This seminar has a dual focus on the cognitive-psychological processes behind learning and teaching grammar in the EFL classroom as well as the practical production of short “educational grammar videos” and an investigation into their effect on real EFL students. We will begin with an overview of recent findings in the field of cognitive psychology that help us understand the mechanisms behind learning a foreign language and how we can make use of these processes when teaching grammar. Afterwards, we will analyse and test different tablet apps one can use to produce short educational video clips. Finally, you will design your own educational grammar videos and present them in class. Your grammar clips are also going to be used in a video-taped EFL class, which will enable us to assess their effectiveness. Requirements for course credits: active participation, presentation, portfolio. Recommended reading: DeKeyser, Robert M. “Cognitive-Psychological Processes in Second Language Learning.” The Handbook of Language Teaching. Eds. Catherine Doughty and Michael H. Long. Chichester, U.K., Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. 119–38. Print. Registration via LSF. Note: Students can only take part in the “Oberkurs” after they have successfully completed the introduction to ELT.
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