Appendix to SFW Schedule - Homework
Department of Foreign Languages
Dear New Faculty Members:
Throughout the Summer Faculty Workshop, you will participate in discussions and activities regarding particular pedagogical aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Foreign Language Education. We will issue you a copy of the basic text supporting these activities, Becoming a Foreign Language Teacher by Elaine Horwitz. It is yours to use throughout the workshop and during your first year here in DFL. At the end of the year, we will ask you to turn your copy in so that next year’s cohort of instructors will have the text available to them.
Listed below are the readings from Horwitz and activities that instructors for various sessions of the workshop would like you to complete before each attendance. Not every class has assigned pre-work listed below. If the instructor of those classes would like you to complete such homework, you will be notified prior to the class.
10 JUL: West Point Tour
USMA/DFL Calendar and USMA Reg 1
14 JUL: West Point and DFL Organization
Read “Teaching Foreign Languages at West Point”
Intro to USMA IT and Using Sharepoint (Mr. Helsel and Mr. Piscatelli)
1. Review DFL Technology Quick Reference Sheet (in your folder that will be issued on Day 1 of SFW)
2. Consider the following questions:
· What does the acronym CAC stand for? How does it strengthen network security?
· How do you create a mapped drive? What is its benefit to computer users?
· When your computer completely freezes where nothing responds, what action should you take to restart it?
· What does the acronym VPN stand for? What are its benefits for a company or the government?
16 JUL: Foreign Language Teaching
Read Chapter 1 of Horwitz
Intro to SLA/FLE
Read Chapters 2 and 3 of Horwitz
Active Learning Model
17 JUL: Teaching Speaking
1. Read Horwitz 109-130
2. Define the concept of “spontaneous speaking” using your own words.
3. Prepare to discuss “Guidelines” (Horwitz, pp. 120-123) in more detail.
Teaching Listening Comprehension
Read Horwitz, Chapter 4
18 JUL: Teaching Writing
Read Horwitz, Chapter 7
21 JUL: Teaching Culture
1. Before reading the chapter, identify the reason why reading is important to you as a language-learning tool.
2. Read pp. 134-151 in Horwitz. Note any changes to your perception of reading as an important tool for language-learners.
23 JUL: Sequencing Two Activities
Read Horwitz, Chapter 10
24 JUL: Assessment
Read Horwitz, Chapter 9Other Resources:
Scan “History of Pedagogical Methods”
Read 2 pages onActive Learning Model in Workshop Handbook.