Advanced Practical Teaching (004X5B)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This is a practical and experiential module, designed to give students with appropriate previous teaching qualifications and experience TEFL-Qualified status recognised by the British Council. You will undertake a minimum of 5 hours’ supervised teaching practice (TP), and critically evaluate teaching methodology and classroom techniques through peer observation, feedback and discussion. You will keep a TP journal and undertake reflective tasks, and the module is assessed through the observed teaching practice and journal.

The opportunity is presented to relate pedagogical theory to practice, experiment and develop teaching skills. The learners are adult, multilingual groups of ‘free students’ arranged by the University, organised into approximate ability levels. Key skills are lesson planning and pedagogical aims, designing and implementing appropriate lessons, adaptability and flexibility, using a range of teaching techniques and approaches, the ability to reflect on progress, giving and receiving constructive feedback. You will be expected to show a high degree of autonomy in preparing lessons, with support from your TP tutor and peers. A mixture of authentic, home-made, and suitably-adapted published materials should be used, appropriate to the lesson aims.

Note: It should be stressed that the Advanced Practical Teaching course is generally only suitable for students with significant previous ELT experience with adult learners.

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 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.