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Unit information: Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2018/19

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Unit name Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Unit code LANG10120
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Ms. Taylor
Open unit status Open




School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This is a 20 credit introductory unit in preliminary teaching skills, aimed at preparing students for entry into the profession of teaching English as a foreign language. It focuses on the central aspects of the teaching process and develops the students’ ability to handle the key components of the language system of English as well as the four skills. In more detail, its aims are:

  • To develop an awareness of the language and a knowledge of the description of English
  • To develop an understanding of the roles of the teacher and learner
  • To develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching
  • To develop basic skills for classroom teaching
  • To develop familiarity with resources and materials for use with EFL students
  • To identify opportunities for future development as professionals in the field.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the different learning and teaching styles at adult level;

2. Use basic English Language Teaching terminology for describing form, structure, usage and skills;

3. Analyse language and convey form, meaning and use to learners;

4. Select and evaluate appropriate materials;

5. Demonstrate understanding of teaching methods and the methodology that underpins them.

Teaching details

There will be two sessions (one 2 hour + one 1 hour) each week for 10 weeks. This is in the form of seminar sessions, which will consist of a series of input sessions interspersed with discussion of the content of the input as well as the reading or other set material for that week. This will be taught by a qualified ELT teacher trainer and will use a communicative approach to teaching. In addition, sessions are supported by online learning using materials available on Blackboard. Students are expected to do 75 hours independent study during the course which will involve preparation and follow-up of weekly sessions as well as preparation for assignments and exams.

Assessment Details

Coursework (60%)

Assignment 1 (weighting 20%) assessing ILO 2, 3, 5.

Assignment 2 (weighting 40%) assessing ILO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Examination (40%)

3 hour exam - short answers questions and one essay (500-700 words) assessing ILO 1,2,3,4,5.

Reading and References

Parrott, M. (2010) Grammar for English Language Teachers. Cambridge: CUP Aitken, R. Teaching Tenses.

Scrivener, J. (2005) Learning Teaching. Oxford:Macmillan

Swan, M. (2001) Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems. Cambridge: CUP

Swan, M. (2002) Practical English Usage. Oxford: OUP