Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year)

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) (Including Foundation Year)
Current
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Full-time
Linguistics
BA QX41
26/03/2019

Professional accreditation

None

Admission criteria

UK and EU applicants should have, or expect to have:

72 UCAS tariff points from at least two full A-levels, or equivalent.

Examples of the above tariff may include:

  • A-levels: DDD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: MMP

Essex Pathways Department accepts a wide range of qualifications from applicants. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry criteria, please get in touch for advice.

Essex Pathways Department is unable to accept applications from international students. Foundation pathways for international students are available at the University of Essex International College and are delivered and awarded by Kaplan, in partnership with the University of Essex. Successful completion will enable you to progress to the relevant degree course at the University of Essex.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 5.5 overall. Specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels required. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

Our Year 0 courses are only open to UK and EU applicants. If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to your chosen degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College.

Course qualifiers

None

Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

None

External examiners

Dr Christopher Lucas

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics

University of London

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

Key

Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 0 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 IA150-3-FY Second Language Learning Core 30
02 IA158-3-FY or IA108-3-FY or IA111-3-FY or IA118-3-FY Core with Options 30
03 IA195-3-FY Research and Academic Development Skills Core 30
04 IA110-3-FY Introduction to Linguistics Core 30

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LG110-4-AU Sounds Compulsory 15
02 LG113-4-SP Understanding Data in Linguistics Compulsory 15
03 LG667-4-SP Theory and Practice in English Language Teaching Compulsory 15
04 LG111-4-AU Words and Sentences Compulsory 15
05 LG114-4-SP Language in Society Compulsory 15
06 LG665-4-AU Introduction to TEFL Methodology Compulsory 15
07 LG115-4-AU and LG116-4-SP or Language option from list Compulsory with Options 30
08 LA099-4-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LG831-6-FY Project: Linguistics Compulsory 30
02 TEFL option(s) from list Optional 30
03 Linguistics option(s) or Language option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Linguistics option(s) from list Optional 30
05 LA099-6-FY Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics Compulsory 0

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This course aims to:

Introduce students to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language, language learning and language teaching.

Familiarise students with (and encourage them to critically evaluate) contemporary materials and methods in Teaching English as a Foreign Language/TEFL, and give them practice in producing TEFL materials.

Develop students' knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, evaluation criteria, and research methods used in contemporary work in TEFL and English Language; equip students with a set of techniques for the description of aspects of the linguistic structure of English; and make them aware of relevant methodological, theoretical, descriptive and pedagogical issues.

Equip students with a wide range of transferable cognitive, practical and key skills, and a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.

The outcomes listed below represent the minimum expected of a graduate on this scheme; it is anticipated that the vast majority of graduates will achieve significantly more.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language, language learning, and language teaching and how researchers in other country approach the study of language
A2 a selection of work in language learning, TEFL, and the pedagogical description of English
A3 key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, evaluation criteria, methods and materials used in contemporary work in TEFL and English Language, and associated methodological, theoretical, descriptive and pedagogical issues
Learning Methods: A range of teaching and learning methods are employed which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work
Assessment Methods: Knowledge and understanding are assessed by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 Abstract and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.) identifying those ideas or findings which are most significant
B2 Make observations and generalisations about data or behaviour or other materials, using appropriate analytic techniques
B3 critically evaluate contrasting theories, accounts, explanations, approaches, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship between theory and data and be aware of possible cross-cultural differences in the way that theories, accounts and explanations are evaluated.
Learning Methods: A range of teaching and learning methods are employed which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work
Assessment Methods: Cognitive skills are assessed by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.

C: Practical skills

C1 Gather and process information from a range of different sources
C2 Plan, undertake and present an independent piece of work which involves reviewing existing work on a given topic, making use of standard referencing conventions
C3 Utilise specialised techniques for the collection, analysis, presentation or evaluation of materials, data or behaviour
Learning Methods: A range of teaching and learning methods are employed which typically include: lectures, seminars and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; advice in the Departmental Handbook; printed/web course materials; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff on work
Assessment Methods: Practical skills are assessed by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.

D: Key skills

D1 Communicate ideas, information and arguments in a manner which is relevant, focused, effective, and clear, using an appropriate register, style and format, and with an international audience in mind
D2 Use appropriate computational tools and software to obtain, store or process information electronically and (where required) produce materials in electronic form
D4 Analyse complex data, materials or behaviour, using appropriate specialised techniques, formulating and testing research hypotheses, identifying problems and evaluating solutions
D6 Work autonomously showing organisation, self-discipline and time management, responding constructively to feedback and learning new material and techniques.
Learning Methods: Communication skills are taught through lectures, seminars, classes, advice in the Departmental Handbook, and feedback from teachers on assessed work.

Generic IT skills are taught on induction courses run by the University and the Department, with more specialised IT skills (where appropriate) being taught on some LG courses.

Analytic and study skills (D4, D6) are taught through lectures, seminars, and classes; tutorials for project work; library and internet materials; printed/web course materials; advice in the Departmental Handbook; independent learning or research; office/email consultation with staff; written or oral feedback from staff.
Assessment Methods: Key skills are assessed by a range of methods which typically include some combination of the following: written unseen exams; coursework assignments; exercises; a literature review; an individual or team research project; and an oral presentation.


Note

The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its programme specification is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to courses, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to courses may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery of programmes, courses and other services, to discontinue programmes, courses and other services and to merge or combine programmes or courses. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.

Should you have any questions about programme specifications, please contact Course Records, Quality and Academic Development; email: crt@essex.ac.uk.