Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
Academic Year
Available semesters 1 and 2
Mutually Exclusive
or IC31920
External Examiners
  • Ms Susan Barwick (Director of Centre for English Language Learning - De Montfort University)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 20 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment The International Student Profile  2500 words. This assignment involves carrying out and writing up a case study of an international learner of English. The students are matched with international learners of English at the IEC in week 3 of the Semester (1 or 2). They 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, 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.  60%
Semester Assessment The Unknown Language Experience  2000 words. 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). The teacher providing the language classes is an English language tutor at the IEC. 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. group work, error correction and feedback) in the light of the experience.  40%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Failed assignments must be retaken if the student's combined final mark falls below 40% (to a maximum 4,500 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Show competence in working with and supporting the English language learner in the area of diagnostic assessment, and lesson preparation and delivery.

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

Apply appropriate knowledge in describing and discussing a range of language learning approaches and teaching methods

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; learning a language unfamiliar to them; and working with
an international student of English.


• Introduction to the TESOL Module
• Introduction to some key areas of TESOL and key areas of TESOL worksheet
• Introduction to some key areas of TESOL
• Mainstream approaches to language teaching
• Set up peer teaching task
• Peer teaching
• History of language teaching and an account of the learner
• The CEFR
• Speaking skills and activities
• Learner errors
• Unknown language
• Learning styles
• Classroom management
• Receptive skills
• Lesson planning – PPP and TBL
• Lexis and vocab
• Vocab learning strategies
• Guided discovery
• Tenses
• Parts of speech
• Level descriptors for writing
• Examples from ELT coursebooks
• Focus on grammar and functions
• The position of technology in language teaching
• Useful websites and resources
• Phonemic chart and other aspects of pronunciation
• Technology and social media
• Authentic materials
• Language in use
• Creativity in language learning
• Teaching young learners
• Jobs in TESOL and the TESOL community

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication .Skills in writing assignments in different genres ie. report and reflective account. Skills in communicating with students who are learners of English
Improving own Learning and Performance Reflection on learning and performance in teaching individual learner.
Information Technology Use of social networks for learning and participating in a community of practice.
Personal Development and Career planning Advice and discussion on TESOL jobs, knowledge and use of professional TESOL forums.
Problem solving Skills in identifying learner weaknesses and needs and providing ways in which the learner can work on these
Research skills Skills in research ethics i.e. asking permission from the learner - as a subject of the student’s case study -to record and make available information about them; using a pseudonym for/concealing the identity of the learner.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Group tasks and discussion during seminars and workshops.


This module is at CQFW Level 5