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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC2080 The Practice of English Language Teaching

20 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Dr Taguhi Sahakyan

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

- Are you going to have an English teaching experience at some time in the near future? - Are you worried that you don't know where to start in planning and teaching English? This module will equip you with all you need to get started in the practice of English language teaching. By the end of the module, you will have developed knowledge and skills in teaching grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, and the four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening. During the module you will get the chance to explore debates around teaching language, and to reflect on your own and others' beliefs about teaching performance. Teaching is by seminar, with many hands-on tasks in which you get the chance to try out and reflect on practical classroom activities. The assignment consists of a 3,000 word essay in which you investigate key issues in language teaching. There are no pre-requisites for this module.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- describe, use and critically evaluate the effectiveness of a range of methodological options for developing students' speaking, listening, reading and writing skills;
- describe, use and critically evaluate a range of techniques for presenting and practicing new language;
- demonstrate understanding of the principles underlying these techniques;
- identify and critically evaluate the underlying rationales for approaches taken in a range of current ELT materials;
- critically evaluate their own and others' teaching performance.


The module is intended to provide an introduction to the teaching of English in foreign and second language situations. It also aims to provide students with an introductory overview of the theory underlying the communicative approach to language teaching.

We begin by considering the nature of language and language learning, and go on to look at how these ideas are translated into classroom practice. We consider a range of techniques for introducing and practicing the structures, vocabulary and pronunciation of English, and we look at activities to help language students develop the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing).

Students will develop their skills, knowledge and understanding through working with the course tutor, peers and individually in a variety of teaching/learning contexts.

Students will participate in a micro-teaching session, in which they will trial language teaching techniques with their peers.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 34 hours reading for individual lectures
- 20 hours preparation for micro-teaching
- 30 hours materials gathering for portfolio of lessons
- 90 hours reading for and writing assessed work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students will be required to prepare readings for presentation and discussion in lectures.
- Students will also be required to participate in micro-teaching, for which they will prepare in groups, partway through the module.
- The activities will be conducted so that no student with special educational needs or disabilities will be disadvantaged.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words90.00
Teaching SkillsStudents will be asked to design and deliver a lesson with their group members10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be required to produce a written assignment reflecting on their microteaching experience. For the Microteaching students will be asked to design and deliver a lesson with their group members.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/09/2021 10:40:35


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