Teaching, Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking in TEFL/TESOL
Language and Linguistics
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
05 October 2023
Requisites for this module
MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
MA QX13JS Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The module looks at the recent history of teaching the four skills in English Language Teaching (ELT) contexts. The module explores some of the different ways in which theories of reading, writing, listening and speaking have shaped pedagogy and classroom practice and materials development. The module will cover key themes and topics such as the process approach to writing and genre theory, literacy as a social practice, assessment and materials design. The module will create opportunities to link theories to practice and will offer students opportunities to apply their ideas in class.
The module aims to explore the main debates that have shaped and informed the different approaches to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening in ELT. In exploring these ideas students will have a better understanding of the different ways in which reading, writing, listening and speaking is understood and conceptualised, and they will be provided with a theoretical platform from which to consider, and reflect upon, their own experiences and approaches to teaching the four skills. The module aims to encourage students to reflect on and apply theories to practice through microteaching opportunities.
By the end of the module, students will:
1. be able to critically discuss the different approaches to teaching reading and writing
2. be able to critically discuss the different approaches to teaching listening and speaking
3. be able to discuss their preferred approaches to the teaching of the four skills
4. be able to take a principled approach to evaluating and adapting course books and materials for reading, writing, listening and speaking in ELT
5. be able to apply theories to practice
6. be better prepared for the classroom-based practice teaching in the spring term.
All materials for the module will be uploaded in onto Moodle.
All materials will be made available to students in advance of the class for students to be able to prepare in advance and will be available via listen again. The reading lists draw from writers in a wide range of contexts and students are encouraged to read around and select materials that are of direct interest and which may be published in languages other than English. The nature of the content is such that it allows for students to bring their own experiences and identities to the topics and discussions.
William Grabe and Robert B. Kaplan (1996) Theory and practice of writing: an applied linguistic perspective
. London: Longman. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315835853
Grabe, W. and Stoller, F.L. (2020) Teaching and researching reading
. Third Edition. New York, NY: Routledge. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315726274
Dana Ferris (2003) Response to student writing: implications for second language students
. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781410607201
Flowerdew, J. and Costley, T. (eds) (2017) Discipline-specific writing: theory into practice
. Abingdon: Routledge. Available at: http://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781315519012
Dana Ferris and John Hedgcock (2005) Teaching ESL composition: purpose, process, and practice
. 2nd ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Available at: https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=119258
I. S. P. Nation and Jonathan Newton (2009b) Teaching ESL/EFL listening and speaking
. New York: Routledge. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?pq-origsite=primo&docID=355868
John Flowerdew (1994) Academic listening: research perspectives
. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139524612
Alina Safargalina (2018) ‘Teaching Speaking in EFL Environments’, in John I. Liontas, TESOL International Association, and Margo DelliCarpini (eds) The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. 1–6.
Johnson, K. (2017) An introduction to foreign language learning and teaching
. 3rd revised edition. Milton Park: Routledge. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5185469
Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. and Snow, M.A. (eds) (2014) Teaching English as a second or foreign language. Fourth edition. Australia: Heinle.
Anne Burns and Jack C. Richards (2009) The Cambridge guide to second language teacher education
. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=674629
Harwood, N. (2010) English language teaching materials: theory and practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Richards, J.C. and Burns, A. (eds) (2012) The Cambridge guide to pedagogy and practice in second language teaching
. New York: Cambridge University Press. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009024778
Benati, A.G. (2013) Issues in second language teaching. Sheffield: Equinox.
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
||Essay (3000 Words)
Additional coursework information
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Ms Yuchen Zong, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Petra Schoofs
University of Birmingham
Dr Troy McConachy
University of Warwick
Available via Moodle
Of 28 hours, 24 (85.7%) hours available to students:
4 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.
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