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ET9C4 - Management in Leadership in TESOL

  • Module code: ET9C4
  • Module name: Management in Leadership in TESOL
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is intended for students who are involved in, or expect to become involved in, the management of ELT departments and institutions. It aims to provide students with an overview of key aspects of management and common issues facing managers working in the field of English language teaching in a constantly-changing and increasingly regulated environment. It will look at management theory and some of the principles underlying good management practice and sound leadership, and consider the realities of applying theory to practice. By the end of the course students should have the knowledge, awareness and strategies needed to make and implement effectively decisions as managers and leaders of institutions/programmes – both public and private sector – for the benefit of the programmes themselves, students and staff. The course will place greatest emphasis on practice and performance, and students will be encouraged to reflect on their experience whether as managers themselves or as members of a managed team. Key themes will include (but not be limited to) communication skills, team-building, performance management and staff development, managing conflict, programme development and evaluation, financial management, and recruitment.

Principal learning outcomes

An understanding of key current issues facing managers working in ELT contexts; an understanding of the regulatory context of ELT; knowledge of key theories/models of educational management and leadership; an understanding and appreciation of the particular expectations and challenges facing ELT managers, and a suite of strategies for responding to them effectively; an understanding of sound recruitment practices and of systems, procedures and legal requirements that may apply; knowledge of the basic principles of marketing; an understanding of budgets and financial planning; the ability to manage programme development; an appreciation of how to deploy staff effectively and manage their performance and professional development; a deeper understanding of human relations and of the importance of ‘emotional intelligence’ as a critical skill in effective management/leadership; the ability to maintain an optimal balance between control/autonomy and delegation/consultation. The overarching learning outcome of this module is to equip participants with increased awareness of the requirements and challenges of management, a sensitivity to what is going around them both professionally and personally and to respond appropriately and effectively, and the theoretical and practical knowledge and wisdom to meet the real world challenges and demands that typically face ELT managers.

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 2 hour face-to-face sessions delivered in lecture/seminar format

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Other essential notes

10 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: ET9C4-10)
A (Assessed work only) 2000 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 Social Science Research (L98A) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught TESOL (X9PR) - Year 1