Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment - Materials development (50%) , Project (50%)

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit focuses on TESOL methods and approaches including sociolinguistics - language and culture, language and communication, varieties of English, non-verbal communication and language, discourse and error analysis. Practical teaching skills - lesson planning, presenting new language, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills will also be covered.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. evaluate materials in terms of suitability to learners, considering cultural differences and similarities of learners
  2. provide learners with strategies for learning English as a Second Language
  3. structure a learning environment which maximises the learning potential of learners while providing meaningful practice of the macro-skills
  4. analyse discourse and the way language is socially constructed
  5. identify the principles behind the main language syllabus types and incorporate these principles into lesson design.
  • Assignment — Materials development (50%)
  • Project (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Needs analysis and teaching by principles
2Multiple Intelligences and leaning styles and strategies
3Second language learning and acquisition
4Historical overview of teaching methods
5Content-based and task-based instruction
6Competence, proficiency and standards
7Curriculum design and lesson planning techniques
8Integration of the four skills
9Teaching grammar and vocabulary
10Classroom assessment techniques and applications
11Test construction on four skills
12Technology-enhanced instruction

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • The Practice of English Language Teaching with DVD

    By:Harmer, Jeremy

    ISBN: 9781447980254


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Techniques and Principles in L anguage Teaching

    By:Diane Larsen-Freeman & Marti A

    ISBN: 9780194423601


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to


    ISBN: 9780133925852


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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