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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 3)

Module titleTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Level 3)
Module codeELC3800
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Jeanette Lewin (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

ELC3800 provides an opportunity to hone your teaching skills, reflect on classroom observations, your own teaching and learning experiences and gain insights into these through exploring second language acquisition theories and broader educational theories.  You will critically examine methodology used in communicative language teaching to enable you to construct your own pedagogical principles and techniques to take forward into future teaching. This module does not provide a teaching qualification but enables you to gain valuable experience if considering going on to do a PGCE, Master’s in Education or pursue a career in TESOL.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The module aims to equip you with:

  • Critical awareness of methods and approaches in language teaching
  • An understanding of constructive alignment within a curriculum and techniques for scaffolding learning
  • The skills to design and deliver a series of purposeful lessons that demonstrate intercultural awareness and meet the needs of the learners
  • The ability to analyse discourse, highlight, concept check and correct language

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Show competence in the use of specialised ELT terminology in describing language, skills and methodology.
  • 2. Show a critical understanding of pedagogical concepts in language learning and teaching.
  • 3. Design TESOL resources and produce coherent lesson plans

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 4. Critically evaluate the significance of information and show a good level of analytical skills
  • 5. Demonstrate practical abilities, e.g. giving clear instructions and eliciting responses
  • 6. 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...

  • 7. Act autonomously with minimal supervision within agreed guidelines
  • 8. Interact effectively within a team and assume responsibility for your individual and joint contributions
  • 9. Reflect on your teaching and learning and provide feedback on elements of your study
  • 10. Operate effectively in complex and unpredictable contexts and in a manner appropriate to the discipline

Syllabus plan

Learner context and learner variables


Exploring learning: constructivism and humanism

Language acquisition theories and their application

Preparation and support for lesson observations and observation journal

Methods and approaches in ELT

Scaffolding learning

Becoming a reflective practitioner

Demonstration lessons and reflection in preparation for teaching practice

Planning, creating and delivering a current issues syllabus to a class of international students

Critical analysis of TESOL methods and approaches and examining pedagogical principles

Connecting theory, research and practice

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 activities68Seminars and practical classes, asynchronous input and collaborative activities, including observations and interviews
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities10Supervised 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 preparation and writing up assignments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Formative teaching practice30 minutes1-3, 5, 7-10Spoken and written
Assignment tutorials3x 30 minutes + optional drop-in1, 2, 4, 7, 9Spoken

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
Observation Journal201000 word reflective essay and Sway portfolio1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9Written
Teaching practice402 x 30 minutes1-3, 5, 7-10Spoken and written
Assignment: pedagogical principles403000 words1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9Written

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Observation JournalResubmission1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9To be arranged before the end of May
Teaching practiceTeaching the assessors1-3, 5, 7-10To be arranged before the end of May
Assignment: pedagogical principlesResubmission1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9To be arranged before the end of May

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Aubrey, K. and Riley, A. (2018) Understanding and using educational theories (2nd edition) Kortext | EPUB Reader

Farr, F. 2015. Practice in TESOL. : Edinburgh University Press. Available at

Farr, F. & Murray, L.  2016. The Routledge handbook of language learning and technology.  London: Routledge.  Available at

Harmer, J. 2007. How to teach English. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.

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

Lightbown, P.M. & Spada, N. (2013). How languages are learned.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. Full details and actions for How Languages are Learned 4th edition ( pp130-133

Spiro J. (2013). Changing Methodologies in TESOL. : Edinburgh University Press pp40-41

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

British Council Teaching English:  TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Modern English Teacher/English Teaching Professional Home | MET ( 


Key words search

TESOL, TEFL, teaching abroad, teaching assistant

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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