Culture and English Language Teaching ENGLANG4033

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Culture and English Language Teaching is a student-led, experiential course focusing on key concepts in the teaching of language and culture to speakers of English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL). Topics normally include: intercultural communicative competence, political issues in ELT, ethnography in the classroom, and approaches to the development of language learners' receptive and productive skills.


1 x 2hr session per week over 10 weeks; 2 x 2-hour workshop sessions, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Linguistics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Language and Linguistics, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses

ENGLANG4001 Culture and ELT




Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Report (1500 words) - 25%

Lesson plan and rationale (1500 words) - 25%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ explore in detail a number of key concepts in the teaching of language and culture to speakers of English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL);

■ participate in student-led presentations on theoretical, methodological and/or practical topics;

■ interact with students and teachers of English elsewhere in the world through appropriate electronic fora;

■ gain an understanding of how theoretical insights from disciplines such as linguistics, ethnography and cultural studies can be transformed into pedagogical practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ explain how languages produce and reflect cultural difference;

■ summarise principles underlying the teaching of language and skills in ELT;

■ critically evaluate ELT materials;

■ plan and write concise essays combining theoretical and practical work;

■ work with peers to present ideas and information and collectively negotiate solutions.

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.