Classroom Processes in TESOL: introduction to teaching and learning EDUC5824

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to introduce students to the key principles of teaching and learning English as a foreign or second language, focussing specifically on teacher and learner roles. It is designed to meet the needs of those who have very limited or no teaching experience.


Daytime sessions- 2 hours per week, 11 weeks

For students with no language background, students will be offered and will be expected to study on complementary courses to supplement their knowledge

Requirements of Entry



Language Learning and Applications (LANGCTR5004) and Developing Professional Practice in TESOL (proposed new courses) should not be taken before this course


Summative assessment: a portfolio collection of work totalling 4,000 words consisting of three parts:


1. Assignment 1: Reflexive journal: 2,000 words comprising Parts A and B (50%)


Part A: 1,000 words (25%)

A reflective task: 2-3 extracts from a reflexive learning journal-completed during the course and submitted at the end, reflecting on learning process and course content


Part B: 1,000 words (25%)
A reflective task
based on a critical reflection of classroom observations, relating to teacher and learner roles and principles of language learning.


2. Assignment 2: Written assignment 2,000 words (50%)

A planning task comprising lesson plans, materials and tasks, with accompanying rationale, for a language skills and a language systems lesson.

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce participants to the practices of teaching English as a foreign or second language. As a course aimed at those with little or no practical experience it focuses specifically on lesson observations and practical applications of language learning theories to the classroom.


Specific aims of the course are :

■ to provide a foundation in the principles of teaching and learning English as a foreign or second language

■ to provide frameworks for observing and reflecting on teacher and learner roles in the classroom

■ to introduce principles underlying teaching of language skills and language systems and applications to lesson design

■ to introduce key concepts on the  principles of lesson sequencing and planning 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ demonstrate an understanding of theories of teaching and learning in relation to differing lesson aims

■ critically reflect on the processes involved in language learning, linking theory and practice, for a variety of lesson types

■ identify a range of teacher and learner roles, and classroom management issues in lesson observations

■ apply key concepts in lesson planning when designing language skills and language systems lessons

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.