Developments in TEFL

Centre for Modern Languages, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

College of Arts and Law


Code 24184

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 & 2

Other pre-requisites 09 20824

Module description

This module extends students’ understanding of how languages are learnt and develops their knowledge of linguistic theory and methods of teaching. It also explores how individuals differ in their approach to learning a foreign/second language, as well as issues in learner autonomy. It looks at evaluation of teaching, the role of reflective practice and aspects of professional development. Students will develop their practical teaching skills through hands-on teaching practice activities and learn about research methods in TEFL. They will undertake a substantial project relating to the teaching of English as a foreign or second language (e.g. critique of a specific language course). The project might involve collection of language learning/teaching materials, interviews (with tutors or students), observation of teaching, evaluation of course design, classroom methodology, assessment strategies, and a survey of learners’ responses and attitudes.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, workshops, practicals