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EDUC5902M Investigating Language for TESOL

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Mohammad Ahmadian

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module has two parts. The first will give you the skills you need to describe language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse. The second part looks at the language used by learners and provides some background about how learners' language can be analysed in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse and how this can be used to understand learners' language development.


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

- Discuss the relevance of language description and analysis to TESOL generally and specifically in their own ELT contact.

- Carry out basic analyses of samples of spoken and written English for discourse, syntax, lexis, phonology and register.

- Apply their analytical skills to a range of text types including ELT materials and 'authentic' texts, and texts from within and outside the language classroom.

- Discuss the application of their skills in language description and analysis to the selection of texts and activities for the teaching of language.

- Discuss the interpretation of learner language data in terms of language learning processes.

- Relate the use of language to the learning of language.

- Collect, analyse and interpret learner data.

- Assess the methodology of empirical studies of language learning.

Skills outcomes
Critical reading
Evaluating of analytical frameworks
Applying analytical frameworks
Collecting and analysing data
ICT skills
Working in groups and independently


This module introduces participants to the analysis of texts at the levels of discourse, syntax, lexis and phonology, and structuring the resulting information through frameworks provided by register analysis, discourse analysis and conversation analysis. Participants will also consider the application of language analysis techniques to texts produced for TESOL learners, and for native speakers of English, in order to use the skills and knowledge gained to assist with making principled and appropriate decisions about content and materials for English language teaching.

Participants will learn how to collect and analyse samples of learner language data using the frameworks of the analysis of text outlined above. Participants will develop skills in using the analyses of learner language as a basis for making judgments about the language development and learning/teaching needs of individual students.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

180 hours - preparation for seminars
100 hours - work on assignments

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through monitoring of student participation and learning outcomes of in-class tasks; of out-of-class tasks; and of class participation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment3,000 words50.00
Assignment3,000 words50.00
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: 11/01/2022 15:43:20


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