LS3LST-Teaching the Language Skills

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: LS2CIE Core Issues in English Language Teaching
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: LS2LST Teaching the Language Skills
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Clare Wright


Summary module description:

This course provides an introduction to the processes involved in the development of the oral/aural (i.e., listening and speaking) and literacy (i.e., reading and writing) skills in a second language. The course also provides an overview of current and effective methods of teaching in ESL/EFL contexts, focusing on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Through using a highly-interactive skills-based approach, students will experience in practice the academic and pedagogic ideas during the modules.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:
• Describe key theories and processes involved in the development of the four language skills in a second language at level 6;
• Apply their understand of these ideas in explaining techniques and methods for the teaching of the four language skills at level 6;
• Evaluate teaching materials for the teaching of select language skills at level 6, and in particular identify how they reflect particular methods for teaching, or theories of learning the four skills;
• Develop critical analytical and synthesising skills at level 6 through evaluating sample teaching materials and research data in course readings.

Additional outcomes:
Through experience of completing the module tasks, students will develop oral skills, in individual presentations, group work and pair work.

Outline content:
The course will cover the following topics: the movement toward skills integration and the limitations of a discrete-skills approach; issues in learning oral/aural (speaking, listening) and literacy (reading, writing) skills in a second language; current and effective methods of teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing; evaluation of current teaching materials for select language skills in a second language.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Interactive lectures and seminar-style class discussion, including group and pair work. There will be readings and tasks to complete between classes. A high degree of student autonomy and student-led collaborative learning is encouraged.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Guided independent study 180
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

One essay of 1,500-2,000 words - 40%
One essay of 2,000-2,500 words - 60%

Relative percentage of coursework: 100%

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission of coursework by 22nd August in the year the module is taken.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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