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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.