Spanish MA

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Hons) EAS4001

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course covers the core principles of English Language Teaching (ELT) methodology, with a focus on teaching approaches for the 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and the language system at both sentence and discourse level. It gives students peer /group practice in planning lessons, teaching with a variety of material and employing a variety of teaching techniques, while also raising awareness of contemporary issues in the ELT field.


6 x 2-hour seminars and 8 x 1.5-hour workshops over both semesters as scheduled on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Essay (1000 words) - 25%

Essay (1000 words) - 25%

Project (2000 words) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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:

■ engage with the theory and practice of English language teaching (ELT) in its current global context;

■ examine principles and practical applications for teaching the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and the language systems (grammar, lexis and phonology);

■ experience peer teaching practice, using coursebooks and authentic material;

■ explore contemporary areas of debate encountered within the ELT profession;

■ learn from experienced teachers putting their skills and knowledge into practice (via DVDs and live observations).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ apply descriptions of language systems to the classroom context, by means of lesson plans;

■ plan lessons and parts of lessons for specified groups of learners, applying relevant pedagogical principles; 

■ identify and critically evaluate contemporary local, national or global issues in the ELT profession.

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.