Eigo gakka kyōiku kenkyū 4

English Language Education Research 4



Instructor: Brent Culligan, Ed.D.


Course Description: In this core course for the Monkasho junior high school English teacher certificate program we examine your personal language learning history, and study some language teaching approaches/methods and the research that informed them. We examine characteristics of junior high school students and their learning context, the Monkasho Course of English Study Guidelines for junior high school, ministry-approved textbooks, and evaluate how well these materials work for teaching  junior high school students..


Class Goals: In this course, students will learn about different methods and the principles that guide these methods. Students will show this knowledge by giving oral reports and by taking a review quiz at the end of the course. Students will also learn how to apply these methods in their own teaching by doing practice lessons in class.


Participation & Attendance: Students must attend 2/3 of all classes to receive credit for the course.


Preparation for Class: Every week, you will be required to read the textbook before class and take notes during class.


Remarks for Class: Regular on-time attendance, preparation of weekly homework, active participation in class.


Text:    Nation, P. (2013). What Should Every EFL Teacher Know? Compass Publishing.


Evaluation Criteria: The grade for the course will be based on the weekly notes, notes on additional readings, completion of homework, a final essay exam, and a demonstration lesson. Your grade will be calculated according to the following: Participation 30%; Reports 40%; Oral Presentations 30%.


Student Questions:  When students have questions, they can contact me before or after class. I can also be reached at


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Review of Class: Every week, you will be required to review your notes and incorporate your lecture notes with your readings. You should also write down any questions so you can ask them during the following class.




Daily Class Schedule






Sep 24

Chapter 10 - Teaching English for Special Purposes


Oct 1

Tales from America


Oct 8

Chapter 11 - Twenty Additional Techniques for Language Learning


Oct 15

Chapter 12 - How Do You Test Learners?


Oct 22

Chapter 13 - How Do You Plan a Lesson?


Oct 29

Assessment of Japanese Textbooks


Nov 5

Chapter 14 - How Do You Plan a Language Course?


Nov 12

Chapter 15 - How Do You Deal with Teaching Problems?


Nov 19

High School Guidelines & Lessons from Romania


Nov 26

Chapter 16 - How Do You Control a Class?


Dec 3

Chapter 17 - How Do You Become a Better English Teacher?


Dec 10

Sample Lesson Presentations Preparation


Dec 17

Sample Lesson Presentations


Jan 7

Chapter 10 - Teaching English for Special Purposes