Course and Syllabus Design

Module code: EN7509

This module will help you to understand the place of course and syllabus design in ELT and to review the underlying principles that govern the classification of syllabuses. It examines and evaluates the types of syllabus that are currently in use and aims to enable you to design a course and syllabus fit for a particular purpose.

Topics covered

  • Roles of syllabuses
  • Types of syllabuses
  • Task-based syllabuses
  • The CLIL syllabus
  • Dogme
  • Putting a syllabus together


  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 5 hours of project supervision
  • 138 hours of guided independent study


  • Assignment, 3,000 words (100%)


With the prior agreement of the module leader(s) the assessment for two option modules may be combined in a single submission of 6,000 words.