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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5991M Approaches and Contexts in TESOL

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Martin Lamb

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module students should be able to:
- identify and describe contextual features which influence, and are influenced by, the work of TESOL teachers and learners in general, and in their own context in particular;
- identify observational and other relevant data on which to base those descriptions;
- relate these descriptions to a variety of theories and approaches;
- begin to conceptualise/plan approaches and methodologies, which are appropriate for their own contexts, based on an increased and critical awareness.


This module aims to introduce participants to a wide range of issues relating to the contexts in which TESOL occurs and the implicit or explicit approaches used in those contexts. These will include:

- the concept of 'context';
- notions of culture - from classrooms to broader spheres;
- an historical perspective on TESOL approaches;
- the classroom micro-context - the people, the place, the physical features;
- managing changes in education/classrooms over time.

Additional to this, the module aims to enable participants to develop a number of skills which are important in looking critically at classroom behaviour and language teaching approaches. These will be developed through:

- observing and describing classrooms using video extracts and examining educational documents;
- interpreting those observations with regard to various aspects of context.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours265.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Reading other print materials.
Watching and analysing video materials.
Preparing for small group presentations.
Assignment preparation and writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Guided reading.
Group tasks for class presentation.
Small group tutorial.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Assignment6,000 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: 24/07/2023


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