Language Course Design and Assessment

Course Code: TEJL-4
Day: Sat Time: 14:30-15:50 Hours: 42 Sessions: 12 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

Language course design must proceed from knowledge about how people of different ages and abilities learn languages. This course aims at providing a practical, comprehensive overview of the different phases and activities involved in developing and implementing a sound, rational and effective language program. Students of this course will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge pertaining to designing and maintaining language curricula. In particular, course participants will be able to learn about six core processes: needs analysis, objectives, testing, materials, teaching and evaluation.

The weekly Saturday afternoon sessions will be conducted online via Zoom and last between 90 and 120 minutes. These sessions will focus on reflecting, discussion, and preparing for activities.  In addition to the Saturday sessions, participants will work through material and weekly activities individually and in groups. In addition to reading assignments, participants should expect to spend at least 2 hours per week on activities outside of class sessions.


The Elements of Language Curriculum


Yujiro Shimogori

Instructor Biography

Yujiro Shimogori has a Master's degree in Education with emphasis in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. degree in Education with focus in Bilingual Education from San Diego State University. He is a 14 year veteran as a primary, secondary, and higher education educator and researcher in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Tokyo. Educated, lived and worked in Japan and the US, he is bilingual and bicultural, and proficient in Japanglish as well. His research interests include bicultural identity development, bilingualism, culturally relevant pedagogy, and second language acquisition. Shimogori enjoys visiting new places, taking long walks, and watching baseball, judo, kendo, NFL games, and sumo.