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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 year2024/5
Module staff

Jeanette Lewin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

ELC1801 provides a practical and theoretical introduction to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and ways in which a teacher can engage learners and facilitate learning.  You will examine language and skills from a learner’s perspective and explore aspects such as establishing a positive classroom climate and implementing classroom management techniques.  The seminars include ‘hands-on’ practice, enabling you to develop confidence in your ability to plan and deliver well-staged purposeful lessons.  This module does not provide a teaching qualification but allows you to gain valuable experience if considering teaching or working as a teaching assistant in the future.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to equip you with:

  • The knowledge and skills to bring course book materials to life and engage learners through, for example, use of personalisation or visual aids
  • Techniques for developing a confident classroom presence, giving clear instructions, and maximising student talking time
  • Awareness of skills and strategies to foster in learners
  • The ability to write purposeful lesson plans and teaching materials

awareness of lexis and phonology and techniques to highlight and concept check language in context

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 phonology, lexis and discourse
  • 2. Show an understanding of basic pedagogical concepts in communicative language teaching

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 giving clear instructions and eliciting responses
  • 5. Show proficiency in your oral and written abilities in describing teaching techniques, language and language learning strategies

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

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 course book materials to structure an integrated skills lesson around a reading text

Justifying a lesson plan


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 minutes5Verbal
Lesson plan500 word equivalent1, 2, 4Verbal and Written
Draft PowerPoint slides and oral rationale20 minutes1,2,4,6,8Verbal
Draft section of assignment300 wordsWritten

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, 8Verbal 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. : Pearson Education Ltd.

Harmer, J. (2021). The Practice of English Language Teaching (5th Ed.). : Pearson Education Ltd.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Course: (ELC1801) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (

TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Home | MET (


Key words search

TESOL, TEFL, teaching abroad, language assistant

Credit value15
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