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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5993M Teaching Oral and Written Skills for TESOL

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Laura Grassick

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


EDUC5991MApproaches & Contexts in TESOL
EDUC5992MIntro Second Lang Acquisition

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to

- understand current theories of oral and written language processing, and their implications for second language learning and teaching;
- understand and be able to critically evaluate current beliefs about the design of tasks, and about their impact and use for second language learning;
- analyse and evaluate the assumptions underlying the teaching of oral and written skills in their own context, and how these may affect classroom language learning;
- critique the design of tasks and other language learning activities;
- design, adapt and evaluate language learning tasks;
- use appropriate methods to document and evaluate the use of tasks for oral and written skills, and learners' development;
- identify the potential of current research for development of their own teaching and materials.

Skills outcomes
-observing in-class use of tasks for oral and written skills;
-studying learner and teacher use and understanding of oral and written tasks;
-interpreting learner and teacher behaviour in relation to the wider culture;
-analysing and evaluating TESOL data.


- The nature of oral and written language and language processing.
- Second language reading skills and reading development.
- Tasks for reading.
- Second language writing skills and writing development.
- Tasks for writing.
- Discourse grammar and vocabulary in the context of oral and written skills.
- Second language listening skills.
- Tasks for developing listening.
- Speaking skills and their development.
- Tasks for speaking.
- Combining oral and written activities.
- Evaluating and developing tasks in text books.
- Ways of using tasks in classrooms.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours267.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Background reading, including specific readings for each seminar/lecture, individually and in reading groups (10 hours x 12 = 120)
Preparing for small group in-class presentations. (2.5 hours x 12 = 30)
Assignment planning, drafting and writing. = 114 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- In class responses to guided reading tasks set for each class.
- In-class group presentations in response to tasks set during the sessions.
- Personal, face to face assignment discussion meetings.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentation15 minute oral presentation100.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:49:54


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