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ET9C9 - Specialism in Teacher Education and Development

  • Module code: ET9C9
  • Module name: Specialism in Teacher Education and Development
  • 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 teacher training and development. The module aims to provide a thorough grounding in relevant theories and concepts of teacher training, development, training contexts and mentoring. It further aims to raise critical awareness of contextual factors affecting teacher training; provide pedagogical insights into how to manage these contextual factors and how to promote effective development and CPD; and highlight issues for possible dissertation research or areas for future professional inquiry. In more specific terms, it aims to develop an understanding of the theoretical educational underpinnings of different approaches to teacher education, development and training in various contexts (e.g. INSET, PRESET etc.). This will include reflecting on innovation in these contexts and devising appropriate research plans for monitoring training and development programmes; the ability to reflect on innovation in the above contexts; the ability to develop an appropriate research plan for monitoring training and development programmes; a strong understanding of the need to accommodate to particular trainee needs and particular cultural, educational and language contexts. The need to accommodate particular trainee needs and the effects of cultural, educational and language contexts will be emphasised; to provide a practical opportunity for reflection in and on action when mentoring pre-service teachers.

Principal learning outcomes

Participants will show a profound knowledge and critical understanding of good principles and theoretical constructs of educational and applied linguistics training and development concepts (e.g. constructivism), in designing and developing training and development courses, and articulating key aspects of these in different contexts; reflect on and articulate key aspects of their teacher training and development context; select appropriate input and text material, and critically evaluate existing training schemes and materials.

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: ET9C9-20)
A (Assessed work only) Oral Presentation of Assignment Focus 20%
  3500 word written assignment 80%

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