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SFL Teaching Methodology: from grammar and translation to the postmethod era

Amplía información Curso en Metodología Didáctica ELE: de la gramática y traducción a la era posmétodo Curso en Metodología Didáctica ELE: de la gramática y traducción a la era posmétodo
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Course in SFL Teaching Methodology: from grammar and translation to the postmethod era


Evolution of the methodology from its origins to present day

The Course seeks to familiarize participants with the evolution of the methodology, from its origins to the present day, through the historical panorama of the methods and approaches of foreign language teaching. The main methods are approached from the point of view of its psycholinguistic and pedagogical foundation, of its didactic contributions, and are exemplified with special reference to Spanish, in order to promote reflection and enrich the professor's teaching criteria, both to program and design his/her classes, as well as how to select his/her work materials.



Objectives of this exclusive program

Students must acquire and incorporate new knowledge, and apply it in a specific area.

They mut apply the concepts, principles, theories and methodology to new or little-known environments, and operate with the models.

They must make judgments based on criteria, external norms and personal reflections.

They must develop a self-directed and autonomous training and research.

They must develop a positive attitude towards fundamental rights, summarizing these principles in cooperative learning and respect for scientific and research ethics.

They must critically analyze their experience as language learners and/or teachers, according to the new learning models.

They must improve the level and effectiveness of their academic activity, integrating the knowledge acquired.

They must innovate in the design of instruments and resources for evaluation of the different individual and contextual variables that affect the process of acquiring communicative linguistic competence.

They must manage multilingual learning environments with special attention to the current intercultural situation (migrations, relations between countries, etc.) that generates constant situations of multilingual and multicultural communication.

General competences

  • Autonomously consult specific sources of information and documentation in the area of knowledge of Applied Linguistics in language teaching, select and organize them, in order to integrate new knowledge.
  • Apply to new or little-known environments, within broader or multidisciplinary contexts, the concepts, principles, theories, models and methodology related to the different fields of Applied Linguistics to the teaching of foreign languages that are relevant to the field of language Spanish.
  • Issue judgments based on criteria, external norms or personal reflections, although such judgments may rely on incomplete or limited information. These judgments will include reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
  • Show a positive attitude towards the fundamental rights of people and democratic values, in cooperative learning and in respect for research and scientific ethics.
  • Develop learning skills that allow self-directed or autonomous training and research.
  • Enrich and apply their knowledge in the specific area of Applied Linguistics to the teaching of Spanish to non-natives.
  • Critically analyze their experience in the classroom, according to the new learning models.
  • Apply the acquired knowledge to the academic activity in the field of Spanish as a foreign language.
  • Innovate in the design of instruments and resources for evaluating the different individual and contextual variables that affect the process of acquiring communicative linguistic competence.
  • Manage multilingual learning environments with special attention to the current intercultural situation (migration, relations between countries, etc.) that generates constant situations of multilingual and multicultural communication.

Course program

Unit 1.
Introduction to the study of language methodology
  • Methods prior to the twentieth century: traditional and direct
  • Introduction.
    The importance of addressing the study of the history of language methodology
  • The traditional method
  • The direct method
Unit 2. The structuralist approaches:
audiolingual, situational and audiovisual
  • Audiolingual method
  • Situational approach
  • Audiovisual method
Unit 3.
Cognitivist approaches I
  • Introduction: cognitive approaches
  • The total physical response method
  • Community language learning
  • The silent method
Unit 4.
Cognitivist approaches II
  • Suggestopedia
  • The natural approach
Unit 5. The notional-functional approach and the communicative approach
  • Introduction to communicative approaches: background
  • Notional-functional approach
  • Communicative approach
Unit 6.
The postcommunicative era
  • Postmethod concept
  • "Postmethods"
  • Recent proposals