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ET9C6 - Specialism in Classroom Motivation

  • Module code: ET9C6
  • Module name: Specialism in Classroom Motivation
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This optional module is designed for MA TESOL students who wish to develop specialist expertise in understanding and managing language learner motivation in the TESOL classroom. The module aims to provide a thorough grounding in relevant theories and concepts of motivation, building on the introduction to this topic in the Term 1 core module ‘SLA Insights for TESOL Practice’. It further aims to raise critical awareness of internal and external factors affecting learner motivation; provide pedagogical insights into how to manage these factors and how to promote effective self-regulation of motivation; and highlight issues for possible dissertation research or areas for future professional inquiry.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of motivation theories and concepts relevant to TESOL practice; understand the complexity of individual and social processes shaping learner motivation in the classroom; understand critical challenges for learner motivation in own professional and cultural contexts; develop principled approaches to supporting and enhancing learner motivation in the classroom; develop principled approaches to promoting motivational self-regulation.

Timetabled teaching activities

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

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Other essential notes

20 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: ET9C6-20)
A (Assessed work only) Personal Reflective Project (4000 words) 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