Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
TESOL Approaches, Methods and Teaching Techniques
Academic Year
Semester 1
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Peer Teaching Portfolio  3,000 words  60%
Semester Assessment Unknown Language Report  2,000 words. Reflective report  40%
Supplementary Assessment Peer Teaching Portfolio  3,000 words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Reflective language report  2,000 words  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding language systems and skills in TESOL for teaching purposes.

2. Demonstrate an ability to reflect on own learning and teaching experience through description, investigation and evaluation. 

3. Plan lessons appropriately in accordance with standard practices in TESOL.

4. Deliver and review lessons in accordance with good practice in TESOL.

5. Apply a working knowledge and understanding in describing and discussing a range of language approaches and methods.

6. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key pedagogical concepts and practices in English language teaching.

Brief description

In this module, students will investigate the teaching of language systems and the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. They will become versed in mainstream teaching approaches and methods in TESOL and will be introduced to more fringe approaches and methods. Key practical skills such as classroom management and giving instructions will also be focused on in the module seminars.

Students will be able to apply their TESOL knowledge and develop these teaching skills through a series of short peer teaching sessions. They will also take part as a language learner in 2 language classes, in which they can observe and experience best practices in TESOL. Successful completion of this module is a pre-requisite for the optional Teaching Practice summer course.


Building a model of good teaching practice via prior learning experiences. The lecture and the classroom. Giving instructions and classroom management.

Peer-teaching 1. Introduction to reflective writing. Historical overview and mainstream approaches in language teaching. Communicative language teaching and information-gap.

Focus on language. Guided discovery approach to language presentations. Learner errors and types of correction.

Unknown language lessons. Reflective writing. Situational language presentations and form, function and phonology.

Peer-teaching 2. Teaching the Speaking skill. Teacher as facilitator and other roles. Groupwork and pairwork and setting tasks. Communicative activities and Task-based Language learning (TBL).

Controlled practice activities and published materials. Teaching pronunciation and interactive drills. Lesson planning and PPP model. Lesson planning and TBL.

Peer-teaching 3. Teaching the listening and reading skills. Authentic texts in language teaching. Focusing on language in texts. Noticing.

Lexical sets and heuristics for teaching lexis and vocab. Technologies for teaching and learning vocab inside and outside the classroom.

Peer-teaching 4. Language teaching and creativity. Teaching the Writing skill.

Jobs in TESOL. Young learners. Teenagers and classroom management.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students are required to present ideas and learning points orally in a clear and succinct form. Students are encouraged to give constructive feedback on their peers’ teaching performance
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will receive feedback from both tutors and peers. They will be expected to respond to feedback positively and constructively.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to use software tools and modern technologies in preparation for and during their peer teaching.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be required reflect on their professional performance through tutor feedback on a) their teaching and b) their assessed work.
Problem solving Much of the learning activities in the seminars are informed by a guided discovery approach. Students therefore will be involved in individual or collaborative problem solving.
Research skills Students will be required to work with language points so that they are clear, digestible and memorable for language learners.
Subject Specific Skills English language analysis. Presentation of English language points. Managing a group of student-learners.
Team work Students are engaged in collaborative activities and team-based discussion. ​


This module is at CQFW Level 5