Principles and Practice in English Language Teaching (002X5)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module focuses on the development of English Language Teaching from the traditional Grammar-Translation Method to the Communicative Approach, and beyond to the current 'post-method' era. Techniques employed in the teaching, testing and evaluation of the four skills, as well as grammar and vocabulary, are discussed in relation to different learning contexts and contemporary ELT issues. These are evaluated with regard to theories of language learning studied on previous courses. In addition, specialist areas of ELT may be included, such as the teaching of young learners, the use of technology, and English as an International Language.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: