Initial Teaching Practice

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
03 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA QX31 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL),
BA QX41 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year),
BA QX51 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Placement Year),
BA QXH1 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Year Abroad),
BA R8T8 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA RX91 Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language,
CTFLX162 Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Module description

This module leads on from LG665-5-AU Introduction to TEFL Methodology, and it aims to provide students with the opportunity to complete 6 hours of classroom-based practice teaching. This module also aims to develop the students' classroom observational skills by exposure to experienced language teachers and peer-observations. Building upon the topics covered in LG665 Introduction to TEFL Methodology, students will be required to plan for and teach a range of grammar, vocabulary and skills development lessons.

Guidance will be provided with regard to the materials used and support will be offered through teaching preparation sessions. Support will lessen as the module progresses culminating in an independently planned session, giving students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to prepare and plan lessons independently of a tutor. Post-teaching, students will complete reflective tasks which will form the basis of 1-1 feedback with the observing lecturer.

Module aims

The module aims to:
• Enhance knowledge on how to properly plan for a lesson
• Introduce various materials and activities to teach a second language
• Further develop students’ ability in selecting authentic materials for classroom use
• Plan for and teach lessons on various language skills and sub-skills

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be expected to be able to:

• Demonstrate an ability to plan lessons and design lesson plans for a range of lesson types
• Demonstrate an ability to deliver effective grammar, vocabulary and skills development lessons
• Make effective use of classroom materials adapting as necessary
• Identify strengths and weaknesses in their own teaching practice and outline how they intend to improve upon perceived weaknesses
• Identify strengths and weaknesses in observed EFL classes and articulate learning points

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 23 weeks. During the AU and SP terms there will be 43 hours of direct contact, per term: 20 hours in the Teaching Practice classroom 10 hours of guided preparation with the tutor 10 hours of one-to-one feedback with the observing tutor 3 hours of observation of an experienced teacher. The remaining three weeks in the SU term will be dedicated to further consolidation of the taught material. Each student will complete 6 hours of Teaching Practice through teaching classes of EFL students. Lessons will last for 30 mins as outlined in the grid below (please bear in mind that the grid is provisional and subject to amendments). If it is a teaching week for an individual student, they will teach and then observe ‘live’ the rest of the lesson. All students need to attend classes on a weekly basis regardless of whether they are teaching or not. In addition to the one hour teaching preparation, students will receive detailed oral and written feedback on their Teaching Practice. Students will be required to design lesson plans, write reflective notes and post-feedback reflections.


  • Gower, Roger; Phillips, Diane; Walters, Steve. (2005) Teaching practice handbook, Oxford: Macmillan Education. vol. Macmillan books for teachers
  • Harmer, Jeremy. (2007) How to teach English, Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • Harmer, Jeremy. (2015) The practice of English language teaching, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

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   Lesson planning for each Teaching Practice Lesson    25% 
Coursework   Delivery of each Teaching Practice Lesson    35% 
Coursework   Reflection on each Teaching Practice Lesson    25% 
Coursework   Observation notes and tasks    15% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas, email: nmitsi@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas Office: 4.344 Email: nmitsi@essex.ac.uk Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas Office: 4.344 Email: nmitsi@essex.ac.uk


Travel costs for UK - based unpaid, approved work placements and live projects which are an integral part of a module may be covered by your department. (NB this will usually exclude field trips and site visits). Please check with your module supervisor to ensure that the activity is eligible.

External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Available via Moodle
Of 1866 hours, 280 (15%) hours available to students:
1586 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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