Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM313: Issues in English Language Teaching

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

  • An overview of key current issues in the TESOL field and those addressed in this module, which may include:
  • The growth of English as an international Language: TESOL, power and  ideology.
  • Theoretical constructions of culture for language education: from Essentialism to ‘small cultures’.  
  • Critical issues and critical materials.
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
  • Differentiation and mixed ability teaching.
  • The role of authenticity in materials and activities for language  learning.
  • An investigation into and presentation of an issue pertinent to students’  contexts.

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
Scheduled Activities 168 x 2 hour seminars and tutorials
Guided independent study 24Directed reading: seminar preparation/review
Guided independent study40Directed reading: further exploration of chosen topics
Guided independent study10Formative assignment preparation
Guided independent study60Summative assignment preparation

Online Resources

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


TESOL Quarterly

English Language Teaching Journal