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ET321: Issues in TESOL


Teaching English is a practical skill and this module aims to help you further develop your understanding of language learning and teaching through both theory and practice.

In the lectures, you will have the chance to deepen your understanding of lesson planning, classroom management and the principles underlying vocabulary, grammar and skills teaching and you will put this into practice in the seminars. At the beginning of the module, this will involve micro-teaching and lessons to your peers and this will then develop into lessons to a small group of adult English language learners from the Coventry area. These classes will be video recorded to aid your reflection on your teaching and you will learn about the importance of reflection for teachers at all stages of their careers.

The assessment is closely related to practical teaching and involves developing your own material for the classroom and showing how a lesson can be planned from a coursebook.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students should.
  • Be able to analyse learners’ needs and address them through appropriate choice of teaching approach and materials.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of those grammatical structures and phonological features of English likely to prove difficult for learners.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of learner and teacher roles in the process of language learning.
  • Analyse, evaluate and make use of a range of materials and techniques for teaching grammar, lexis and pronunciation, and for helping learners develop their language skills generally.

Learning Experience


Core content will be presented during weekly 2-hour lectures.


We will meet in a weekly 1-hour small-group seminar to practice and apply course concepts.



2000-word assignment (60%)


2-hour written examination (40%)

Preparatory Reading

  • Ball, M. J. (Ed.). (2010). Routledge handbook of sociolinguistics around the world. New York: Routledge.
  • Bayley, R., Cameron, R., & Lucas, C. (Eds.). (2013). The Oxford handbook of sociolinguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Academic Staff

Lynnette Richards