Your five core modules are as follows:
Language Teaching Observation and Practice
This module is designed for those who are at the early stages of a teaching career (i.e. with little or no teaching experience). We will look at a number of different aspects of current TEFL methodology through classroom observation and mini-group teaching/presentations. We will be focusing on: planning and delivering a lesson; stages of a lesson and lesson progression; different types of lesson and their format; ways of exploiting published classroom materials; different ways of presenting and practicing new language; what is meant by a learner-centered approach; ways of catering for different types of learner; classroom management and structuring the learning environment; and learners’ errors and different correction techniques.
The module will be taught through a combination of face-to-face teaching, classroom observation and mini-group teaching/presentations. You will be expected to prepare and teach part of a lesson to a small group of EFL students from the university.
Second Language Learning and Teaching
In this module, the process of language acquisition is examined from a range of perspectives: [a] the linguistic knowledge that learners bring to the task; [b] how learners process input; [c] the kinds of input that help to maximise acquisition. A range of approaches to and methods of language teaching are introduced and critically evaluated in terms of their underlying principles and their efficacy, with some emphasis on the ‘Communicative Approach’. Specific techniques which illustrate the practical application of current theories and research findings in L2 acquisition and pedagogy are examined.
Syllabus and Materials Design
This module considers the problems involved in reconciling syllabus and materials design with what is known about the process of language learning and the attempts of established approaches to language syllabus design to solve such problems. The module examines a variety of approaches, including some relatively radical solutions, e.g. the establishment of a pedagogic corpus, the use of a task-based methodology, and the development of analytical exercises.
Teaching and Learning Grammar and Vocabulary
This module introduces you to the analysis of English lexico-grammar, with some emphasis on the relevance of linguistic description to language teachers – that is, on applying methods of analysis to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary. You will be encouraged to apply knowledge gained to aspects of your own professional practice.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module aims to provide you with a grounding methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics.
You will also choose two optional modules from a range which may include the following:
In the spring term -
- Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
- Corpus Assisted Language Learning
- Corpus Linguistics
- English as a Global Language
- Issues and Approaches in English for Academic Purposes
- Intercultural Communication
- Language and Gesture
- Language and New Media
- Language and the Senses
- Language, Gender and Identity
- Psycholinguistics in TESOL
- Vocabulary and Phraseology
For more information, see our English Language and Applied Linguistics module descriptions.
Please note that one of your spring term options will be linked to the Research Methods module for assessment purposes and will appear on your transcript as ‘Research Methods in Applied Linguistics’.
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.