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ALC8025 : English Language Teaching Methods

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mei Lin
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module introduces students to the key concepts, basic principles and approaches in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It introduces the latest development in teaching and learning in the classroom. Students will gain knowledge and understanding through a combination of pre-session tasks, lectures, seminars, observations, peer teaching and collaborative learning. Topics covered in this module include principles and techniques of teaching the four language skills, teaching vocabulary and grammar, lesson planning, and use of authentic materials. At the end of the module students will be able to plan and deliver a TESOL lesson to peers.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Review of English language teaching methods: key concepts & principles
2. Communicative competence and English language teaching
3. Grammar
4. Vocabulary
5. Lesson planning
6. Listening & reading
7. Speaking
8. Writing
9. Planning for peer teaching assessment task
10. Peer teaching assessment
11. Drop-in session

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:304:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture videos and lectures provide an introduction to the weekly content, establish a basic level of understanding of the topic, offer an opportunity for further exploration, discussion, and personal reflection, through small group activities, and signal areas for individual further study and essential and further reading

Students will then put what they have learnt into practice, through weekly micro-teaching practicals (week 2-8), which is also preparation for the peer teaching assessment (weeks 9-10).

Structured Guided Learning activities provide students with weekly opportunities to consolidate learning through guided tasks linked to the weekly topic.

Independent study will enable wider reading, further personal self-reflection and assignment preparation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M40Peer teaching task
Essay1A60Essay - 2,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The skills outcomes (ability to put theory into teaching practice, and reflect on one’s teaching) will be assessed through the peer teaching. The knowledge outcomes (critical understanding of relevant teaching theory) will be assessed in the end of module essay.

Reading Lists