University of Khartoum
English Language Institute
MA TEFL Programme
TEFL 603: Core Issues in TEFL (1) Aims
This course aims to introduce students to the theories of language acquisition, theories of
language learning, differences between approaches and methods, learning styles/ strategies, and
motivation and attitudes and their impact on language learning.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
Identify foreign language acquisition theories.
Demonstrate an understanding of foreign language learning theories and strategies.
Recognize needs of mixed ability classrooms and individual student.
Demonstrate an understanding of the role of motivation and attitudes in language learning.
Theories of language acquisition: behaviourism/ nativist/functional.
Factors affecting acquisition.
Theories of language learning: behaviourism/ mentalism/ constructivism.
Approaches and methods.
Learning styles and strategies.
Motivation and attitudes and their role in learning a language.
Needs of mixed ability classrooms and individuals differences.