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SPAN 4700. Teaching Modern Languages. 3 Hours.

Designed for students intending to teach foreign/modern languages in primary or secondary schools. Teaching methods course that includes a wide variety of approaches to and methods of teaching language, including alternative methods and traditional dichotomies such as explicit versus implicit language instruction, grammar versus communication, and foreign language versus mother tongue. Examines concepts of language awareness, language learning reflection, and learner autonomy as indicators of a shift in language teaching towards learner-centered approaches. Discusses the implications of concerns about standards, assessment, and continuing professional development. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. FA.