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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELU5005M Practitioner Development and Scholarship

15 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Alex Ding

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Prior learning to Level 6 (undergraduate degree or equivalent)

- Either: a post graduate teaching qualification (Diploma; Post Graduate Certificate; Masters) and/or minimum 2 years fulltime or cumulative experience of teaching in higher education or teaching English for Specific Purposes.

- Minimum English language expertise at 7 overall in IELTS with a minimum of 7 in all components; C1 CEFR


ELU5001MParticipants, Practices & Pedagogies in Academic Communicati
ELU5002MKnowledge, Politics and Cultures in Academia

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

By completing this module, participants will obtain an in-depth critical understanding of the many factors that influence professional development of the self and the field as well as of developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to contribute to the field through scholarship.


In this module you will develop an understanding of factors influencing professional development of the self and the field and an understanding of approaches to professional development that enhances practitioner agency through a focus on expertise, knowledge and practices.

This module also focuses on practitioner scholarship. We will examine the concept of scholarship and related concepts, such as practitioner research. We will also examine the purposes of scholarship, ways of conducting scholarship and of contributing to the field.

We will analyse the relationship between scholarship and student education, how scholarship informs and is informed by teaching materials, pedagogy, syllabus and assessment.

Learning outcomes
Pedagogical knowledge:

1. demonstrate an understanding of the roles of professional development and scholarship in teaching and an ability to practically apply these in professional practices.

Discipline knowledge:

2. demonstrate an understanding of contributions to the field that practitioners can make.

3. analyse current issues in professional development and scholarship within the field of EAP.

Research and professional competency:

4. take a pro-active and self-directed approach to professional development and to a scholarship-informed teaching and learning.

5. make a scholarship contribution

Skills outcomes
EAP Professional Development


The module may include topics such as: analyses of basic concepts including professional development, scholarship, practitioner research, field and discipline, agency, expertise, practices and contribution to the field; ethics and ethos of scholarship; approaches to professional development and scholarship and their relationships to student education.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours109.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Draft of Academic development plan (750 words)

Draft of Annotated bibliography (3-5 entries of around 150 words each)

Draft of Poster

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster PresentationStudents disseminate their scholarship25.00
Written WorkAnnotated Bibliography: 8-12 entries of around 150 words each50.00
Written WorkAcademic Development Plan: 750 words25.00
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: 19/12/2023


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