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ULTD30032 TESOL Part 4

Theories of language learning and teaching for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • Credits: 10
  • Pre-requisite: IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) for those who do not have English as a first language.  Students must have successfully completed TESOL Parts 1, 2 and 3. Exceptions may be made where students can show evidence of having worked, and developed, as a language teacher in their year abroad. Please note that priority will be given to 2nd year Applied English Language Studies students.
  • Taught during: Semester 2
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


TESOL 4 builds on the work you did in TESOL 1 and 2 on learners and methodology, and introduces you to the most important theories related to TESOL. It is suitable for anyone considering temporary work or a career in teaching English as a Second Language.

You will study:

  • Language acquisition;
  • The psychology of language learning;
  • Learning styles;
  • Learner motivation;
  • TESOL methodology;
  • Classroom management;
  • Cultural awareness.

You will also have the opportunity to do a case study of a language learner and provide recommendations for further study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course unit, students should have a greater understanding of the following:

  1. Theories of second language acquisition;
  2. Psychology of language learning;
  3. Motivation in language learning;
  4. ELT approaches and methodology;
  5. Classroom management;
  6. Learner differences;
  7. Intercultural awareness.

Transferable skills

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

  1. assess their own learning needs and identify the resources necessary to meet them;
  2. contribute to a collaborative learning environment;
  3. write effective essays following standard academic conventions;
  4. prepare and make a presentation based on a language learner;
  5. operate within constraints of time and resources.

Teaching and learning methods

2 hour weekly seminar. Individual tutorials to be arranged.


  • One 1,500 word essay(50%) to be submitted in week 12.
  • Case study and presentation of a language learner (40%) to be done in week 10.
  • Contribution to collaborative working environment in seminars (10%)

Deadlines for assessed coursework

To be established.

Language of teaching

English Exceptions to word processed assignments: None

Nature of feedback

Oral feedback given during class discussions regarding relevance and coherence of student responses and level of participation; formative feedback given on non-assessed tasks; global feedback given on all assessed work; feedback given on individual progress in tutorials.

Taught by

Simon Raw

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Recommended texts

  • Brown, H.D. (2006) Principles of language learning and teaching, Pearson Education.
  • Lightbown, P. & Spada, N. (2000) How Languages are Learned, OUP.