Postgraduate taught 

TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages MSc

Developing Professional Practice in TESOL EDUC5823

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to develop an understanding of advanced principles in materials and lesson design. Adopting a practitioner enquiry led approach, students will investigate underlying theories in relation to specific types of lessons, and consider applications to differing contexts.


Daytime sessions- 2 hours per week, 11 weeks

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Course Design and Practice


Summative assessment: a portfolio of work including an individual oral presentation and a written assignment totalling 3000 words.


1. Assignment 1: Oral presentation (25%)

A classroom research project on an aspect of language learning. Students will present on their chosen area, critically evaluating the effectiveness of their method of enquiry and reporting on findings in relation of relevant theories.


2. Assignment 2: Written assignment 3,000 words (75%):  

An investigation into a specific aspect of language learning, discussion of relevant theoretical principles and applications of these to lesson and course design.  The assignment will be accompanied by a series of three lesson plans contextualised within a short course.

Course Aims

On this course participants have an opportunity to apply theoretical principles of task and materials design to classroom practice. They will critically reflect on learning processes and related approaches at an advanced level, going beyond lesson planning to course design and materials development. This reflection is linked to the development of skills to undertake a small classroom research project through an 'exploratory practice' or 'practitioner enquiry' approach.


Specific aims of the course are :


■ to provide a foundation in the principles of practitioner enquiry and a range of methods of enquiry

■ to provide a framework for critically reflecting on a of range of teaching skills and practices, and materials and learning tasks

■ to introduce relevant principles of course and syllabus design in planning schemes of work (planning a series of lessons and short courses )

■ to develop an awareness of differences in contexts and how this can affect planning and delivery

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ reflect critically on classroom practices in a range of contexts, relating practice to relevant theories

■ carry out small scale classroom based research projects

■ analyse the processes required to develop learners' language and skills and select relevant learning tasks and materials for these

■ plan a series of language skills and language systems lessons within the context of a short course.

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.