Introduction to TEFL Methodology

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 13 December 2019
04 November 2019


Requisites for this module


LG328, LG667

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

Module description

This module provides an introduction to the teaching methodology associated with teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language. It aims to provide students with an overview of the key principles related to the areas outlined in the syllabus and therefore provide a basis from which students may move onto the Initial Teaching Practice module, LG666. By the end of the module, students will have been introduced to the key methodology associated with TEFL and they will have developed their knowledge of productive and receptive skills in language teaching. Additionally, various techniques for organizing and managing the class will also be explored and the students will be introduced to lesson planning for the EFL context. Lastly, and importantly, this module will provide an overview of TEFL which is sufficient to prepare students for a more successful hands-on teaching practice module.

Module aims


Week 2: Classroom Management
Week 3: Lesson Planning
Week 4: Teaching Receptive Skills
Week 5 Teaching Productive Skills
Week 6: Teaching Vocabulary
Week 7: Teaching Grammar
Week 8: Teacher Language and Giving Instructions
Week 9: Mistakes and Feedback
Week 10 Using Published and Authentic Materials
Week 11: Classroom Resources and Teaching Equipment

Please note that the syllabus is provisional and changes might occur based on the students’ needs and/or the requirements of the course.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Introduce students to current TEFL methodology and the theory behind it
2. Make students aware of some of the factors influencing second language teaching
3. Introduce students to the elements of an effective lesson plan, enabling them to articulate the significance of each element
4. Increase students’ awareness of current TEFL terminology
5. Introduce students to teaching strategies for the teaching of grammar, vocabulary, and the four language skills.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 10 weeks and you will have 10 two-hour lectures/workshop sessions as well as occasional observations of experienced teachers (separately scheduled)


  • Gower, Roger; Phillips, Diane; Walters, Steve. (2005) Teaching practice handbook, Oxford: Macmillan Education. vol. Macmillan books for teachers
  • Scrivener, Jim. (2011) Learning teaching: the essential guide to English language teaching, [Oxford]: Macmillan Education. vol. Macmillan books for teachers
  • Harmer, Jeremy. (2007) How to teach English, Harlow: Pearson Longman.
  • Jeremy Harmer. (©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 Essay 1 - 1000 words 06/12/2019
Coursework Essay 2 - 1000 words 10/01/2020

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas + Miss Lorena Gadella Kamstra
Dr Neophytos Mitsigkas nmitsi@essex.ac.uk Room: 4.344 Telephone: 01206 874836



External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Available via Moodle
Of 30 hours, 30 (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).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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