Sussex Centre for Language Studies

ELT electives

The elective scheme is part of Sussex's interdisciplinary approach to teaching, and allows you an element of choice in customising your degree.

Most single-honours subjects across the arts, sciences and social sciences are offering electives, exceptions being where professional-body requirements do not provide sufficient space within the curriculum (e.g. law, accountancy, engineering ...). Under the electives system, you can spend 25 per cent of your study time each year studying a subject different to your major discipline.

Electives are either offered as free-standing modules (e.g. Perspectives on Global English), or as a specific named pathway over two or three years. Students successfully completing a named pathway will be able to have this recorded in their degree title – giving added value to your studies and showing the skills and knowledge you have developed at Sussex.

English Language Teaching elective pathway

The ELT pathway provides a comprehensive and rigorous introduction to the principles of effective language teaching. Students will gain a wide range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners, and will receive valuable hands-on teaching experience in live classes with volunteer students. Students successfully completing all modules comprising the elective pathway may be eligible for a professional qualification (the Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in addition to the formal designation with English Language Teaching on their degree certificate. This qualification will significantly enhance your employability and future opportunities as a graduate. To get the Trinity CertTESOL professional qualification, students pay £153 for external accreditation. 


Theories of Language Learning

This free-standing elective module offers an overview of various perspectives on how second or foreign languages are learnt. Linguistic, psychological and social models of Second Language Acquisition (SLA) are examined, along with some of the implications for our broader understanding of the nature of language and communication. Applications for language teaching and learning are considered, in both naturalistic contexts and classroom settings.
The module is available in the autumn term to second year students.

Perspectives on Global English

This free-standing elective module addresses current issues around the spread and use of English in various forms and for diverse purposes around the world. The increasingly international profile of the language, its learners and teachers is reflected in higher education, business and research, and raises challenging questions. Linguistic issues of standards, variation and models are considered, as well as more socio-cultural aspects relating to language and identity, lingua franca communication, multilingualism, intercultural competence, technology and language education policy.
The module is available in the spring term to second year students.