Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM268: Developing an Appropriate Language Teaching Methodology

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

1. To provide a thorough examination of the concept of appropriate methodology for TESOL to include a critical examination of the concepts of method, approach, principles, and post-method pedagogy.

2. To provide an in-depth analysis of key current debates regarding an appropriate methodology for TESOL including discussions of the role of communicative approaches and post-method pedagogy..

3. To introduce and develop a framework for developing an appropriate methodology and apply this to the critical examination of how to teach language form as well as the four main skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking in the TESOL classroom in specific teaching settings.

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 the concept of appropriate methodology.
2. Apply the concept of appropriate methodology to a critical exploration of current approaches to the teaching of pronunciation, lexis and grammar as well as the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how cultural constraints may operate in particular language learning contexts to impact on the methodology chosen for a specific TESOL setting.
4. Apply a critical understanding of the issues and constraints discussed to make educated choices with regard to the development of an appropriate methodology for the teaching of language form and skills in specific TESOL settings.
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Undertake a critical analysis of practice informed by theoretical insights regarding teaching and learning in TESOL classrooms.
6. Apply aspects of language teaching theory to the evaluation and design of language teaching materials and activities.
Personal and Key Skills7. Engage in independent study and group/pair work, including the presentation of materials for group and class discussion
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
9. Undertake a critical analysis of the relevant academic literature