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LING3005 Language Teaching Theory and Practice

Module Overview

This unit examines the theory and practice of language teaching and explores 'reflective practice' as a set of skills that can be applied to your future working life.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • • the needs and motivation of language learners
  • • teaching languages for specific purposes
  • • the role of the teacher
  • • the place of methods in language teaching
  • • principles of syllabus design
  • • ‘alternative’ approaches to teaching
  • • critical pedagogy
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • • evaluate a learner’s needs in relation to their learning context
  • • describe how the learner’s motivation influences 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


The module aims to give you a critical understanding of some of the principles, issues and activities underlying the teaching of a foreign language, with particular reference to English. While the main focus of the module will be on broader issues such as needs and motivation, module design and appropriate pedagogy. These will be dealt with in terms of pedagogical issues such as the teaching of skills or culture, classroom management and dealing with error.

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 • reading and critiquing academic papers Innovative or special features of this module  weekly practical tasks feed into sessions  learning log feeds into sessions and into assessement

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Stern, H H (1983). Fundamental concepts of language teaching. 

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

Lightbown, P and Spada, N (1993). How languages are learned. 

Swann, M (1995). Practical English Usage. 

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


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
Practical task 50%
Review 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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