Teaching Vocabulary and Reading

Course Code: TEJL-3
Day: Sat Time: 14:30-17:50 Hours: 42 Sessions: 12 Semester: Summer Core certificate: Teaching English to Japanese Learners Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This course will meet 12 times on Saturday afternoons. Location: In-Person (Tokyo)

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Course Description

What is a word? How can we teach words? What should be the relation between language teaching and reading? Recent research has lent new insight into these questions. In TEJL-3, we will try to look with clear eyes at issues of vocabulary and reading. Topics include: learning a word, chunking, vocabulary strategies, learning through experiencing stories, repetition, principles of reading, and extensive reading. Class participants will be encouraged to consider how these issues relate to their classrooms, and to take ideas from this course to their schools.

Learning Objectives

1. Choose appropriate reading materials for their various groups of students.
2. Create principled intensive reading lessons for teaching reading skills through those readings.
3. Discuss current ideas.


Teaching Reading Skills in a Foreign Language


Patrick Rosenkjar

Instructor Biography

Professor Rosenkjar is an expert in various aspects of linguistics, language teaching methods, and literature. He has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in German language studies; a master's degree from San Francisco State University in English, with a concentration in language teaching and in American and British literature; and a doctorate from Temple University in second language education. He has published in the areas of content-based English teaching, designing English reading courses for Japanese students, research and theory of curriculum and course design, and understanding poetry. His interests include culture studies, history, linguistic theory, and literary texts; and he reads extensively for pleasure and professional enrichment in these areas. He has been a full-time faculty member of Temple University Japan Campus since 1988.