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ET9C8 - Specialism in Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning

  • Module code: ET9C8
  • Module name: Specialism in Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to develop students’ understanding of intercultural language teaching and learning and to design teaching experiences that develop intercultural capabilities. It will encourage students to think critically about the ways that language and culture are implicated in meaning making and the pedagogical consequences of this for language education. The content will include but is not limited to current theories of language, culture and intercultural understanding; the relationships between languages and cultures in meaning-making and interpretation; pedagogical approaches for teaching intercultural capabilities in languages education; assessment of intercultural capabilities. The module contributes to the development of the overall aims of the MA in TESOL suit of programmes, namely to develop knowledge and a critical understanding of theories and concepts relevant to aspects of applied linguistics and language teaching; critical understanding and awareness in selected areas of professional practice.

Principal learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, students should understand the place of intercultural capabilities in language teaching and learning; be familiar with current theories relating to the teaching of intercultural capabilities; be able to think critically about the intercultural needs of language learners; be able to evaluate materials to determine their affordances for developing intercultural capabilities of language learners; understand pedagogical practice for teaching intercultural capabilities in language education; be able to apply their knowledge of intercultural language teaching in practice.

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 2 hour lectures, 8 x 2 hour seminars

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Other essential notes

20 credits

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: ET9C8-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assignment (equivalent to 4000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


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