Methods and Practice of TESOL - LL843

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 15 (7.5) DR G Chamorro







This module will give an overview of the theories and good practice which underpin TESOL. It will show how these have developed and shaped current trends in TESOL pedagogy. Recent and up-to-date research into language learning and teaching will be reviewed, evaluated and assessed for its implications for classroom practice. Current thought on the teaching of the elements and skills of language will be reviewed and assessed and applied to a variety of contexts in which TESOL takes place. Participants will be able to observe and evaluate TESOL teaching and develop their own practical teaching skills through peer group teaching, teaching small groups and or/one-to-one teaching under the supervision of experienced practitioners.


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Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20


This module is core for students studying on the MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL.

Method of assessment

Teaching practice 1 (15 minutes) - 20%;
Teaching practice 2 (30 minutes) - 40%;
Reflective journal (1500 words) - 40%

Indicative reading

Edge, J. and Garton, S. (2009) From Experience to Knowledge in ELT, Oxford, Oxford University Press;
Hall, G. (2011) Exploring English Language Teaching: Language in Action, London, Routledge;
Larsen-Freeman, D. and Anderson, M. (2011) Techniques and Principles in Language Learning, Oxford, Oxford University Press;
Scrivener, J. (2011) Learning Teaching, Oxford, Macmillan;
Scrivener, J. (2012) Classroom Management Techniques, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press;
Spiro, J. (2013) Changing Methodologies in TESOL, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate professional and confident practical classroom skills which will be underpinned by pedagogic principles and linguistic knowledge;
Students will be able to demonstrate assimilation and development of the principles of effective classroom practice;
Students will be able to evaluate language learning and teaching theory and apply this to a teaching context;
Students will be able to evaluate, through observation, language teaching in the light of research, good practice and current trends;
Students will be able to foster a critical appreciation of research into language learning and teaching and TESOL;
Students will be able to critically review a range of past and current language learning approaches, methods, strategies and techniques and assess their efficacy and use in specific contexts;
Students will be able to suggest appropriate approaches, methods, strategies for specific teaching and learning contexts

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