Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM280: Developing Practical Knowledge for TESOL Teaching

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The syllabus plan is subject to change, but is anticipated to include the following:

Introduction to the module:  What does language teaching involve?  Total immersion/ESL versus drip feed EFL contexts. Learning theories.

Communicative Competence & implications for teachers’ and learners’ roles.

Review of language teaching methods; terminology for TESOL; preparation for observations of language classes.

The role of error in language learning.

Techniques for introducing and practicing new language (1) & (2)

Micro teaching practice (1), focusing on the practical application of content covered in the module.

Teaching reflection; classroom management; giving instructions; questioning techniques; dealing with large classes and mixed ability.

Individual presentations on students’ observations of language classes; identifying key topics.

Task based Learning

Micro teaching practice (2)

Round up & summary of course; individual presentations to report on topics chosen for module assignment.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and teaching activities30Lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops
Learning and teaching activities30Directed reading
Guided independent study80Assignment preparation
Guided independent study150Independent study
Learning and teaching activities10Language classroom observation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).