Course Title: 
Teaching of English for Indian Students
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Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Teaching of English for Indian Students' is an Elective course offered in Fourth/Fifth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To enable the students to master the basics of teaching of English in the Indian context; to expose the students to the nuances of the art and science of teaching English language in Indian classrooms overcoming the problems posed by the interference of the mother tongue.

Indian short story, poetry, fiction and drama of the 19th to the late 20th century.

Unit 1

Problems and Principles.

The role of English in India- Objectives of the teaching of English in India. Theories of language learning-cognitive, behaviourist, communicative competence, learning vs. acquisition, speech act theory-Differences between first and second language learning. Individual variation in language learning performance: language aptitude, motivation and age.

Unit 2

Approaches to Syllabus Design.

Structural-Situational-Functional-Communicative-Emergent (Process vs. Product)

Unit 3

Approaches to Teaching Design.

Audio-Lingual (structural drills)-Grammar Translation (rules and exercise)- Bilingual (use of the mother tongue)-Situational and communicative-Structuring of lesson and classroom interaction-learner-centered teaching and the problems of teaching large classes.

Unit 4

Principles of Material Production.

Teaching of vocabulary - 'Productive' and 'receptive' vocabulary 'foundation vocabulary, Basic English-Selection-frequency, utility, universality, productivity, teach-ability, structural value and regional value of a lexical item-Teaching of structures election, graduation and repetition-drills.

Unit 5

Error Analysis, Lexicography and Evaluation.

Attitude to error analysis, the concept of inter-language-The art of lexicography and its relevance to a language teaching programmes-Testing and evaluation.

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  3. Susan M.Gass and Larry Selinker. Second Language Acquisition. An Introductory Course. Ill edition. Routledge. 2008.