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ULTD20011 - TESOL Part 1

An introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

  • Credits: 10 credits
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) for those who do not have English as a first language.
  • Co-requisite: None.
  • Taught during: Semester one.
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


TESOL Part 1 can be taken on its own and as part one of two courses (TESOL 1 & 2).  The course provides a basic preparation in classroom language teaching, ideally suiting 2nd year SALC students going abroad in their third year. It can also be taken as the first of a possible four courses in TESOL, suiting students wanting a more thorough grounding in the subject. Taken by itself, it provides the background to this preparation in the form of language awareness and classroom management. It is suitable for anyone considering temporary work or a career in teaching English as a foreign language or voluntary EFL teaching work overseas.

Main areas covered:

  • Language awareness
  • Approaches to grammar
  • Introduction to phonology
  • Classroom management
  • Learner differences
  • Classroom observation
  • Giving instructions
  • Introduction to teaching techniques.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. understand and identify selected features of the English language; 
  2. understand and identify selected features of English phonology; 
  3. have an initial awareness of theories of second language acquisition; 
  4. recognise learner differences/needs; 
  5. to recognise features of good classroom management; 
  6. critically evaluate an observed lesson; 
  7. give effective instructions.

Transferable skills

On successful completion of the course unit, students will have developed further their ability to: 

  1. assess their own learning needs and identify the resources necessary to meet these; 
  2. contribute to a collaborative learning environment; 
  3. write effective essays according to standard academic conventions; 
  4.  operate within constraints of time and resources.

Teaching and learning methods

A one-hour weekly lecture (10 lectures over the semester); two-hour fortnightly workshop. Maximum workshop group size: 15. Participants will also be required to undertake a total of 1.5 hours' classroom observation (within EFL Programmes at the University of Manchester). Language of teaching: English.


One 1,500 word reflective essay on the classroom observation (50%); one one-hour language awareness test/exam (40%); reflections on workshops (10%). 

  • Deadlines for assessed coursework: Friday of week 12. Exam: Usual exam period. Exceptions to word-processed assignments: None. 

Nature of feedback

Written comment on the reflective essay and reflections on workshops. 


Mark Epstein

Taught by

Mark Epstein et al

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Set texts

Jeremy Harmer, The Practice of English Language Teaching, 4th edn. (Harlow: Longman, 2007).  ISBN: 978-1405853118

Recommended texts

Penny Ur, A Course in Language Teaching (Cambridge: CUP 2012), ISBN: ISBN: 978-1107684676. Students are encouraged to use the Language Centre for material in English language teaching.


ULTD20022, TESOL Part 2 - An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. N.B. Students are normally expected to have successfully completed TESOL Part 1 before undertaking Part 2. Exceptions may be made where students can show evidence of having worked, and developed, as a language teacher in their year abroad. Applicants in the latter category need to submit a written statement to explain what they have gained during their teaching experience (email it to