Module Details

IA940-7-AU-CO: Reflective Practitioner

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Pathways
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 Nilufer Demirkan-Jones
Teaching Staff: Dr Nilufer Demirkan-Jones
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module surveys current trends in English Language Teaching methods and materials development and emphasizes the importance of the teacher's role in initiating ideas for both. The module will be concerned with both principle and practice: in other words, practical considerations of the design of materials and methods will be based on sound principles informed by research within Applied Linguistics. The final two weeks require participants to try out in short microteaching situations materials which they themselves have developed in accordance with design principles discussed in earlier sessions.

Module aims

- To consider the link between English Language learning traditions, teaching methods and materials development
- To examine the merits of coursebook and non-coursebook materials within the context of TESOL
- To examine the role of the English Language Teacher as materials developer
- To relate general principles of materials design to the teaching of speaking, listening reading and writing
- To relate general principles of materials design to the specific teaching situations familiar to participants
-To give participants practice and confidence in developing and using their own materials through micro-teaching practice

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module participants will be able to:

- Appreciate the connections between teaching methods and different approaches to materials design
- Assess the importance of some common principles for designing teaching materials
- Make use of frameworks for the evaluation of coursebook and non-coursebook materials
- Apply general principles of materials design to the teaching of speaking, listening, reading and writing
- Apply general principles of materials design to their own teaching context
- Demonstrate their skills as materials writers through micro-teaching practice


The Context of Materials and Methods
Coursebook and Materials Design
Coursebook and Materials Evaluation
Listening & Speaking Skills: Materials and Activities
Reading & Writing Skills: Materials and Activities
Integrated Skills: Materials and Activities
Error Correction
Micro Teaching Planning and Practice

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


The module will be assessed by a 2,000-word reflective report with materials pack (70%) submitted in week 29, and performance in microteaching (30%).


  • Cunningsworth, A. 1995, Choosing Your Coursebook, Heinemann
  • Harmer, J. 2000, The Practice of English Language Teaching, Pearson Longman
  • McDonough, J. and Shaw, C. 2003, Materials and Methods in ELT, Blackwell
  • Richards, J.C. and Rodgers, T.S. 2001, Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press
  • Tomlinson, B. (ed.) 1998, Materials Development in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press
  • Ur, P. 1996, A Course in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press

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