Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 3)

Module titleTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 3)
Module codeELC3800
Academic year2019/0
Module staff

Nicola James Davies (Convenor)

Jeanette Lewin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

TESOL refers to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, a term that has replaced TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).  In this module you will gain practical experience of many aspects of English language teaching.  You will gain a good understanding of second language acquisition theories and critically examine methodology used in communicative language teaching.  You will learn how to further develop your classroom presence and classroom management skills through the observation of teaching professionals, practical input sessions and supervised teaching practice with international students.  You will learn how to evaluate and adapt published and authentic materials for use in the classroom, working in a team to design a syllabus for a term and plan a series of lessons.  At the same time you will examine the grammar, vocabulary and phonology of the English language system.  

It may be useful to have studied a second language to A level or above, but this is not a pre-requisite. You are expected to have studied TESOL at level 2 or have worked as a language assistant on your year abroad,

The module does not lead to a teaching qualification, unless you were accepted on a place to study for the widely recognised Trinity CertTESOL qualification alongside your degree when taking the level 2 module (ELC2800).  

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop your intercultural competence, language awareness and critical awareness of your own learning and teaching, as well as equip you with the skills to be an effective teacher.  A variety of assessment types are used in order to help you develop transferable skills and enhance your employability.  The course is particularly beneficial if you are planning to go on to do a PGCE or continue to pursue a career in TESOL.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate good analytical skills in the fields of English grammar, phonology, lexis and discourse and show competence in the use of specialised ELT terminology in describing language, both in oral and written contexts
  • 2. Show a critical understanding of pedagogical concepts in language learning and teaching
  • 3. Design, select and use TESOL resources and authentic materials appropriate to a variety of teaching contexts and produce coherent lesson plans
  • 4. Demonstrate a sufficient knowledge of home culture and institutions in order to transmit this information in a classroom situation

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Critically evaluate the significance of information and show a good level of analytical skills
  • 6. Demonstrate practical abilities, e.g. in explaining and exemplifying
  • 7. Show proficiency in your own oral and written abilities and apply appropriate knowledge in describing a range of language and language learning approaches

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Act autonomously with minimal supervision within agreed guidelines
  • 9. Interact effectively within a team or professional group and assume responsibility for your individual and joint contributions
  • 10. Manage learning resources and use English Language Teaching reference materials effectively
  • 11. Show awareness of a range of personal and professional requirements for teaching and demonstrate cultural sensitivity through knowledge and awareness of different cultures in a variety of situations
  • 12. Evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses in theoretical and practical areas of the module
  • 13. Operate effectively in complex and unpredictable contexts and in a manner appropriate to the discipline

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

    1. Reflection and revision of aspects of teaching
    2. Preparation and support for institution-based observations and observation journal
    3. Ways of incorporating lexis, grammar and phonology into lessons
    4. Exploring and adapting resources for a specific context in a local ELT institution
    5. Giving a group presentation with an interactive component
    6. Evaluating and exploiting published TESOL materials and authentic materials
    7. Planning, creating and delivering a current issues syllabus to a class of international students
    8. Review of aspects of language and language awareness test
    9. Critical issues in TESOL and examining pedagogical principles
    10. Connecting theory and practice
    11. Review of transferable skills and overview of employment and continuing professional development opportunities in TESOL

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities68Lectures and practical classes
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities103 supervised teaching practice sessions, preparation group tutorials and feedback tutorials
Guided independent study30Designing materials for teaching practice, writing up lesson plans, self assessment and reflection on teaching practice
Guided independent study182Reading and research (includes observation of a class), preparation and writing up assignments


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Teaching Practice30 minutes1,3,4,6,8-13Spoken

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Language Awareness Test1075 minutes1,5,6Written
Observation Journal151000 word reflective essay1,2,5,7,11Written
Group Presentation of Resources for a specific context1530 minutes 1 – 8, 11Spoken & written
Assignment: pedagogical principles 303,000 words1,2,5,7,8,10,11Written
Teaching practice302 x 30 minutes 1,3,4,6,8-13Spoken and written


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Language Awareness TestLanguage Awareness Test1,5,6To be arranged before the end of May 2020
Observation JournalResubmission1,2,5,7,11To be arranged before the end of May 2020
Group presentation of resourcces for a specific contextResubmissionTo be arranged before the end of May 2020
Assignment: pedagogical principles Resubmission1,2,5,7,8,10,11To be arranged before the end of May 2020
Teaching practiceTeaching the assessors1,3,4,6,8-13To be arranged before the end of May 2020


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Foley, M. & Hall, D. 2012. MyGrammarLab Intermediate B1/B2.  Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd

Harmer, J. 2015. The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th Ed.). Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

The module has an active ELE page with all course documentation and PPTs from the input sessions, as well as useful resources such as a phonemic keyboard.  Videos of teaching practice sessions are uploaded to enable students to self-assess.



Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

TESOL, TEFL, Trinity CertTESOL, teaching abroad

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

ELC 2800 or equivalent (to include some teaching practice)

Module co-requisites


NQF level (module)


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