3)
The purpose of this course is to consolidate the theory and practice of teaching EFL and engage students in reflective practice. This course combines face-to-face classes on topics related to practical aspects of teaching EFL classes (e.g., lesson planning, classroom management) and fieldwork experience including EFL class observations and supervised teaching
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TEFL 306 Teaching Practicum (Credits: 3)
The purpose of this course is to consolidate the theory and practice of teaching EFL and engage students in reflective practice. This course combines face-to-face classes on topics related to practical aspects of teaching EFL classes (e.g., lesson planning, classroom management) and fieldwork experience including EFL class observations and supervised teaching.
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TEFL 307 New Technologies in TEFL (Credits: 3)
With the growing interest in teaching English for specific purposes (ESP) around the world and Armenia where almost all non-English major students study English through ESP programs, it is imperative that MA TEFL graduates develop a sound knowledge of the field. This course introduces students to many areas of ESP including English for academic purposes and English for occupational purposes. The course helps students understand and apply ESP principles to serve the needs of the society. Three hours of instructor-led discussion and experiential learning per week.
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TEFL 308 English for Specific Purposes (Credits: 3)
With the growing interest in teaching English for specific purposes (ESP) around the world and Armenia where almost all non-English major students study English through ESP programs, it is imperative that MA TEFL graduates develop a sound knowledge of the field. This course introduces students to many areas of ESP including English for academic purposes and English for occupational purposes. The course helps students understand and apply ESP principles to serve the needs of the society. Three hours of instructor-led discussion and experiential learning per week.
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TEFL 309 Curriculum Design (Credits: 3)
Students enrolled in TEFL 310 will teach a group of students independently.  During that time, they will function as independent teachers and operate as the main teachers in their class.  During their Teaching Internships, MA TEFL students will: 1) Teach a group of students independently, 2) Receive supervision and support from their Faculty Mentor, 3) Benefit from class observations by their Faculty Mentor, 4) Develop supplemental teaching materials to accompany textbook, 5) Craft their own lesson plans, 6) Design their own classroom tests and quizzes, 7) Develop their own teaching materials, 8) Compile a teaching portfolio. This course does not meet face-to-face on a regular basis.
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TEFL 310 Teaching Internship (Credits: 3)
This course provides students with insights regarding both vocabulary learning research as well as best practice in vocabulary teaching. Both are supported through a corpus-linguistic approach and hands-on activities in the classroom. In addition, the course reviews current research and standards regarding vocabulary assessment. Examples and materials pertain to teaching English as a second or foreign language. Three hours of instructor-led discussion and experiential learning per week.
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TEFL 311 Vocabulary Teaching and Learning (Credits: 3)
The objective of TEFL 312 is to help students become successful test preparation teachers. The course presents key features of major English language proficiency tests and prepares students to design and teach test preparation classes. While the course introduces tips and strategies to prepare English learners for proficiency tests, the emphasis is placed on teaching the language and skills through materials and activities based on communicative language teaching principles. Fifteen instructional hours based on instructor-led discussion.
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TEFL 312 Teaching Test Preparation Courses (Credits: 2)
This course introduces students to theoretical principles and current practices of teaching and assessing learners of English starting from preschool until teenage years. The course also covers fundamentals of bi- and multi-lingual education. Practical course assignments include observations, material development, and teaching. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 314 Teaching English to Young Learners (Credits: 3)
This course promotes the development of reflective and knowledgeable professionals prepared to teach Armenian as a second or foreign language in a variety of instructional settings. Students learn to apply their linguistic and cultural knowledge of Armenian and effectively address the needs of learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The course explores current practices of teaching Armenian as a second or foreign language, helps students evaluate existing curricula and apply their pedagogical competence to develop their own materials. Fifteen instructional hours based on instructor-led discussion.
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TEFL 315 Teaching Armenian to Non-native Speakers (Credits: 1)
This course promotes the development of reflective and knowledgeable professionals prepared to teach Armenian as a second or foreign language in a variety of instructional settings. Students learn to apply their linguistic and cultural knowledge of Armenian and effectively address the needs of learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The course explores current practices of teaching Armenian as a second or foreign language, helps students evaluate existing curricula and apply their pedagogical competence to develop their own materials. Fifteen instructional hours based on instructor-led discussion.
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TEFL 320 Introduction to Language (Credits: 3)
This course studies English sentence structure – morphology, syntax, and semantics – as it relates to the teaching and testing of ‘grammar’. The students examine the sentence level grammar of English in terms of both the forms and functions of basic grammatical elements. Thus, the focus is largely on syntax and semantics, with phonological and morphological aspects of sentence level grammar considered as necessary for the fullest understanding of the structure of English. The consideration of the functions of grammatical elements requires some consideration of discourse and how grammar plays a role in creating discursive structures in longer texts. In addition, the students also learn to develop their own lesson plans and materials for teaching grammar consistent with contemporary theory and the need to focus on form within a meaning-based or communicative approach. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 321 English Grammar: Structure and Pedagogy (Credits: 3)
This course promotes an informed understanding of the relationship between knowledge, theory and practice in the field of language study as understood in Applied Linguistics. It encourages students to investigate how various ways of looking at language can influence their thinking about language teaching. The aims of this course are to: 1) Familiarize students with major issues and insights in the field; 2) Introduce students to some current topics and debates in the field; 3) Study in some depth particular articles as a way to acquaint students with particular issues and topics of potential interest to them. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 322 Seminar on Current Topics in Applied Linguistics (Credits: 3)
This course explores the various theories that scholars and researchers have put forward concerning second language acquisition, or how people learn languages. Since it is language learning that is being examined, it is important to understand what language is. Linguistics explores this question, and hence, this course draws to some extent on insights from linguistics. In addition, as people and learning have both social and psychological dimensions, the course also draws on insights from sociology and psychology. In other words, SLA is an inter-disciplinary subject that draws on all three disciplines, as well as the sub-disciplines and research areas that inter-relate them. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.
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TEFL 323 Second Language Acquisition (Credits: 3)
The role of leadership and management in the arena of English teaching has greatly expanded in the past twenty years, influenced by the growing acceptance of management principles. This development makes the topic highly relevant to MA TEFL students, some of whom will be required to manage language programs or schools. This course places emphasis on quality, efficiency, economic sustainability, accountability to stakeholders and a focus on service. Students will familiarize themselves with these principles and the matching practices. Fifteen instructional hours based on instructor-led discussion.
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TEFL 327 Leadership and Management in Language Teaching (Credits: 1)
The role of leadership and management in the arena of English teaching has greatly expanded in the past twenty years, influenced by the growing acceptance of management principles. This development makes the topic highly relevant to MA TEFL students, some of whom will be required to manage language programs or schools. This course places emphasis on quality, efficiency, economic sustainability, accountability to stakeholders and a focus on service. Students will familiarize themselves with these principles and the matching practices. Instructor-led discussion.
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TEFL 330 Endangered Languages and Biodiversity (Credits: 1)
About 70 percent of all languages currently spoken on Earth occur in approximately one-fourth of the planet’s land area (excluding Antarctica) that is designated as a Biodiversity Hotspot or High Biodiversity Wilderness Area. As is the case with species occurring in the biodiversity regions, many of the languages spoken in the Hotspots and High Biodiversity Wilderness Areas are unique to individual regions, thereby marking the sole opportunities to maintain them. Moreover, many of the languages occurring in these regions are spoken by small numbers of people indicating that much of the linguistic diversity (and, by implication, cultural diversity) currently present in biodiversity regions is in danger of disappearing in the foreseeable future due to the high vulnerability of small groups to changes in their cultural systems and environments amid rapid globalization.” From: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~romaine/lingbiodiversity.html.    Through readings, class materials and lectures, this course introduces students to Earth’s Biodiversity Hotspots and the linguistic and cultural groups that live in these hotspots.  The course is co-taught by ACE and TEFL and sensitizes students to current linguistic and biodiversity issues.
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TEFL 340 Special Topics in Applied Linguistics (Credits: 3)
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TEFL 341 Special Topics in TEFL (Credits: 3)
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TEFL 390 Independent Study in TEFL/Applied Linguistics (Credits: 3)
Students enrolled in TEFL 391 must meet with their Capstone Committee or adviser on a regular basis during the semester, to discuss their proposals and report on details about their MA capstone. Students will only meet a few times as a class. At the end of the semester, students will write a proposal for their capstone and present it in class for feedback and discussion. The course does not meet face-to-face on a regular basis.
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TEFL 391 Capstone Preparation (Credits: 3)
In this course, students will implement their capstone projects, which depending on the project, may include data collection and analysis, development and piloting of materials.. In the process, they will have a few face-to-face class sessions, meet with their Capstone Committee or adviser on a regular basis, and write an MA Thesis or MA Design Project. In addition to the written work, students will present their final capstone publicly. The course does not meet face-to-face on a regular basis.
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TEFL 392 Capstone Project (Credits: 3)
In this course, students will implement their capstone projects, which depending on the project, may include data collection and analysis, development and piloting of materials.. In the process, they will have a few face-to-face class sessions, meet with their Capstone Committee or adviser on a regular basis, and write an MA Thesis or MA Design Project. In addition to the written work, students will present their final capstone publicly. The course does not meet face-to-face on a regular basis.
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TEFL 393 Comprehensive Examinations (Credits: 3)
Students enrolled in TEFL 391 must meet with their Capstone Committee or adviser on a regular basis during the semester, to discuss their proposals and report on details about their MA capstone. Students will only meet a few times as a class. At the end o
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