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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 1)

Module titleTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 1)
Module codeELC1801
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Jeanette Lewin (Convenor)

Jeanette Lewin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

TESOL (previously known as TEFL) refers to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In this module you learn about methodology used in communicative language teaching, and develop your classroom presence and classroom management skills through practical input sessions and peer teaching practice. You will examine the grammar, vocabulary and phonology of the English language and learn how to plan well-staged purposeful lessons. The module does not lead to a teaching qualification, but you will have the opportunity to progress to the second and third level TESOL modules ELC2800 and ELC3800. 

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop your language awareness and critical thinking about your own learning, as well as introduce you to basic concepts of language teaching and the skills required to be an effective language teacher. It provides a sound basis for continuation to Level 2 (ELC2800).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of and basic analytical skills in the fields of English grammar, phonology, lexis and discourse
  • 2. Show an understanding of basic pedagogical concepts in language teaching and demonstrate an understanding of approaches to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 3. Show a good level of analytical skills
  • 4. Demonstrate practical abilities, e.g. in explaining and exemplifying
  • 5. Show proficiency in your oral and written abilities in describing language and language learning approaches

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 6. Display a sense of organisation and time management
  • 7. Use reference materials effectively
  • 8. Demonstrate the ability to work productively and cooperatively in a team

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Icebreaker activities and building rapport

Understanding teaching contexts and responsibilities

Using basic concepts and terminology of communicative language teaching

Highlighting vocabulary in the classroom: identifying features of lexis, selecting key items, integrating lexis into a lesson and concept checking

Developing classroom presence and classroom management techniques

Establishing aims and intended learning outcomes; structuring a purposeful lesson and writing a detailed lesson plan

Giving instructions and modifying language

Highlighting phonology: transcribing in and out of phonemic script; making word stress

Adapting and supplementing coursebook materials to structure an integrated skills lesson around a reading text

Justifying a lesson plan


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 teaching40Seminars and practical classes (includes supervised peer teaching), asynchronous input and collaborative activities.
Guided independent study8Designing materials for teaching practice, writing up lesson plans, self- assessment and reflection on teaching practice
Guided independent study40Research (includes observation of video-recorded classes), preparation and writing up tasks and assignments
Guided independent study62Reading and research


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Microteaching10 minutes5Oral
Lesson plan500 word equivalent1, 2, 4Oral and written
Draft PowerPoint slides and oral rationale20 minutes1, 2, 4, 6, 8Verbal
Draft section of assignment300 words1-3, 5-7Written

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
Teaching practice (peer teaching)3515 minutes1, 2, 4, 6, 8Oral and written
Written assignment: lesson plan and justification651,500 words (including lesson plan and worksheets)1-7Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Teaching practiceTeaching a lesson to the assessors1, 2, 4, 6, 8To be arranged before end of May
Written assignment: lesson plan and justificationResubmission1-7To be arranged before end of May


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Harmer, J. 2007. How to teach English. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.armer, 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 are uploaded to enable students to self-assess.

TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

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Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

TESOL, TEFL, teaching abroad, language assistant

Credit value15
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