Teaching Practice I

The details
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
16 December 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Module description

This module will introduce students to main principles of language teaching and classroom practice. Aspects such as lesson planning, choosing, designing and using materials, classroom management and dealing with learners' language, will be covered.

Module aims

This module is intended to prepare students for the classroom-based practice teaching in the spring term; this teaching will be with adult learners and, therefore, the preparation for it will focus on such classes. This module will lead into LG655-7-SP ‘Teaching Practice II’.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:
• Understand basic principles of EFL and apply them to their own practice.
• Plan lessons and write clear lesson plans.
• Evaluate and adapt teaching materials, and/or produce their own.
• Reflect on EFL teaching through classroom observation and their own practice.

Module information

All materials for the module will be uploaded in advance on Moodle.

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 be required to observe lessons and also deliver micro-teaching sessions to their peers. Students will also have the opportunity to have individual tutorials with the module lecturers where they can ask for advice on their assignments.


  • Larsen-Freeman, Diane; Anderson, Marti. (2011) Techniques and principles in language teaching, Oxford: Oxford University Press. vol. Teaching techniques in English as a second language
  • Scrivener, Jim. (2011) Learning teaching: the essential guide to English language teaching, [Oxford]: Macmillan Education.
  • (no date) Teacher wellbeing.
  • (2017) The handbook of technology and second language teaching and learning, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Harmer, Jeremy. (©2015) The practice of English language teaching, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
  • Horwitz, Elaine Kolker. (©2013) Becoming a language teacher: a practical guide to second language learning and teaching, Boston: Pearson Education. vol. Pearson resources for teaching English learners
  • Gower, Roger; Phillips, Diane; Walters, Steve. (2005) Teaching practice handbook, Oxford: Macmillan Education. vol. Macmillan books for teachers
  • Murray, Liam. (2016) The Routledge handbook of language learning and technology, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • (no date) Key Questions in Language Teaching.
  • Trouble with accessing resources?, https://essex.libwizard.com/id/0ca0192f0d51b4c22469d6030fd1306f

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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1   20/11/2020  50% 
Coursework   Assignment 2  18/01/2021  50% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tracey Costley, email: tcostley@essex.ac.uk.
Christina Gkonou, Tracey Costley & Nasser Jabbari



External examiner

Dr Petra Schoofs
University of Birmingham
Available via Moodle
Of 1024 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
1024 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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