EL4013 - Introduction to TESOL Classrooms

What will I learn on this module?

The module will introduce you to some of the key concepts and approaches in the English language teaching field. Through a combination of tutor-led input, discussion and reflection upon your own learning experiences, you will develop an understanding of what ‘good learning and teaching’ might be and how teaching may vary with learners of varying levels of English,. You will learn about the different factors, internal and external, that influence language teaching and learning in the classroom. ‘Internal factors’ include individual differences such as age, aptitude, learner motivation, anxiety, and learning strategies; factors which are ‘external’ to the learner include the teacher, syllabus, teaching methodology, coursebook and so forth.

Over the course of the module, you will therefore explore the complexity inherent in an ELT classroom

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of interactive lectures and seminars. Key themes and concepts will be introduced in lectures, supported by seminars that allow further group working, discussion and debate. All topics and debates within the module will be supported by reference to relevant literature, which you will read outside of class to further develop your knowledge and understanding of the field.

In addition to learning during taught hours with the module tutor, you will be expected to undertake both directed and independent learning. Directed learning generally will take the form of preparation for seminars where you will be expected to contribute to group work and full class discussion. Independent learning generally will take the form of further reading and investigation, the consolidation of seminar notes, and revision/preparation for the assessment of the module.

All learning materials, tasks and readings will be posted on the eLP (e-learning portal) to facilitate full participation in the module. Additionally, you will receive formative feedback on your ideas and understandings throughout the module. The module’s final, summative assessment will also provide an opportunity for learning.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module aims to enhance your ability to reflect on your own learning experiences and to raise your awareness of a range of key concepts and issues in the theory and practice of TESOL. Thus, lectures, seminars and tasks will develop your academic knowledge and skills, to help you attain the module learning outcomes. Your academic development will also be facilitated through engagement with the academic literature and by talking with your peers and the module tutor about your understanding of this literature (i.e. reading around the topic, and discussing and reflecting upon what you have read).

The module handbook provides details of lectures, seminars, reading lists and assessment criteria; lecture materials are made available on the eLP (see above). The module tutor will be available in lectures and seminars, as well as in ‘Feedback and consultation hours’ (i.e. ‘office hours’) and on email, to discuss any queries or concerns you have about how to excel academically on the module. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar/workshop activities. Formative feedback will also be provided on your reflective essay and critique plans, prior to completion of the module’s formative assessments.

In addition, you have a designated Guidance Tutor throughout the entire duration of your programme. The academic side of the Guidance Tutor’s role includes: monitoring your ongoing academic progress; helping you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development; directing you to further available services which can help them with their academic skills (e.g. Library’s Skills Plus). You are advised to see your Guidance Tutor at least twice each semester to review your academic progress..

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Understand and be able to apply the key concepts and approaches necessary for the study of English language teaching to speakers of other languages.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Reflect upon and present in speech and writing your ideas about TESOL related concepts linking this to your own learning experiences and the pedagogical approaches.
3. Establish and justify your own position within complex debates and arguments

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with others to develop subject-specific knowledge, time management skills and research skills.
5. Develop your critical thinking and reflective skills

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment

You will present your ideas during seminars and will receive formative feedback from the module tutor and peers on any perspectives you share. Such formative will enable you to test and form your own understanding of a range of concepts in relation to the TESOL classroom .

Summative (graded) Assessments
1. 1,500-word reflective essay (Semester one)
You will have to write a reflective essay in which you discuss learning strategies and styles, identifying your own preferred learning style/s and critically evaluating your choices in light of the literature.
You will be expected to demonstrate a clear engagement with the larger debate on learning styles and strategies, focusing specifically on those identified as your preferred learning strategies. The aim here is to ensure you get to grips with theoretical positions and concepts, while reflecting on your own learning experience.
2. 1,500- word Critique (Semester two)
You will have to write a critique of at least two teaching methods/approaches evaluating their principles and techniques in the classroom.
You will be expected to demonstrate a clear understanding of the principles underpinning the two methods/approaches. You will also need to evaluate how these principles are operationalised in practice in the language classroom.
The assessments will be part of the learning process, and addresses all five MLOS.

Feedback will be provided using the Programme template and comments on the script.





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Course info

UCAS Code Q310

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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