Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Paris (MDA 444)



Program Information

This Maymester course will prepare you to be a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) who facilitates learning experiences that are equitable, inclusive, and empowering. Upon completion of this course, you will earn a department certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). While in Los Angeles (first week) and in Paris (3 following weeks), you will have the opportunity to observe EFL classes and teach EFL lessons as well as visit organizations and locations related to education and society in Paris, France. Onsite visits include schools where English is taught such as public and private primary and secondary schools, and private language academies for adult learners studying English for specific purposes. On sight visits will also include the UNESCO headquarters located in Paris, the Musée de l’histoire et de l’immigration, Immigration relocation centers, and Giverny (Monet’s home and gardens). The course will be conducted in English. Cultural and linguistic immersion will offer opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning process to inform their EFL teaching. In the course you will learn that language teaching and learning is a social, political, cultural, and personal process of becoming in the target language. Given this importance of society in language teaching, you will connect the learning objectives of how to teach EFL to education and society through reflective prompts that will be offered for all on site visits and learning experiences. Students will be housed in homestays with 1-2 students per family.

Contact Information

Faculty Director: Atiyeh Showrai

Email: showrai@usc.edu

Faculty Director: Emmy Jungwon Min

Email: emmymin@usc.edu