Subject details

  • Topics
    • TESOL: principles and terminology
    • Class interaction & individual differences
    • SLA theories underpinning language teaching
    • Historical overview of TESOL methods
    • Communicative language teaching (CLT)
    • Task-based language teaching (TBLT)
    • Content-based instruction & CILL
    • Lesson planning techniques
    • Teaching reading
    • Teaching writing
    • Teaching listening & speaking
    • Teaching grammar & vocabulary
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes

At the completion of this subject 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 1 - Materials Development (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (35%)
  • Assignment 3 - Presentation (15%)

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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject includes a basic overview of approaches, methods, and techniques used in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It focuses on developing successful classroom practices that address the learning needs and interests of culturally diverse and language minority students. Students in this subject will have the opportunity to apply what has been discussed in the workshops to hands-on teaching practices and detailed lesson planning.

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