Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU20424 Introduction to the teaching of English as a foreign language (TEFL)
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 2|
|Assessment: CW 34%, ES 66%|
* To enhance language awareness in general and introduce a systematic approach to the linguisitc analysis of English.
* To provide a practical introduction to the phonology of English.
* To provide a slef-contained introduction to the skills fo TEFL, of practical use to students preparing to work as language assistants abroad.
* To develop transferable skills relevant to a career in foreign language teaching.
* To enable students (at their own expense) to obtain a recognised TEFL qualification (CELTA) via a subsequent add-on course.
A student who completes this unit will successfully show evidence of:
* awareness of the factors which influence teaching and learning.
* understanding and use of basic ELT (English Language Teaching) terminology relating to form/meaning/language use/skills.
* ability to analyse language for teaching purposes.
* understanding the aims and stages of a language/skills lesson.
* understanding the rationale for choosing specific resources and activities for a specific learner. A student who completes the CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) add-on successfully will have the most widely recognised and respected initial teaching qualification in the ELT field.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking and effective communication in English are developed and assessed in this unit, along with practical teaching skills.
An introduction to basic linguistics with a practical focus on the skills and systems of the English language; teaching methodology (the context for learning and teaching English as a foreign languagel, planning effective teaching, classroom skills); selection and evaluation of resources and materials. Recommended background texts: 'Learning Teaching' (Scrivener, J.: MacHELT 1994). 'Practical English Usage' (Swan, M.: OUP 1995). 'Source Book for TEFL' (Lewis, M. and Hill, J.: MacHELT 1993).