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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5903M Learning and Teaching Vocabulary

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Taguhi Sahakyan

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This modules examine what we mean by vocabulary and looks at some of the ways in which teachers can help learners to develop their vocabulary. The module is primarily for people teaching English to speakers of other languages.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe and exemplify recent developments in the study of lexis and describe how these differ from other approaches to language analysis;
- articulate the implications of these developments for language learning and teaching;
- use this knowledge in analysing and describing authentic and teaching texts;
- use concordancing programmes to investigate questions concerning the meaning, use and register of lexical items;
- critically evaluate pedagogic dictionaries and vocabulary teaching materials.

Skills outcomes
- the ability to evaluate critically what is read
- the ability to apply what is read to particular teaching and learning contexts
- the ability to plan a piece of academic writing
- the ability to use ICT in researching language and language testing


This module examines the role of vocabulary in language teaching.

We will investigate what it means to know a word and how we remember words. We will look at the role of corpus linguistics in helping to understand vocabulary and introduce you to the use of concordancing in language teaching. We will also explore how people learn vocabulary and look at some approaches to, and techniques for, teaching vocabulary.

You will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed in the module to the evaluation of designing materials and syllabuses to help people learn vocabulary.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours138.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- 18 x 6 hours preparation for seminars
- 24 hours assignment preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored informally through contributions to class discussions and formally through the assessment procedures.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 14/01/2019


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