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LING2007 Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Module Overview

This unit will introduce you to key issues, concepts and methods in teaching English as a second/foreign language.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the importance of feeder disciplines (linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, etc.) to language teaching
  • the place of English as a world language
  • the role of the teacher
  • communicative language teaching
  • principles of syllabus design
  • the nature of needs analysis
  • teaching English for specific purposes
  • the good language learner
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate a current programme and say whether it meets certain criteria
  • describe how the learner’s own approach to the language class affects the learning outcomes
  • apply theoretical models to case studies.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • work effectively in a team
  • prepare and deliver oral presentations
  • plan and organise your own learning schedule
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • plan a language programme based on sound pedagogical principles and on an analysis of students’ needs


In this module, you will learn about key issues, concepts and methods involved in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Topics to be covered will range from the broader aspects of the place of English as a world language through more specific teaching issues of the roles of the teacher and learner in the language classroom, the nature of communicative competence and its relationship to communicative language teaching, and programme design and the needs of language students. By the end of the module, you will have a good overview of the field and be in a position to relate your knowledge of the central concerns of teaching and learning to your subsequent study of language.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include  seminars  workshops Learning activities include  individual study  preparing presentations and discussions in small groups  conducting observations/interviews and small research projects

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Carter, R. & D. Nunan (2001). The Cambridge guide to teaching English to speakers of other languages. 

Harmer, J. (2001). The practice of English language teaching. 

Graddol, D (1997). The future of English?. 

Harmer, J. (1998). How to teach English. 

Crystal, D. (1997). English as a global language. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  guidance on oral presentations  discussion of written assignments (in advance and after completion)


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 50%
Learning log 10%
Reflective report 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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