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LING6041 Developing Approaches to Language Teaching

Module Overview

This module builds on your knowledge of language teaching methodologies developed in LING6022. It will focus on current issues in language teaching methodologies and address more specialised and advanced areas taking a synchronic approach to analysis of pedagogy to complement the diachronic approach implicit in LING6022. It will address the implementation and adaptation of methodologies. It will build on your knowledge of the theoretical framework for CLT and develop examples of practice. We will examine the cultural context of language teaching and focus on the learner, the classroom environment and practical implementations of language teaching.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The ability to collaborate with peers in small groups to co-construct a lesson plan and supporting resources.
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • An understanding of current issues in language teaching methodology
  • Knowledge of the applications of applied linguistic concepts to the teaching of languages
  • Critical insights into language teaching methodologies and their applicability in diverse contexts
  • Awareness of new trends in the design of teaching materials
  • The ability to make Links between theory and practice, teaching and pedagogic principles


This module will focus on the development of understanding the links between theory and appropriate practice in the language classroom. Topics dealt with in the sessions will include: • Critical approaches to language teaching • Culturally appropriate pedagogy • Learner issues in language teaching • Syllabus development and the design of appropriate materials • Teaching language to adults • Teaching languages for specific purposes and the analysis of needs • Future developments in language teaching

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • workshops • interactive group sessions Learning activities include • individual study • preparing presentations and discussions in small groups • giving group or individual presentations on classroom issues • conducting observations/interviews • developing and presenting practical classroom materials Innovative or special features of this module • weekly practical tasks feed into sessions • practical evaluation of materials for communicative language teaching

Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Wider reading or practice30
Completion of assessment task36
Practical classes and workshops12
Follow-up work20
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Carter R. & Nunan D. (Eds.) (2001). Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 

Widdowson, H.G. (2003). Defining Issues in Language Teaching. 

Knapp, K & Seidlhofer, B (Eds) (2009). Handbook of Foreign Language Communication and Learning. 

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2004). Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Classroom focused study  (2500 words) 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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