Welcome to the TESOL Program. I hope you enjoy the
courses I teach (Grammar and Second Language Acquisition). Please tell
me often what you are thinking. Your ideas and opinions will be important
for others who come in later years. The lecturers may make some adjustments
as we progress.
a) Weekly quizzes 25%; b) Assignment 25%; c) Exam 50%. There will be
one exam for each unit of the course.
Weekly Quizzes : Many
students find weekly quizzes difficult in the beginning. However, the
same students have often told me at the end of a course that the quizzes
were the best thing that happened because they were motivated to learn
constantly. By the end they had a real sense of achievement.
: You should attend all classes. The courses are based on a)
new information and b) developing new thinking skills about how
to understand the inner working of language. If you do not attend classes,
you will not obtain the necessary information, and you will not learn
the new skills needed to pass. Text books alone will not give you the
necessary skills and information. The PowerPoint slides on this site
only offer an outline, which will be expanded by extra discussion in
: The lecturer will give you some references to follow up during
the course. However, this unit is partly skills-based, so a lot
of the extra work will be about solving grammar problems and teaching
problems rather than reading. You will get some problems to solve for
homework. This is important.
: The PUFS TESOL Program is cross-credited to Masters courses
in America and elsewhere. This means that international best practice
must apply to course standards. American and British type universities
are often quite easy to enter, but difficult to remain in. That is,
American students must work very hard and many fail. We do not expect
you to fail, but you will find that you do have to work hard. Note
: cheating or copying will be penalized. The lecturer has a special
computer program which detects material copied from the Internet.
: The PUFS TESOL program is designed to train teachers. The course material
is selected especially for teachers. The lecturer will often ask you,
the "student", to explain ideas and problems. A teacher must explain
things, so you will get a lot of practice in explaining what you understand.
Here is the teacher's golden rule
: when you don't understand something, be honest about your ignorance.
No teacher and no student knows everything. Don't worry about looking
silly. "Chemyeon" (fear of losing 'face') is the enemy of good
teaching and good language learning.
The important thing is to be skillful in solving
problems : a) try to think about problems creatively; b) ask others
what they think, but don't just accept their answers blindly; and c)
practice explaining things in English whenever you can; (that
is, practice explaining anything, even how to tie a shoelace!).