Language Course Design and Assessment

Course Code: TEJL-4
Day: Sat Time: 14:30-17:50 Hours: 42 Sessions: 12 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Prerequisites: Non-native English speakers will be required a score of at least 750 on the TOEIC test, 500 on TOEFL, an IELTS score of 7.0 or above, or 61 on the iBT. Special Notes: This course will meet 12 times on Saturday afternoons. Location: Online

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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.

Weekly Saturday afternoon classes will be conducted online via Zoom. These sessions will focus on reflecting, discussion, and preparing for activities. Reading assignments will be given on a weekly basis. Students are expected to prepare for class discussions and provide a final PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. 

(Students can use the Temple University Japan Campus computer lab and participate remotely.)

Learning Objectives

1. Gain a practical and theoretical understanding of developing an effective language program.
2. Acquire knowledge and experience pertaining to designing and maintaining language curricula.
3. Be exposed to the six core processes of program development: needs analysis, objectives, testing, materials, teaching, and evaluation.

Who should take this course

Individuals that are interested in teaching English in various disciplines. Individuals who are interested in engaging in discussions about teaching and learning of English language learners.

Professional Training Certificate Elective Course For:


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 20 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, and kendo.