Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Methodologies - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Materials Development (50%) , Presentation (15%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit presents a brief historical overview of methods, approaches and techniques used in teaching English to speakers of other languages then focuses on language classroom practices that address the needs of culturally diverse and language minority students. Students have the opportunity to discuss, evaluate and apply theories and principles to hands-on teaching practices while developing their own lesson plans.

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

  1. evaluate lesson materials in terms of suitability for English language learners, considering cultural and linguistic differences and similarities
  2. review second language learning theories related to language teaching approaches
  3. develop a learning environment which maximises the learning potential of language learners through integrating content knowledge and language skills
  4. identify the principles behind the various teaching approaches and incorporate these principles into lesson design.
  • Assignment — Materials Development (50%)
  • Presentation (15%)
  • Report (35%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Admission to degree required; Access to Internet; Provide an email address

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.

1TESOL: principles and terminology
2Class interaction & individual differences
3SLA theories underpinning language teaching
4Historical overview of TESOL methods
5Communicative language teaching (CLT)
6Task-based language teaching (TBLT)
7Content-based instruction & CILL
8Lesson planning techniques
9Teaching reading
10Teaching writing
11Teaching listening & speaking
12Teaching grammar & vocabulary

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Quizzes
  • 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.

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