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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5916M Tasks and Materials for TESOL

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Diana Mazgutova
Email: D.Mazgutova@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Mar View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will help you evaluate, select and adapt TESOL textbooks to suit your learners and context and help you design your own materials for teaching new language, and reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. We will discuss a range of issues to do with materials design, such as the role of authentic materials. This is a practically-oriented module with an emphasis on creativity.

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- understand the centrality of task design to TESOL pedagogy
- have an awareness of the linguistic, educational and socio-cultural values implicit in TESOL tasks and materials
- understand of the design principles underlying contemporary TESOL textbooks
- understand issues in textbook evaluation and selection
- understand the possible structures of TESOL tasks
- understand principles and procedures for creating tasks and materials for TESOL
- be able to design tasks and materials for TESOL

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students should have:
- an understanding of the centrality of task design to TESOL pedagogy
- an awareness of the linguistic, educational and socio-cultural values implicit in TESOL tasks and materials
- an understanding of the possible structures of TESOL tasks
- an understanding of principles and procedures for creating tasks and materials for TESOL

Skills outcomes
Evaluating, analysing and designing pedagogic tasks and materials


Syllabus

Indicative content

Week 1
A Framework for materials development for TESOL
This first session setts out the area for study by defining and inter-relating key concepts in language teaching materials desig, and establishes task design as the central concern.

Weeks 2 & 3
Textbooks in TESOL I & II
These two sessions look at the design, and evaluation of contemporary English Language teaching textbooks.

Weeks 4, 5 & 6
Designing Language Teaching Tasks I, II & III
These three sessions consider principles and practices in the design of tasks to teach grammar and vocabulary, and to practice and develop receptive and productive skills.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture61.006.00
Seminar62.0012.00
Private study hours132.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

4 hours prep per seminar (pre-reading, materials-related tasks of various kinds)
2 hours follow up per seminar (reading, materials-related tasks)
96 hours personal research and assignment prep

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

This is a 3000 word assignment based on one of the outputs participants produce over the course of the module. Participants will be asked to carry out an evaluation of a textbook, an adaptation of textbook material and to design sets of materials to introduce and practice new language, receptive skills and productive skills. Participants will choose one of these outputs and write a rationale, for it, informed by the modular literature.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/09/2021

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