Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 1)

Module titleTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 1)
Module codeELC1801
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Nicola James Davies (Convenor)

Jeanette Lewin (Convenor)

Luke Adams (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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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 intercultural competence, 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 teacher. It provides a sound basis for continuation to Level 2 (ELC2800). A variety of assessment types are used in order to help you develop transferable skills and enhance your employability.

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
  • 3. Use core TESOL resources and be familiar with the main categories of learning materials within this area

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 4. Show a good level of analytical skills
  • 5. Demonstrate practical abilities, e.g. in explaining and exemplifying
  • 6. 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...

  • 7. Reflect on your knowledge and the effectiveness of your learning strategies, monitor your own progress and provide feedback to peers and staff on elements of your study
  • 8. Display a sense of organisation and time management
  • 9. Use reference materials effectively
  • 10. Show increased awareness of personal and professional requirements for teaching and demonstrate self-awareness and cultural sensitivity
  • 11. Demonstrate the ability to work productively and cooperatively in a team

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

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

Describing and analysing noun grammar

Describing and analysing verb grammar

Understanding teaching contexts and responsibilities

Using basic concepts and terminology of communicative language teaching

Developing classroom presence and classroom management techniques

Giving instructions and modifying language

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

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, in-class test and tutorials)
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
Microteaching5 minutes5, 7, 10Oral
Lesson plan500 word equivalent1-6Oral and written
Commentary on selection of lexis150 words1-6, 9Oral and written
Practice language awareness test300 word equivalent1, 6Oral

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)3015 minutes1-3, 5, 7-11Oral and written
In-class test1075 minutes1, 6Oral and written
Written assignment: lesson plan and justification601,500 words (including lesson plan and worksheets)1-4, 6, 8-9Oral and written


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 assessors1-3, 5, 7-11To be arranged before end of May 2020
In-class testRe-sit1, 6To be arranged before end of May 2020
Written assignment: lesson plan and justificationWritten assignment: lesson plan and justification1-4, 6, 8-9To be arranged before end of May 2020


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

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 are uploaded to enable students to self-assess.




Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

TESOL, TEFL, teaching abroad

Credit value15
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