Teaching Methods in Secondary English

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Course Description:
This course is designed for students who are majoring in secondary English education and is offered concurrently with the practicum in teaching secondary English. This course addresses the required instructional methods, techniques, strategies, resources, and assessment considerations for effective teaching of secondary English, including the pedagogy of reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, viewing, and media literacy. This course addresses specific state-adopted standards, subject matter competencies and pedagogy pertinent to the discipline and required for certification.


Course Details


Dr. Mackenzie Johnson


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Learning to Teach English in the Secondary School. 5th ed. Jon Davison. Taylor & Francis. 2019. ISBN: 9781138580473


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Create long range and short range plans for instruction at a high school

Build a repertoire of effective teaching strategies which address learning styles, cultural and linguistic needs, and developmental levels of the high school student

Review English skills contained in the state standards

Plan and critique grade/age appropriate English/Language Arts lessons in at least one of the content areas: reading, writing, language, and literature

Participate in professional growth opportunities

Teach with the effective use of questioning, engagement of students, and adaptation to student learning needs and linguistic needs

Plan accommodations in lesson plans and during teaching that meet the needs of ELLs and students with varying learning styles

Use teaching materials and technology to teach content and support diverse learners at varying English proficiency levels

Create and share a lesson plan that integrates popular culture content with reading instruction in grades 9-12



E-1, E-5



E-2, E-3, E-6

E-2, E-3, E-6


E-2, E-3, E-6

Task 2.2.1

Task 5.4.2

Task CC8

Task 2.2.1

Task CC3B

Task 2.2.1

Task 5.4.2

Task 5.4.2

Task 2.2.1


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The primary methods of instruction include class discussions, experiential learning opportunities, interactive lecture, and assigned readings. Learning strategies may include case studies, questioning, practicums, small group discussions, demonstrations, and presentations. Active student participation is expected.  Additionally, students are expected to complete assigned projects by the assigned due dates.


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