First meeting: 11th October, 2018
Please note that if you do not come to the first meeting, you run the risk of losing your place.
Focus on Form (FonF) was proposed by Long & Robinson (1998) in an attempt to integrate explicit language instruction into mainstream communicative language teaching. Originally, FonF seeks to address language issues when students have comprehension or production problems in a meaning-based activity. Thus FonF embraces the principle of authentic communication and learner-centeredness favoured in communicative language teaching. However, FonF is not limited to grammatical forms but encompasses lexical and phonetic issues as well. In addition, FonF can also be realized in a pre-planned, proactive manner. In this course, we will explore approaches for implementing FonF in this broader understanding of the concept. The aim of the course is to equip future EFL teachers with language awareness as well as a broad range of instructional procedures that meet the needs of EFL classes with an ever increasing range of aptitude and skill levels.
Long, M. H. / Robinson, P. (1998). "Focus on form: Theory, research and practice". In: Doughty, C. J. / Williams, J. (eds.). Focus on form in second language acquisition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Ellis, Rod (2016). Anniversary Article Focus on Form: A critical review. Language Teaching Research 20 (3), 405-428.
Fotos, Sandra / Nassaji, Hossein (2011). Teaching Grammar in Second Language Classrooms. Integrating Form-Focused Instruction in Communicative Context. New York: Routledge.
Please register via WUSEL between 20.08.2018 to 02.09.2018.
Registrations before or after this time will not be considered.
Pre-session readings, active participation in plenary discussions and group work, planning and design of student led input & discussion.
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