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Course Name Teaching of English for Indian Students
Course Code 18ELL233
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Credits 3
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit I: 

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 II:

Approaches to Syllabus Design:
Structural-Situational-Functional-Communicative-Emergent (Process vs.Product).

Unit III:

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 IV:

Principles of Material Production:
Teaching of vocabulary – ‘Productive’ and ‘receptive’ vocabulary foundation vocabulary, Basic English – Selection – frequency, utility, universality, productivity, teachability, structural value and regional value of a lexical item – Teaching of structure selection, graduation and repetition-drills.

Unit V:

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 progarmmes – Testing and evaluation.


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 over coming the problems posed by the interference of the mother tongue.


  1. Jacks C. Richards and Theodore S. Rodgers: Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching. IIed. Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  2. RodEllis, Second Language Acquisition, Ninth Impression, Oxford University Press, 2003.
  3. Sandra Fotos and Charles M. Browne(ed.), New Perspectives on CALL for Second Language Classrooms, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc, NewJersey, 2008.
  4. Saraswathi, English Language Teaching, Principles and Practice, Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd. Chennai, 2005.

Core Reading

  1. Bill Van Patten and Jessica Williams. Theories in Second Language Acquisition. An Introduction. Routledge, 2006.
  2. Michael Levy, Computer-Assisted Language Learning, Context and Conceptualization.
  3. Susan M. Gass and Larry Selinker, Second Language Acquisition, An Introductory Course, Ill edition, Routledge, 2008.

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