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Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PL50730: Teaching the English language

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are:
* To provide students with an understanding of theories and concepts in relation to teaching English as a second language;
* To enable students to apply the insights they have gained from the Theory of Language unit to their teaching;
* To enhance the professional practice of students through a more critical understanding and sensitivity towards their language teaching approach and method.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit the student will be able to:
* Identify and discuss needs of students and how to address those needs;
* Articulate the pedagogic implications of lesson planning;
* Critically analyse the language they will teach in the classroom;
* Discuss and plan language teaching programmes to teach the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking;
* Design, write and adapt materials for teaching English, and evaluate their effectiveness;
* Analyse the needs of a particular learner and design a programme to meet those needs, and implement part of the programme.

Self-directed learning (F)
Problem analysis, research and reflection (T/F/A)
Independent working (F)
Problem-solving (T/F/A)
Oral communication (F)
Written communication (F/A)
Ability to identify and discuss theories of English Language Teaching (T/F/A)
Analysis of language learners' needs (T/F/A)
Ability to apply English Language Teaching theories and approaches to actual teaching design and practice (T/F/A)
Ability to discuss and plan language teaching programmes and lessons (T/F/A)
Ability to design and write teaching materials (T/F/A)
Key Skills
1. Make critical use of the literature of the field of Education (T/F/A).
2. Make critical use of professional experience in the field of Education (T/F/A).
4. Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
9. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F).
10. Evaluate research and variety of types of information and evidence critically, also making informed judgements in the absence of complete data (T/F/A)
12. Contribute to professional debate in the field of education (F).
13. Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (F).
14. Communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (T/F).
15. Evaluate their own academic and professional performance (T/F/A).
16. Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (F).
17. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).
18. Develop new or higher level skill, for example in information technology (T/F/A).


* Lesson planning
* Teaching pronunciation
* Teaching grammar
* Teaching vocabulary
* Teaching reading skills
* Teaching writing skills
* Teaching listening skills
* Teaching speaking skills
* Assessment methods.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PL50730 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • THED-AFM27 : MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Full-time)
  • THED-APM35 : MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Part-time)

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.