Language Teaching in Different Contexts
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
28 March 2019
Requisites for this module
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)
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.
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.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
1. Critically discuss some of the different contexts in which language teaching takes place.
2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of how context shapes teaching, classroom activities and materials design.
3. identify how different technologies can be used in the language classroom.
4. Evaluate the appropriateness of teaching materials.
No additional information available.
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.
- Glenn Stockwell. (2012) Computer-assisted language learning: diversity in research and practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Harwood, Nigel. (2010) English language teaching materials: theory and practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Cambridge language education
- (no date) Languages learning at Key Stage 2: a longitudinal study.
- Mishan, Freda; Timmis, Ivor. (2015) Materials development for TESOL, Edinburgh: Edinburgh 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
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
||Assignment 1 (2000 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Christina Gkonou & Dr Adela Gánem-Gutiérrez
Dr Christina Gkonou
Room: 4.119, Ext: 2633
Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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