Module Details

IA900-7-AU-CO: Advanced English Language Teaching 1

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Year: 2016/17
Department: International Academy
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Desmond Thomas
Teaching Staff: Dr Desmond Thomas
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module examines the contexts in which English is learnt and taught as a second language and the approaches and methods that have emerged within these contexts. In particular, it considers similarities and differences in the teaching of English as a Second and as a Foreign Language and how these affect the roles of English Language Teachers. The implications of different approaches for curriculum design are also considered, as are the consequences of recent developments in learning technology.

Module aims

The aims of this module are to provide participants with:

- the general background and underlying key principles related to ELT
- an overview of contemporary concepts and trends in English Language Teaching
- an understanding of how these concepts are manifest in current developments in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module participants should have gained:

- a sound understanding of how different approaches to the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages have developed and are developing to meet the needs of contemporary global demands
- an appreciation of the links between approaches to TESOL, curriculum design and assessment practices
- a raised awareness of the impact of recent developments in technology within the TESOL environment


English as a Foreign Language and English as a Second Language
Approaches to teaching and learning in ESOL
Curriculum Design
From Curriculum to Lessons
Organisation of Teaching and Learning (Lesson Planning)
Managing Teaching and Learning (Classroom Management)
Using Technology in ESOL

Learning and Teaching Methods

This module will be delivered by a weekly two hour seminar. Each student will be given the opportunity to attend 30 minutes of tutorial time per term, to receive feedback on their coursework and to discuss progress. Additional formative feedback sessions for individual students will be provided during weekly office hours, as required.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


One 3,000 word assignment chosen from a wide range of titles.


  • The following is a basic module bibliography. Further suggestions for reading will be provided as the module progresses. This will include reference to on-line academic sources.
  • Carter, R. And Nunan, D. 2001, The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Cambridge University Press
  • Harmer, J. 2001, The Practice of English Language Teaching, Pearson
  • Howatt, A. P. R. with Widdowson, H. G., 2004, A History of English Language Teaching, Oxford University Press
  • Littlewood, W. 1995, Communicative Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press
  • Pitt, K. 2005, Debates In ESOL Teaching and Learning: Culture, Communities and Classrooms, Routledge
  • Richards, J. & Rogers,T., 1983, Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press

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