March 26, 2013

Maymester Linguistics Course to Provide Foundation for Teaching English Abroad

Instructor Dieter Bruhn in Costa Rica.

Have you considered living overseas and teaching English? In the Maymester course Applied English Language Teaching Techniques, LING 3800, section 570, participants will gain a strong foundation in methods for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

This hands-on course is for those who are interested in gaining credential to teach English abroad. The three-credit course is offered during Maymester, May 13-May 31, Monday-Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m.

The basics of second language acquisition and English grammar will be covered, but the core of the course will focus on dynamic, creative, and interactive teaching techniques.  Topics will include: teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation, as well as classroom management, board techniques, icebreakers, language games, improv and theater techniques, movie clips, songs, chants, and rhythm, stress, and intonation patterns. In addition, there will be a foreign language component in which participants will be placed into the role of beginning language learners and participate in several lessons involving an unknown foreign language in order to gain deeper insights into both learning and teaching.  Moreover, the course will include a practicum, which will give participants the opportunity to assist and teach lessons in authentic ESL classes.

Dieter Bruhn is the course instructor. Bruhn has 20-plus years of experience in teaching, training, management, cross-cultural learning, curriculum development, and instructional design. In addition, Bruhn has taught English programs all over the world, including Germany, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, and he has been involved in call center training projects in India, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Mexico.

“Teaching abroad is a wonderful way to experience a different culture while doing something meaningful and rewarding,” Bruhn said. “There is a great deal to be learned through living and working in a different country, and you can gain skills that are invaluable to your future.”

Tuition for Applied English Language Teaching Techniques is $1,074. CU-Boulder students can register via MyCUInfo. Non-students should download and fill out the Registration Form. The form includes registration instructions.

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