Applied Linguistics to Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
- What is linguistics?
- What is the relation between linguistics and applied linguistics? How do they differ?
- What is applied linguistics?
- When did applied linguistics develop as an independent area of study?
- What are the main areas of concern of applied linguistics?
- What will this course focus on? How is this course organised?
- What is a method?
- What are the components of a method?
- What is an approach?
- Overview of most well known methods in language teaching.
- Do methods help teachers?
- Problems with methods.
- Is there a super method?
- The formalist/structuralist trend (Bloomfield and structuralism/Chomsky and formalism).
- How has the formalist/structural theory of language affected foreign language teaching practices.
- The functionalist trend (Hymes, Halliday).
- How has functionalism affected foreign language teaching practices.
- What kinds of knowledge does a language user need to have in order to use the language effectively?
- What is competence and performance?
- What is communicative competence?
- What is declarative and procedural knowledge?
- Is competence related to performance?
- What is participatory and official knowledge?
- What is our starting point in language course design?
- What is a curriculum?
- What is a syllabus?
- Defining characteristics of syllabi.
- Organising principles of syllabi.
- International perspectives on curriculum development and the Greek case.
- The new Integrated Foreign Languages Curriculum.
- Steps in designing a course.
- Expressing objectives.
- A priori and a posteriori syllabi.
- The source of language learning theories.
- Principles of Behaviourism.
- Principles of Mentalism (Chomsky).
- Principles of Cognitivism.
- Principles of Constructivism.
- Principles of Humanism.
- Principles of Social Interactionism.
- Comprehensible input and comprehensible output.
- Variables affecting language learning (affective variables: motivation and attitudes, personality variables: Introversion/extroversion, tolerance of ambiguity, inhibition/risk taking, cognitive variables: learning styles, intelligence, learning strategies).
- Learner autonomy.
- The main principles of the communicative approach (background, goals, differences with the audiolingual method, structure of the lesson, principles of communicative activities, criticisms).
- The main principles of task based language teaching (background, task, underlying principles, the task based lesson).
- The main principles of the intercultural approach.
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