Module Information

Module Identifier
IC31920
Module Title
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Available semesters 1 and 2
Pre-Requisite
Competence in English IELTS 7.0 is essential
External Examiners
  • Ms Susan C Barwick (Director of Centre for English Language Learning - De Montfort University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 44 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1: International Learner Profile  This assignment involves carrying out and writing up a case study of an international learner of English. Students meet individually with their learners 5 or 6 times during the semester. The assignment is written in report form and comprises the following: a biography, diagnostic assessment and needs analysis of the learner, followed by a tailored lesson based on those needs and recommendations for their future study. The assignment also requires the TESOL students to reflect on what they learnt and the effectiveness of their own practice (3,000 words)  60%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2: Unknown Language  Students are put in the position of language learners for this assignment. They receive 2 hours tuition of a language that is unknown to them (e.g. Turkish, Chinese, Swedish). Different methodologies, techniques and materials are used by the teacher. The assignment requires that the students respond to the experience in a discursive way and reflect on particular events in the lessons which were memorable for them. They are additionally prompted to discuss language teaching and learning issues (e.g. groupwork, error correction and feedback) in the light of the experience. The assignment is written in the form of a reflective report (2,000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Failed assignments must be retaken if the student's combined final mark falls below 40% (to a maximum 5,000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Show competence in working with and supporting the English language learner in the area of diagnostic assessment, and lesson preparation and delivery.
2. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on own learning experience through description, investigation and evaluation.
3. Demonstrate good analytical skills in the areas of English grammar, functions, phonology and lexis.
4. Apply appropriate knowledge in describing and discussing a range of language learning approaches and teaching methods
5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key pedagogical concepts and practices in English language teaching.




Brief description

The TESOL module is designed to provide students with the initial knowledge and skills to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages. Students will be able to strengthen their understanding of the English language, with particular reference to its grammatical and phonological features. Students will also learn about some of the key principles and methods in language teaching and learning. The module has both a theoretical and practical basis. Students will engage in activities such as peer teaching; working with an international student of English; undertaking 2 hours of classes of a language unfamiliar to them.

Aims

To enhance students employability and provide them with vocational skills particularly in the area of teaching and TESOL;
To strengthen students understanding of the English language;
To enable students to meet the needs of English language learners in lesson planning and delivery;
To enable students to participate in the TESOL community of practice.

Content


1. Introduction to TESOL (Lecture - information about the programme and group tasks)
2. Overview to mainstream approaches in language teaching (Lecture)
3. Peer teaching task x2 (workshop)

4. Brief history of language teaching & introduction to the learner (Seminar)
5. Unknown language experience x 2 (workshop)
6. An account of the learner and learning styles (Lecture)

7. Language awareness and the tenses (Lecture)
8. Guided discovery techniques for focusing on language (Lecture)
9. Feedback on learner language use (Lecture)
10. Language as skills ? introduction to the speaking skill (Lecture)

11. Speaking tasks and activities (Seminar)
12. Phonology and an overview to the phonemic chart (Lecture)
13. Pronunciation workshop (workshop)
14. Language as text and the use of authentic materials (Lecture)

15. Reading and listening in modern ELT coursebooks (Seminar)
16. Functional language and tasks (Lecture)
17. Task-based language learning (Lecture)
18. Learner levels (Lecture)

19. Communicative competence and introduction to testing (Lecture)
20. Approaches to Writing (Lecture)
21. Parts of speech and dictionary work (Lecture)
22. Lexis and vocabulary (Lecture)


23. Learner problems with phrasal verbs (Lecture)
24. Vocab learning strategies and learner independence (Seminar)
25. Lesson models (Lecture)
26. Lesson planning (Lecture)

27. Approaches revisited and online language learning (Seminar)
28. Fringe Methods x2 (workshop)
29. The position of technology in language teaching (Lecture)


30. Techniques (technology) ? learning: metaphors of acquisition and participation (Lecture)
31. The Intercultural learner (Lecture)
32. Language and culture - the culture of the classroom (Seminar)
33. Language learning through creativity (Lecture)

34. Classroom management and motivational techniques (Workshop)
35. Jobs in TESOL and the TESOL community x 2 (Workshop)
36. Critical Approaches to TESOL (Lecture)

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6