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ET9B5 - Foundations of TESOL Professional Practice

  • Module code: ET9B5
  • Module name: Foundations of TESOL Professional Practice
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module is designed to complement the Language Teaching Methodology module which focusses on the theoretical approaches to language teaching. Theories will be implemented and explored through actual classroom practice. Students will plan and design their own lesson in a collaborative environment with input from peers and tutors. The programme aims to provide an introduction to practical classroom techniques in the English language classroom; introduce students to a range of practical classroom management and teaching techniques. This will include, for example; general classroom management, lesson planning, methods, principles and approaches to teaching all four skills; offer students the opportunity to engage in a carefully structured action research project in which they will, briefly design and teach a short lesson to their peers; research areas for improvement; teach a second lesson incorporating insights from research; evaluate the change; by engaging with the above action research project, to introduce students to research techniques, methodology and presentation.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to critically evaluate and appropriately select a range of techniques and practices appropriate for a specific group of learners and be able to demonstrate the practical application of these in their own teaching and lesson planning; draw on methodological principles and theories of language learning to develop their own and others’ teaching practice; develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the approaches, instruments and methodologies used in classroom research .

Timetabled teaching activities

12 x 2 hour mixed mode sessions (lecture/workshop/seminar) (two per week); 4 x 2 hours (practical peer teaching sessions)

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Other essential notes

20 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: ET9B5-20)
A1 (Assessed work only) Summative written assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1