Module Details

LG112-4-FY-CO: Foundations Of Teaching English As A Foreign Language

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Year: 2016/17
Department: Language and Linguistics
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Adela Ganem-Gutierrez
Teaching Staff: Dr. Adela Ganem, Dr. C Gkonou, Dr. K Roehr-Brackin, Dr S Skoufaki
Contact details: Dr Adela Ganem-Gutierrez, office: 3.308, telephone 01206 872207, email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aims of this module are:

* To introduce the fundamentals of contemporary TEFL practice
* To examine the variety, purpose, content and contexts of ELT with a focus on the classroom, the language and the participants in the learning/teaching process
* To show how decisions in the classroom are shaped by background theoretical considerations

The module is designed to prepare you for what you will be expected to build on in later EFL courses. Some of the topics we will discuss are:
* Overview of TEFL current issues
* Appropriate methods and context.
* How to be a good teacher.
* How to be a good learner.
* Describing Learning and Teaching models.
* Aspects of managing teaching and learning, e.g., planning lessons.
* Choosing and using textbooks and materials.
* How are languages learnt? Different points of view.
* Individual differences among L2 learners.
* Language learning styles and strategies; learner training.
* Teaching grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation.
* Language testing
* Overview of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL)

Learning and Teaching Methods

A weekly two hour lecture/seminar will be followed by a one hour follow-up class which will provide opportunities for further discussion of issues raised, and for group-work/practical activities. Lectures will last for 20 weeks.

Students will be expected to attend ALL sessions and to do some basic relevant reading for each session. Check the class lists to find your group.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

Exam Duration and Period

3:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • There is no set book for this module, but if you want to buy a book either of these would be a good option:
  • Harmer, J. (2007) (2nd edition) How to teach English. Harlow: Longman.
  • Harmer J. (2007) (4th edition) The Practice of English Language Teaching. Harlow: Longman.
  • Further reading
  • Cook V. (2008) Second Language Learning and Language Teaching. Hodder
  • Gower R. et al (1995) Teaching Practice Handbook. Heinemann
  • Johnson K. (2001/2008) An Introduction of Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Longman
  • Lightbown P. & N. Spada (1999 or 2006) How Languages are Learned. Cambridge: CUP
  • Lindsay C. & P. Knight (2006) Learning and Teaching English. Oxford: OUP
  • Maxom M. (2009) Teaching English as a Foreign Language for Dummies. Wiley
  • Richards J. & C. Lockhart (1994) Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. Cambridge: CUP
  • Riddell D. (2001) Teach Yourself TEFL. Hodder & Stoughton
  • Scrivener J. (2001) (1994/2007) Learning Teaching. Heinemann
  • Thornbury, S. (1997) About Language. Cambridge: CUP

Further information