ALC8025 : English Language Teaching Methods

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

• A brief overview of the development of key theories and approaches in the area of TESOL
• Communicative Language Teaching
• Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
• Vocabulary and grammar
• Authentic materials
• Topic-based teaching
• Task-based learning
• Culture awareness & language learning
• Lesson planning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading84:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1118:00118:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision22:004:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures introduce students to key principles and techniques involved in TESOL. A combination of pre- and post lecture tasks and study groups allow students to make links between theories and teaching practice and reflect upon their learning to develop their understanding and professional skills in teaching.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M30Peer teaching task
Essay1A603,000 words
Reflective log1M10Focusing on developing students' ability to reflect on understanding & experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Reflective Log - 4 learning journals:
Focusing on developing students ability to reflect on their understanding and experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Peer Teaching Task
Peer teaching task demonstrates the student’s ability to design and deliver language teaching materials. Students work in groups and design a lesson, and teach a maximum 10 minutes individually. Peer teaching performance is assessed individually.

Written assignment
A 3,000 words written essay allows students to students’
•       understanding of TESOL theories, and good practice of teaching a specific language point or a language skill;
•       ability to apply relevant theories and techniques to analysing and interpreting practice of teaching English as a foreign/second language, or to designing and evaluating teaching materials;
•       ability to critically evaluate the literature you have consulted and the practice they have observed or experienced.

Reading Lists