Chris Douloff

Courses

I teach the following courses in the MA TESOL program at the International Graduate School of English. They exemplify the ways I arrange and present course content and use educational technology tools (e.g., Flipboard, Padlet, Quill) in both my face-to-face and blended course offerings for adult second language learners of English.


Skills Courses

Genre Writing

This first-semester course is an introduction to the principles of “good writing” and how professional writers achieve it. Genre Writing (GW) takes a genre-based approach to writing, so you will learn how to compose short but complex texts for different audiences and purposes and within different genres.

GW is made up of four modules, and we will spend three weeks (two 2-hour classes per week) each module examining the organization and language features of a particular genre (e.g., autobiographical narrative). In each module you will learn what makes the text effective before creating your own. You will analyze models (both purpose-made and authentic), learn specific writing skills and editing techniques, and practice using a range of language forms related to the genre. Pre-class homework should be anticipated, and group work will be the norm during class.

GW has been specially designed for intermediate (B1–B2) English language learners and to better prepare EFL teachers and materials developers to meet these three professional writing demands:

  1. adapting coursebook reading passages for more effective classroom use.
  2. creating reading passages from scratch (e.g., for use in self-designed materials).
  3. evaluating and editing reading passages and providing feedback to authors (e.g., in the role of “editor” or “project manager” in a publishing company)

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Academic Writing

This second-semester course is an introduction to the principles and patterns of academic discourse. Academic Writing (AW) takes a process genre-based approach to writing, so you will learn how to compose short but complex texts for different audiences and purposes and within different genres. Over the semester you will learn how to draft, revise, and edit your writing and evaluate the writing of others.

AW is made up of four modules, and we will spend three weeks (two 2-hour classes per week) each module examining the organization and language features of a particular genre (e.g., academic essay). In each module you will learn what makes the text effective before creating your own. You will analyze models (both purpose-made and authentic), learn specific writing skills and editing techniques, and practice using a range of language forms related to the genre. Pre-class homework should be anticipated, and group work will be the norm during class.

AW has been specially designed for intermediate (B1–B2) English language learners and to better prepare EFL teachers and materials developers to meet these three professional writing demands:

  1. adapting coursebook reading passages for more effective classroom use.
  2. creating reading passages from scratch (e.g., for use in self-designed materials).
  3. evaluating and editing reading passages and providing feedback to authors (e.g., in the role of “editor” or “project manager” in a publishing company)

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Subject Courses

Reading and Writing Teaching Techniques & Materials

This second-semester course is an introduction to teaching the skills of reading and writing to second language (SL) learners (from “elementary” [A2] to “upper-intermediate” [B2] level). You will learn how to apply theory to practice and create effective lessons and teaching materials. By the end of the course, you should be able to design pedagogically sound reading/writing lessons, worksheets, and units of study for use in private institutes and public schools.

Teaching Reading and Writing (RAW) is divided into two broad sections. In the first half of the semester, you will be introduced to the principles and practices of effective reading instruction—with an emphasis on intensive reading. In the second half, you will be introduced to several approaches to teaching SL writing: product, process, and genre, with a strong emphasis on the latter. Weekly homework readings from the set textbooks should be anticipated, and group work will be the norm during class.

COURSE AIM(S)

RAW has been designed to help students

  • analyze, evaluate, and create EFL SL reading/writing lessons and instructional materials.

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ELT Curriculum Design & Development

This third-semester course is an orientation to the process of second language (SL) curriculum design—planning, development, assessment, and evaluation. You will learn how to apply theory to practice and create effective ELT programs. By the end of the course, you should be able to construct a customized SL learning program that effectively targets one (or several) of the major skills areas (e.g., speaking, reading).

Curriculum Design and Development (CDD) roughly mirrors the process of SL curriculum design itself, and it will guide you through 1) surveying the needs of SL learners, 2) choosing and sequencing course content, 3) adapting/creating instructional material, 4) assessing learning outcomes, and 5) preparing to evaluate the effectiveness of a SL course. Weekly homework readings from the set textbooks should be anticipated, and group work will be the norm during class.

COURSE AIM(S)

CDD has been designed to help students

  • apply the steps of the curriculum design process to create novel SL programs (e.g., for a private institute, to meet IGSE’s “curriculum” project graduation requirement).
  • modify existing SL programs (e.g., in a secondary school teaching context).
  • evaluate SL programs and provide feedback to others (e.g., in the role of “coordinator,” “head teacher,” or “project manager” in a publishing company).

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