Module Details

IA941-7-SP-CO: English Language Teaching Methodology

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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 Desmond Thomas
Teaching Staff: Dr Desmond Thomas
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module follows on from IA940-7-AU and continues the examination of the links between teaching approaches and methods and the effective design of English Language teaching materials.

Module aims

- to conduct further exploration of the principles and practice of ESOL materials design, as detailed in the module descriptor for IA940-7-AU (Materials and Methods 1)
- to examine the importance of cultural schemata and how these can affect learning with the ESOL Classroom
- to examine ways in which the teacher can activate their learners' schemata through the choice, preparation and use of context specific materials within the ESOL classroom

Learning outcomes

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

- Apply general principles of materials design to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary
- Assess the importance of the cultural, social and educational context for designing materials appropriate for different groups of learners
- Adapt existing materials to suit the needs of learners from a particular cultural, social and educational context


Grammar Activities in the ESOL Classroom
Teaching Vocabulary
Language for the ESOL Classroom
The Cultural, Social and Educational Context of Materials Development
Approaches to Materials Adaptation
Future Trends in Materials Design and Development

Learning and Teaching Methods

This module will be delivered by a weekly two hour seminar. Students will also have the opportunity to have individual tutorials throughout the term where they can ask for advice regarding their assignments, or raise any other issues.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


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


  • Harmer, J: The Practice of English Language Teaching Longman 2000 (3rd Edition)
  • McDonough, J. and Shaw, C. 2003, Materials and Methods in ELT, Blackwell
  • Tomlinson, B. (ed.) 1998, Materials Development in Language Teaching, Cambridge University Press
  • Redman, S et al. 1996, A Way with Words, Cambridge University Press
  • Ur, P. 2009, Grammar Practice Activities, Cambridge University Press
  • Valdes, J. (ed.) 1986, Culture Bound, Cambridge University Press

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