LANG40590 The English Language for TESOL

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module aims to provide practitioners with the linguistic knowledge and analytical skills they will need in order to teach the English language system in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse. Participants will develop their ability to use linguistic description accurately and appropriately, to identify systemic differences in languages, and to select appropriate linguistic content for learners. They will also begin to consider how learners' language can be analysed to understand their language development. Reference will be made throughout to Insights on language systems which have been developed through the collection of language corpora.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Successful candidates will demonstrate:
detailed knowledge and understanding of the English language system (grammar, phonology, lexis and discourse)
an ability to recognise, understand and use appropriate concepts and terminology to describe features of the English language in the TESOL classroom
an ability to reflect critically on the language they use and teach in the classroom
an ability to recognise some of the significant systemic differences between English and a specific language, and identify implications for the learner
an ability to use digital tools to investigate language corpora
an understanding discourse analysis tools to the evaluation of TESOL materials, classroom discourse and the wider context
be able to analyse the characteristics of different types of learner language

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Small group lectures, debate and discussion, peer and group work, critical writing
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: < Description > Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: < Description > Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided individually, post midterm assessment and post final assignment submission. Draft papers may be submitted for global feedback prior to the final written assignment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 15:50