Postgraduate Module Descriptor


EFPM787: Teaching English to Young Learners

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

  1. To provide a survey of theoretical perspectives concerning child learning and development, and second language acquisition.
  2. To provide a critical overview of a variety of important issues in the teaching of English to young learners within the context of the growth of English as an international language.
  3. To consider the implications of these theories and issues for the development of appropriate practice for teaching English as a foreign or additional language to young learners.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a thorough and critical understanding of children as foreign or additional language learners.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of different aspects of teaching English as a foreign or additional language and associated issues and the ability to address these in ways appropriate to their own teaching contexts
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Undertake a critical analysis of practice informed by theoretical insights regarding teaching and learning in TESOL classrooms.
4. Apply aspects of language learning theory to the evaluation and design of programmes and materials for a specific group of learners in a particular teaching setting.
Personal and Key Skills6. Engage in independent and cooperative learning with peers from different cultural and pedagogic backgrounds, as evidenced in group discussions.
7. Undertake a critical analysis of the relevant academic literature.
8. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and thoughtful analysis of theory to particular professional and socio-cultural situations.