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Unit information: Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language in 2013/14

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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 an 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 such as language awareness, the roles of teacher and learner, and the principles and practice of effective teaching. It develops the students' ability to handle the key components of the language system of English, as well as the four skills. Students will also be able to identify opportunities for their future development as professionals in the field.

Assessment Details

60% coursework (20% assignment 1; 40% assignment 2); 40% exam

Reading and References

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