Theory and Practice in English Language Teaching

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
20 January 2021


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,
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

Building upon the very practical initial teaching methodology input and teaching practice undertaken in the AU term, this module will explore key methodological areas in ELT in more academic and theoretical depth. Students will be required to demonstrate competence in applying the theory into practice as they plan for and teach lessons over the module. The planning element requires a fully annotated lesson plan in which students not only evidence their competence in writing lesson plans but also explain the rationale behind their choices using academic support and references.

Module aims


1. To enhance knowledge of the theory and research underpinning current TEFL methodology;
2. To further develop students’ ability to write effective and appropriate lesson plans with a focus on choices made being well-supported by ELT theory and literature;
3. To encourage students to design their own materials that will complement the use of the coursebook.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Become aware of the theory and research underpinning current TEFL methodology
2. Be familiar with some of the main issues relating to TEFL
3. Become aware of how to plan for and deliver effective EFL lessons
4. Become aware of effective teaching strategies for the teaching of grammar, vocabulary and skills

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 10 weeks in the Spring term and will involve 2 contact hours each week. Each 2 hour workshop session will consist of an element of microteaching, discussion and feedback on that and input on an aspect of ELT.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1    30% 
Coursework   Microteaching delivery - co-teaching    20% 
Coursework   Reflective log    50% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Nasser Jabbari, email: n.jabbari@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Ms Irena Kuzborska
Available via Moodle
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1294 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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