Module Identifier EL31920  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Graham J Perry  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Pre-Requisite Competence in English IELTS 7.0 is essential  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   36 Hours Contact Hours. 2x2 hour sessions per week  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 2: Unknown Language This puts the students in the position of language learners. One of the Centres staff teaches 3 hours of a language that is unknown to the students (Polish, Catalan or Turkish). Different methodologies, techniques and materials are used for the purpose. The assignment asks that the students respond to the experience in a discursive way and additionally discuss issues in language acquisition and language learning, learning languages in schools, learning English as a second language (for Welsh or international students).25%
Semester Assessment Assignment 3: Essay This is drawn from a set of about 10 teacher training topics based on the course input on the course and follows a traditional essay format with stated evaluation criteria made available to students.30%
Semester Assessment Attendance participation  15%
Semester Assessment Assignment 1: International student profile This matches the students with the equivalent numbers of the Centres Iinternational Foundation students. They meet individually with their profiles 5 or 6 times during Semester 1, get background information, transcribe and analyse spoken discourse, mark and evaluate students writing, assess reading and writing skills, make a diagnostic assessment based on needs and deliver a one to one lesson based on those needs. The assignment is a report based on the above.30%

Learning outcomes

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

Brief description

This module is designed to provide initial training in teaching English to speakers of other languages, and is valuable for students preparing for a year abroad. It has both a theoretical and a practical basis, and is intended to develop an understanding of issues related to language learning and language acquisition. It is also intended to give practical experience in teaching English as a foreign language.

The module is taught in 2 x 2-hour sessions per week. The sessions are not formal lectures but include discussion and practical involvement in teaching strategies.


1. For students to gain greater understanding of English language learning and acquisition.
2. To equip students to benefit more fully from their year abroad.
3. To provide students with transferable vocational life skills.

Reading Lists

Harmer, J. (1998) The Practice of English Language Teaching Longman, Harlow
Krashen, S. D. (1987) Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition Prentice-Hall
Littlewood, W. (1988) Foreign and Second Language Learning CUP, Cambridge
Matthews, A. et al (eds) (1991) At the Chalk Face Nelson, Surrey
Richards, J. C. & Rodgers, T. S. (1992) Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching CUP, Cambridge
Scrivener, J. (1994) Learning Teaching Heinemann, Oxford
Ur, P. (1996) A Course in Language Teaching CUP, Cambridge
Wright, T. (1991) Roles of Teachers and Learners OUP, Oxford


This module is at CQFW Level 6