Online Methods Syllabus



Course Description

This course is designed to address the needs and concerns of students preparing to teach foreign languages in the K-12 schools and in-service teachers who need a methods course for endorsement or licensure. It will also serve in-service teachers who are seeking to update their knowledge of second-language acquisition and instruction for personal growth or for academic credit toward state re-licensing or for national board certification.This methods course is organized around the Standards for Foreign Language Learning, commonly referred to as the Five Cs: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. Students will learn about current theoretical bases for second-language acquisition and how theory informs classroom practice. The course does not promote a particular methodology but rather presents principles of learning from which teachers can draw as they make decisions about instruction. In today's classrooms with diverse learners and curricular options, teachers must possess a repertoire of teaching practices based on an evolving research and knowledge base.


Bachlors degree in a World Language or related field.

Course Objectives

1. Demonstrate an understanding of current theories of second-language acquisition research.

2. Design unit and daily lesson plans in alignment with the standards for language learning.

3. Create lesson segments that reflect theory and practice.

4. Design performance-based assessments.

5. Use technology as a tool for professional development and to promote student learning.

6. Develop the ability to reflect on their teaching, student learning and to make changes as warranted.

Course Calendar

Module 1: Reflection and Goal Setting

Module 2: Our Evolving Profession

Module 3: Standards for Foreign Language Learning

First Face-To-Face Meeting:
Language Institute, 20 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, Directions
Section 90: Saturday, 10/4, 8:30-12:00

Module 4: The Foreign Language Learner and the Acquisition Process

Module 5: Designing Curricula and Planning Lessons

Second Face-To-Face Meeting: Language Institute
Section 90: Saturday, 11/1, 8:30-12:00

Module 6: Meeting the Needs of the Learner

Module 7: Teaching for Interpretive Communication

Module 8: Teaching for Interpersonal Communication

Module 9: Teaching for Presentational Communication

Third face-to-face Meeting: Language Institute
Section 90: Saturday, 12/6, 8:30-12:00 


Student-Student Interaction

In a "live course", you would be interacting with other students in your class. That interaction is important to the learning process. In this online course, you are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities designed to promote interactive communication in cyberspace. Your classmates may be in sites distant from your location; they may have very different backgrounds and experiences with language learners.  Get to know them, seek to work with them.  You will do this through: 

Discussion Groups where you and your classmates post messages and react to one another.  This activity promotes interaction among students as you would experience in a classroom.

Faculty-Student Interaction

One of the major ways you will share your progress with your instructor is through submissions to your electronic portfolio.  There are three kinds of assignments you will submit to your electronic portfolio:

  • Check-ins: These questions follow readings in the text or Web page material.  In a classroom, professors often ask questions based upon reading assignments or discussion.  Students respond to these spontaneously to show their understanding.  The check-ins replicate this in your web course.  You should respond to these questions thoughtfully based upon your understanding of the material.  Spend a limited amount of time with these activities.
  • Reflect/Respond: These portfolio assignments ask you to reflect, to think about the topic a bit, to come up with a response, to create an example, to discuss an instructional decision you might make. These responses may require your exiting the program to find a reference or supporting material.
  • Project:  During the course, generally at the end of a module, you will create a project that demonstrates your ability to formulate a lesson unit involving the topic you have studied in that module.  Projects require planning, organization, and instructional decision-making. 

Required Texts

Books for this course are available at the Rutgers University Bookstore, located in the Ferren Mall at One Penn Plaza on Albany Street (Route 27) across from the train station in New Brunswick. Contact the bookstore directly at 732-246-8448 for directions and parking information.

Books may also be purchased online at the Rutgers University Bookstore.

  1. Curtain, Helena & Carol Ann Dahlberg. Languages and Children: Making the Match. 4th Edition. Allyn & Bacon: 2010.
    ISBN:  9780205535484

  2. Shrum, Judith & Glisan, Eileen. Teacher's Handbook. 4th Edition. Heinle & Heinle: 2011.
    ISBN: 9781413033212

  3. NJ State Department of Education. New Jersey World Languages Curriculum Framework. To download, please click

  4. Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. 3rd Revised Edition (2006). Order online at    <>

  5. New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. To download please click  <> 


Grading Policy

Check-Ins/Reflect & Respond/Class Participation
Module 2 Exam
Module 4 Exam
Module 7 Final Project
Module 8 Group Project
Module 9 Final Project
Thematic Unit Presentation
Course Total

Discipline Bibliography

REFERENCES: Each module in this online course has its own list of references so that you can consult additional resources for your research, assignments, and personal professional growth. You can access references by clicking on the word "References" on the left of your window. Please take advantage of these references because they represent the most current research in the field.

Real One Player Download

You need to download RealPlayer in order to listen to the audio files and see the video clips incorporated into this course. To do this go to Find the "free download" link and click that. Follow the instructions to get the RealOne player.

Course Requirements

Computer requirements: You need a computer that is able to access the internet. We also recommend that you have the latest version of FireFox; or Internet Explorer.
You can download the lastest version of FireFox by going here and clicking on the download Firefox link.
You can download the newest version of Internet Explorer by going here and clicking on the download now link.

There are 9 modules that students will need to complete. Within each module are reading assignments, portfolio submissions, and online interactions with other students.

Two modules contain examinations and the others have culminating projects.

At the end of the course, students will submit a teaching portfolio. The exact format will be negotiated with your instructor in consideration of institutional and/or state requirements.

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