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ET9B2 - Foundations of TESOL Methodology

  • Module code: ET9B2
  • Module name: Foundations of TESOL Methodology
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to enable students with little or no full-time teaching experience to develop their careers in TESOL and associated fields. The module aims to deepen the students’ systematic understanding and critical awareness of the trends and debates in modern ELT pedagogy by building on students’ previous learning, teaching and life experience; facilitate the students’ awareness and critical evaluation of current practice and research concerning TESOL methodology; develop a comprehensive understanding among students of how TESOL methodologies are (often) rooted in psychological, socio-cultural and educational theory; apply the insights gained above to areas of concern in their own teaching / learning contexts and their own future professional practice.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of principal methodological approaches relevant to TESOL practice; develop principled approaches to managing classroom interaction and activities; critically evaluate, choose and use methodologies that are appropriate to the needs of learners and stakeholders in the students own teaching and learning context.

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 2 hour lectures (i.e. one lecture per week), 8 x 1 hour seminars (i.e. one seminar per week)

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Other essential notes

15 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ET9B2-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word written assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Drama Education and English Language Teaching (X3BA) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1