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ET972 - Professional Practice: English Language Teaching

  • Module code: ET972
  • Module name: Professional Practice: English Language Teaching
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to enable experienced classroom practitioners to develop skills in syllabus, course and materials design. The course will familiarise students with theories, trends and issues in this field but will primarily aim to develop the practical skills of syllabus and course design and materials writing and evaluation. An important element of this course is the idea of ‘presentation’ – considering how we can best present materials. It will cover topics such as: syllabus design – linguistic and non-linguistic bases for syllabus; product and process-based approaches to syllabus; conceptual issues in materials design; the relationship between a syllabus, learners’ needs, SLA theory and the teaching context; designing an ELT course; developing materials (selecting texts, devising learning activities and tasks, recycling and revising, developing core and supplementary materials, writing the teacher’s guide, etc); production issues in materials writing; the role of testing and the writing of tests.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have enhanced their practical skills in syllabus and course design and materials writing and evaluation. In particular, students will be able to articulate the relationship between the linguistic and psychological underpinnings of different approaches to course design; consider the relationship between syllabus, materials and methods in ELT; articulate the practical implications of adopting different approaches and principles in undertaking course and materials design; consider ways in which course and materials development need to accommodate particular learner needs and particular cultural, educational and language contexts; be able to design courses and materials consistent with different theoretical frameworks and which are appropriate for different needs, levels and situations; evaluate, select and adapt materials suitable for different needs and levels of learner.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weeks 1-10 in Term 2, made up of input sessions, seminars and workshop activities

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Other essential notes

30 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: ET972-30)
A (Assessed work only) Essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught English Language Teaching (X9P4) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught English Language Teaching (X9P4) - Year 3