Teaching English as a Foreign Language


Instructor: Doris (Yu-Chih) Shih                                e-mail: dshih@mails.fju.edu.tw

Office: SF228                                                           Phone: (O) 2903-1111 ext. 3821

Spring 2004, Weds. 10:10-12:00                                        (c) 0922-338-661

Credits: 2 credits                                                      Office hrs: Mon. 12:30-13:30

                                                                                                      Tues. 16:40-17:30

The contents of this syllabus are subject to change                 Wed. 12:30 ¡V 15:30


This course deals with review of contemporary research and approaches applied to material development and instructional design for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instruction. The content of the course will be presented through various ways: presentations given by the instructor, in-class and online discussions, student presentations, and individual and group assignments. These methods will stimulate students to think about issues discussed in the research and also develop materials and instruction for teaching EFL. In addition to the textbooks, we will also use some online resources as learning materials. Lesson plans and instructional materials produced by students for the in-class presentations will be uploaded into the online environment for others to access.


Course Goals:

This course enables you as students to:

1.  become knowledgeable of contemporary research in ESL teaching and learning.

2.  realize successful second language learning depends on multiple factors, such as cultural, emotional, and cognitive factors.

3.  apply different approaches in developing ESL instruction.

4.  become familiarize with the use of different technologies with ESL material development and instructional design.


Texts required:

Richards, Jack C. & Rodgers, T. S. (2003). Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. 2nd. Ed. NY: Cambridge University Press.  



Brown, H. D. (2001). Teaching by principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy (2nd ed.). White Plains, NY: Longman.

Chapelle, C. A. (2000). Is network-based learning CALL? In M. Warschauer and R. Kern (Eds.), Network-based language teaching: Concepts and practice (pp. 204-228). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Harmer, J. (1998). How to teach English. Essex, England: Longman.

Herrell A. L. (2000). Fifty strategies for teaching English language learners. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Krashen, S. D. (1995). Principles and practice in second language acquisition. New York: Prentice Hall.

Larsen-Freeman, D. (2000). Techniques and principles in language teaching. 2nd ed. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.


Grading Policy:

1. Participation (activities in class)


2. Attendance (see explanation below)


3. A presentation and paper on workstation-type of learning in ESL classrooms (include lesson plans & a floor plan*)


4. A presentation on instructional material development and events of one lesson


5. Present & discuss more approaches/methods (& a paper)



Attendance and Punctuality

Please come to class each time and on time. This is respect to yourself and your classmates. Each unexcused absence will result a 3% deduction from the final grade. If you are or will be absent for medical or personal reasons, please inform me in advance and show evidence (e.g. medical excuse notes). According to the university regulation, more than two unexcused absences or six excused absences result a failed grade for the course. I will provide a sign-in sheet for you to sign your name. Please do not sign for other people. I will be checking the handwritings.



Plagiarism is forbidden. You must obey the principles of academic integrity. Please respect other people¡¦s work. If you quote or refer to certain people¡¦s work, remember to give credit to the author(s). A plagiarized product will result in a 0% of your assignment.


Design of Workstations and Final Teaching

Descriptions and samples will be shown in class. Workstations are for midterm and teaching a mini-lesson for final.