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ET9C5 - Practical Teaching Methodology

  • Module code: ET9C5
  • Module name: Practical Teaching Methodology
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to provide an opportunity for MA students who are already qualified and experienced teachers to reflect on and develop their practical teaching skills, critically evaluating and linking these to relevant TESOL literature.

Principal learning outcomes

Demonstrate a practical understanding of theories and concepts relevant to TESOL practice; critically evaluate classroom practices and link experience to theory and concepts within the TESOL literature; demonstrate key practical teaching skills in the following areas, linking these to cutting edge research in the TESOL literature; plan effective and appropriate learning content for a specific group of learners; create an engaging and motivating learning environment; teach language systems effectively (grammar, vocabulary and functional language); teach receptive and productive skills effectively; participate constructively in feedback of self and peers, demonstrating ability to critically reflect on practice and understand theoretical underpinnings of effective teaching.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will consist of seminars, in which the students will be supported in their lesson planning and practical teaching classes in which they will each teach a 30-minute part of a 2 hour long lesson. This practical session will also involve them observing their peers and participating in observation tasks and oral feedback. There will be a focus on particular teaching themes week by week. These will include the role of teacher language, correction and feedback, promoting a communicative approach and analysing and adapting course books for local contexts. Approaches such as Dogme and the Lexical Approach will also be considered.

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Other essential notes

10 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: ET9C5-10)
A (Assessed work only) Practical execution of 1 (of 3) observed lessons 30%
  Lesson Plan and Execution (500 word equivalent) 20%
  Reflection on Lesson (1000 words) 50%

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