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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Principles of language teaching
    • SLA theories underpinning language teaching & corrective feedback
    • Historical overview of language teaching methods
    • Communicative language teaching (CLT)
    • Task-based language teaching (TBLT)
    • Content-based instruction & CLIL
    • Lesson planning standards and materials evaluation
    • Classroom assessment techniques (CATs) and applications
    • Reading & Writing
    • Listening & Speaking
    • Grammar & vocabulary
    • Technology-enhanced instruction & funds of knowledge
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  1. evaluate lesson materials and language teaching approaches that take into account the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of English language teachers
  2. interpret second language learning theories related to language teaching approaches
  3. design optimal learning activities that engage learners through integrating the content knowledge and language skills
  4. incorporate key methodological principles associated with the various teaching approaches into subject planning.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (15%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Exercise (50%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-TESOL568

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject presents a critical survey of language teaching approaches and methods both historically and currently. The theoretical underpinnings and methodological principles of second/foreign and additional language teaching are discussed and evaluated. Students in the subject demonstrate their understanding of the philosophies and principles behind how we learn language by designing a plan for a subject of work which integrates content knowledge, contextual fit and language skills.

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