BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

EDUC-280 - Methods in Second Language Teaching - 3.00 Credits

EDUC-280 - Methods in Second Language Teaching - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
Methods in Second Language Teaching is designed to introduce students to eight major language teaching approaches and methodologies. Each of the approaches and/or methods will be demonstrated through structured observations, multimedia presentations, and/or through student-to-student microteaching. The course will focus on the unique challenges of Aboriginal community language programming.
Part of the:
  • CAREER TRAINING (EDUCATION) Department
  • Prerequisites : EDUC 270,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  • utilize eight major language teaching approaches or methods;
  • understand the underlying theories of major 20th century language teaching methods and of classroom techniques each approach employs;
  • compare and analyze the methods and approaches within the scope of aboriginal community needs;
  • perform a micro-teaching of at least one language approach or method; and
  • apply a wide variety of options and support available for second language teaching and understand how to utilize a variety of support mechanisms.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Asher, James J. (1993). Learning another language through actions. Sky Oaks.
  • Ignace, Marianne. Handbook for Aboriginal language program planning in BC.
  • Richards, Jack and Rodgers, Theodore S. Approaches and methods in language teaching.
  • Other Resources:
  • Jerald, Michael and Clark, Raymond. Experiential language teaching techniques: Pro lingua.
  • Klippel, Freiderike. (1984). Keep talking: Communicative fluency activities for language teaching. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: This course is intended for the following individuals:
  • Current FN language teachers who are fluent speakers.
  • Certified teachers sufficiently fluent to complete oral course work in the native language being taught.
  • Classroom teachers partnered with language teachers sufficiently fluent to complete oral course work in the native language being taught.
  • Current B.Ed. student (minimum of third year standing) working toward becoming a language teacher sufficiently fluent to complete oral course work in the native language being taught.


  • Education Council approved November 2006.