Language Teaching in Different Contexts

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
26 May 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA R116 Language Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language,
BA R117 Language Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module introduces students to some of the main contexts in which language teachers may find themselves teaching. The module looks at how these different contexts shape pedagogy, practice and course design. The module also explores key aspects of materials design and development and draws attention to the importance of selecting appropriate materials and activities for classes.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
• To introduce students to some of the different contexts of language teaching.
• To explore the different ways in which learning takes places in different contexts.
• To explore the different ways in which teaching contexts impact on pedagogy and practice.
• To consider notions of appropriateness in materials design and development.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss some of the different contexts in which language teaching takes place.
2. Understand how context shapes teaching, classroom activities and materials design.
3. Show understanding of how different technologies can be used in the language classroom.
4. Evaluate the appropriateness of teaching materials.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 10 weeks. There will be 20 contact hours in total, i.e. 1 X 2 hours per week, and these will take the form of lectures and seminars. Students will have the opportunity to have individual tutorials with the module lecturers where they can ask for advice on their assignments. All materials for the module will be uploaded in advance on Moodle.


  • (no date) Languages learning at Key Stage 2: a longitudinal study.
  • Dörnyei, Zoltán; Ryan, Stephen. (2015) The psychology of the language learner revisited, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Mishan, Freda; Timmis, Ivor. (2015) Materials development for TESOL, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • (2017) New insights into language anxiety: theory, research and educational implications, Blue Ridge Summit: Multilingual Matters. vol. Second language acquisition
  • García, Ofelia; Baetens Beardsmore, Hugo. (c2008) Bilingual education in the 21st century: a global perspective, Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub.
  • Maley, Alan; Duff, Alan. (2007) Literature, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (©2015) International perspectives on English language teacher education: innovations from the field, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Muñoz, Carmen. (c2006) Age and the rate of foreign language learning, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. vol. Second language acquisition
  • Harwood, Nigel. (2010) English language teaching materials: theory and practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Cambridge language education
  • (no date) Key Questions in Language Teaching.
  • (2019) Contemporary language motivation theory: 60 years since Gardner and Lambert (1959), Bristol: Multilingual Matters. vol. 3
  • Paulsrud, Bethanne; Rosén, Jenny. (2017) New Perspectives on Translanguaging and Education: Multilingual Matters.
  • Glenn Stockwell. (2012) Computer-assisted language learning: diversity in research and practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Moodle Quiz    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 1    80% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Christina Gkonou, email: cgkono@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Christina Gkonou & Dr Adela Gánem-Gutiérrez
Dr Christina Gkonou cgkono@essex.ac.uk Room: 4.119, Ext: 2633 Dr Adela Gánem-Gutiérrez aganem@essex.ac.uk Room: 3.308, Ext: 2207



External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Ms Irena Kuzborska
Available via Moodle
Of 590 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
590 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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