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Postgraduate Course: TESOL Methodology (EDUA11329)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn taking a critical approach to English language teaching (i.e. that it is neither a morally nor politically neutral activity), this core course aims to equip Teacher Learners (TLs) with ideas backed by research to take forward into their professional practice as a member of the worldwide community of teachers.
Teacher Learners (TLs) will investigate and practise research-led teaching and learning approaches in today's post-method communicative context of language teaching. We will explore the evolution of language pedagogy and gain an understanding of how, when and what to use in our classroom through practical tasks in workshops informed by lectures. TLs will be encouraged critically to analyse and evaluate methods they can use in their context, and develop an awareness of language use within today's diverse global community.
Teaching approaches will be presented within an historical, critical and inclusive context, taking into consideration the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Coursework will integrate principles of language teaching and ecological practices, provide an introduction to 21st century literacies, and include awareness of the classroom environment.
Issues of concern to teachers, such as integrated approaches to the receptive and productive skills as well as language systems will be explored in detail through lectures and workshops on Task Based Learning, CLIL, Translanguaging, interdisciplinary and critical intercultural pedagogies, including assessment styles, as well as opportunities to engage with these through micro-teaching. Alongside, concepts of authenticity in terms of materials appropriate for the global classroom will be discussed.
Teacher identity will be woven into the fabric of the course as we explore old and new concepts of teaching and learning, the teacher as member of a community of transformative practice, and the teacher as agent of change.
Course description BLOCK 1: Introducing English Language Teaching: The Teacher Knowledge Base and Teacher Identity
Week 1 - A critical review of language teaching methods and approaches
Week 2 - Teaching skills: Focus and integration
In block 1, we will explore the field of English Language Teaching. We will examine the teacher knowledge base from the perspectives of pedagogical content knowledge (the capacity to transform content into accessible and learnable forms Richards, 2008). We will examine the teacher's identity, the reflective practitioner, collaborative learning and teaching and the demands of educational policy.
BLOCK 2: Lesson planning in the 21st Century Language Classroom
Week 3 - Critical approaches to TESOL
Week 4 - Integrating language and global skills
Here, we will explore how constructing language prioritises certain agendas and examine how you and your students might identify and deploy these. We will look at critical approaches to TESOL and examine the transformative power of learning and teaching. In addition, we will also investigate the UN Sustainable Development Goals, looking at sustainable and inclusive professional practice. We will explore English language teaching as enabling global citizenship, and teacher experiences of differentiation and inclusion in the classroom through lesson planning.
BLOCK 3: Approaches to Language Teaching and Assessment
Week 5 - Task-Based Learning
Week 6 - Intercultural approaches to language teaching
Week 7 - Translanguaging
Week 8 - School visits and reading week
Week 9 - CLIL and pluriliteracies
We will examine and practise the contemporary application of teaching approaches, focusing on Task Based Learning, Translanguaging, interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches and CLIL. We will apply the theory to an integrated skills approach, addressing the structure and function of language, and different learning contexts. Teacher learners will collaborate in planning and designing lessons for micro-teaching and assessment of/as and for learning, and reflect on their teaching experiences, adopting critical incident analysis and the principle of the critical friend.
Students on this course also benefit from the TESOL Methodology School Visits which provide them with the opportunity to observe teachers in action during their visit to a Scottish school.
BLOCK 4: Revision, Questions and Reflection
Week 10 - Revision and reflections
In this last week, we will revise and explore questions relating to teaching approaches, the assignment, and situated contexts, engaging with teacher learners' lived and hoped-for professional experience.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  251
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 19/09/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, External Visit Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%

There is one summative assessment task for this course and a student needs to complete one assignment (equivalent to 4000 words). The assignment addresses all learning outcomes and requires teacher learners to provide a rationale and an evaluation of a lesson they plan.

Formative assessment is provided through in class sessions on lesson planning and prior to the summative assessment, peer-feedback is provided on a lesson planned by a student.
Feedback Feed-forward will be provided online by tutors to wiki groups. (After micro-teaching in class, feedback will be given by the course tutor and peers).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the literature and research in the field of English Language Teaching
  2. Review in a critical and theoretically-informed manner the different approaches and methods that currently dominate the field and their historical antecedents
  3. Evaluate critically and on the basis of explicit criteria the ways in which specific language teaching methodologies bridge the skills and systems of English and contribute to the development of communicative ability in learners
  4. Analyse and appraise the principles that influence the globally diverse, sustainable and reflective practice of teaching and teacher identity in ways that extend knowledge and thinking in the field
  5. Apply the theoretical principles and practical approaches discussed on the course to their own teaching, laying foundations for the critical practice of language pedagogy in the context in which they are likely to practise
Reading List
Core Texts
Kumaravadivelu, B 2006: Understanding language teaching - from method to post-method Mahwah, NJ Erlbaum

Douglas-Brown, H; Lee, H: 2015 Teaching by Principles - an interactive approach to language pedagogy White Plains NY, Pearson

Coyle, D; Hood, P; Marsh, D (2010) Content and Language Integrated Learning Cambridge, CUP

GarcĂ­a, O; Ibarra Johnson, S; Seltzer, K (2017),
The Translanguaging Classroom: Leveraging Student Bilingualism for Learning, Philadelphia, PA: Caslon

Willis, D; Willis, J (2013) Doing Task Based Teaching, Oxford: OUP

Also useful:
Celce-Murcia, M; Brinton, D M; Snow AM: 2014 Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, National Geographic Learning.

de Dios Martinez Agudo, J (Ed): 2019 Quality in TESOL and Teacher Education New York/ Oxford Routledge

Richards, J.C. and Rogers, T.S (2014) Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (3rd edition) Cambridge, CUP
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills You will be curious, engaged and inspired about teaching English. You will be equipped to teach and learn using a variety of methods.
You'll develop a personal, principled theory of practice to take with you on your career journey.
Additional Class Delivery Information 9 lectures and 8 workshops, with supported reading and discussion groups.
Learning will take place online in the first semester of the academic year 2020-21.
Lecture format : 30 minutes input (asynchronous) 30 minutes live (synchronous) Q&A the following week.

Workshops: 2 hours, tasks will depend on the readings and will be based on the lecture content, including micro-teaching.

Classes: 25 students in each, divided into groups of 5 for micro-teaching and collaborative lesson planning.

Students will read 2 chapters or articles a week, one from the core texts and one extra. Students will discuss these in reading groups during the week.

Tutor input: tutors and lecturers will be available for questions from groups.
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Course organiserDr Isobel Kaihui Wang
Tel: (0131 6)50 2796
Course secretaryMs Tara Kay
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