- TESOL: Principles and Practice (30 credits)
Examine how teaching principles come to life in the classroom, learning teaching techniques and procedures for teaching grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Consider the changing situation of global English Language Teaching, as well as its evolution over the last 150 years. Explore the theories underlying a variety of language teaching approaches and methods ranging from the historical grammar translation method to the impact of communicative language teaching. Focus on reflective practice and different techniques for observing and analysing L2 classes.
- Linguistics for English Language Teaching (30 credits)
Explore the properties of language and apply linguistics and language awareness to classroom-based methodology and pedagogies. Evaluate and compare theories and findings and analyse their applicability to a variety of social contexts. Extract features of the theory that are relevant to specific teaching contexts and discuss the aspects that might enhance your teaching of English to speakers of other languages.
- The Research Process (30 credits)
Gain a comprehensive introduction to the research process as it relates to enquiry in TESOL and applied linguistics. Explore the primary stages of engaging in a research project, from developing research questions and systematically reviewing the literature to identifying, evaluating, and defending research methods and modes of analysis. Facilitate your ability to critically read, evaluate and synthesise a body of research.
- Dissertation (60 credits)
Work independently to apply knowledge, skills and experience developed earlier in the course by undertaking a substantial piece of research based on primary sources. Examine topics related to classroom practice and language in use, on both a theoretical and practical basis.
- Theories of Second Language Learning (30 credits)
Gain an up-to-date overview of the state of second language learning, exploring some of the most influential contemporary approaches to SLA, such as sociocultural theory, identity theory, and second language socialisation theories. Examine the impact of these theories on the development of language teaching methods and approaches and their application more generally to TESOL classes and to your own contexts.
- Corpus Linguistics for Language Teaching (30 credits)
Explore the exciting and rapidly developing field of corpus linguistics, designed for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. Become familiar with different types of corpora and learn the fundamentals of corpus-based and corpus-driven research. Consider the pedagogical applications of corpus linguistics from the perspective of the teacher and the learner.
- Language, Discourse and Power (30 credits)
Examine the relationships between language, culture, and power with a concentration upon the examination of the theoretical basis for the more focused work which follows, and a consideration of sociolinguistic approaches to issues of language and culture. Explore topics including language and gender, metaphor and discourses of power, class, ethnicity and power, language and the environment, media language, and language and organisations.
Please note that modules may vary from year to year. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.