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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5990M Language Development for TESOL

15 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Richard Badger

Taught: 1 Nov to 31 Dec View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

EDUC5934M Analysing language

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will give you the skills to collect samples of learner language and the theoretical background you need to analyse that language and work out what the implications are for language development. The module is taught through online lectures and face-to-face seminars. You will be given reading to do each week before the lecture. You will also need to carry out tasks independently in study groups


This module examines ideas about how second language are developed and the use of these ideas to analyse learner language.

Learning outcomes
1. Basic knowledge of theories of second language acquisition

2. Collect, analyse and interpret learner data.

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

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

Skills outcomes
This module will enable students to collect and analyse samples of learner language.


Indicative content:

1. Analysing learning language: contrastive analysis, error analyses, interlanguage; translanguaging

2. Innatist view of second language development

3. Cognitive views of second language development

4. Socio-cultural view of second language development

5. Negotiation of meaning, the role of output

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning51.005.00
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be given tasks each week to do in study groups, which will be created at the start of the module. The study groups will report on the result of the tasks in the discussion board in Minerva. This may be done face to face or online depending on the study group.

Students will also need to independently do data collection and analysis for the assignment

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback on a draft for their learner language report.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectReport x 3000 words95.00
Tutorial PerformanceParticipation in study group tasks5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students will be expected to report on one task in the study group and will be given 5 marks for a satisfactory contribution. This will mean that each study group will have no more than five members.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/08/2022


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