Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
TESOL Materials Development and Application of Technologies
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Materials project  Report 1000 Words  20%
Semester Assessment Essay  3000 Words  60%
Semester Assessment Group presentation  Presentation of a coursebook review. 80% of the presentation mark will be awarded for individual contribution and 20% will be a team mark 10 Minutes  20%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  3000 Words  60%
Supplementary Assessment Materials project  Report on a different set of materials 1000 Words  20%
Supplementary Assessment Presentation  Individual presentation on a coursebook 5 Minutes  20%

Learning Outcomes

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

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

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

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

4. Critically review published and other materials for teaching purposes

5. Choose and apply appropriate material, technologies and resources for particular purposes and distinct groups of learners.

Brief description

TESOL Materials Development and Application of Technologies will familiarize students with popular coursebooks, and other published and online materials in TESOL. They will gain skills in how to review and critique published and other materials and technologies and resources for teaching purposes. Students will have an opportunity to design, adapt and develop materials and resources for teaching distinct groups of TESOL learners. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and ideas in TESOL as well as learning about critical approaches in the field and language learning from the socio-cultural tradition.


Issues and principles in materials design in TESOL. Survey of materials and resources in mainstream TESOL practice. Introduction to well-known TESOL websites. Website review activity.

Coursebooks in TESOL, old and new. The communicative approach in modern coursebooks. Identifying the target learner in coursebooks.

The 4 skills and grammar and vocabulary in coursebooks. Sequencing and grading. Adaptation of a coursebook exercise for different levels/different profiles of learners.

Coursebook review (Team presentation). Authentic materials and language in use. Selection and adaptation. Authentic tasks.

Working through a modern coursebook unit. Supplementing, adapting or replacing with authentic/self-developed materials for particular learner profiles. Presenting language in authentic texts.

Modern technologies in TESOL. Some case studies. Review of their use and teaching/learning approaches embedded within.

Language learning softwares and apps and learner independence. Learner choice. Themes, topics and vocabulary. Learner generated materials.

Critical approaches to materials design in TESOL. Representation in published materials - of the learner’s culture or the target culture? Marginalised voices in TESOL.

TESOL technologies in the socio-cultural tradition. Some case studies of online and distance learning using social media.

Teaching with minimum materials. A demonstration with Cuisenaire rods. Further study and careers in TESOL and materials design.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Students are required to work together as a team to create and deliver a team- assessed presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be required work collaboratively to present a coursebook to peers and field questions
Information Technology Students will be shown how and encouraged to use digital technologies for designing materials and choosing appropriate resources for target groups of learners.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will be encouraged to reflect on their professional and academic performance through tutor feedback on their assessed work.
Problem solving Many 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. Regarding the materials project, students are presented with a problem of how to design and use materials for two distinct types of learner.
Research skills Students will be required to analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of coursebooks and other materials. Students will identify the teaching and learning approaches which inform the design of the material or resource.
Subject Specific Skills Techniques and principles in materials design. Selecting and adapting. Materials design. Working with and adapting text.
Team work Students are engaged in collaborative activities and a team-based presentation.


This module is at CQFW Level 6