Second Language Teaching

Module code: EN7521
Module co-ordinator: Dr Jim Askham

In this module you will explore key aspects of contemporary English Language Teaching methodology and the main principles underpinning a wide range of approaches and techniques for the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. We will examine key concepts and terminology used in applied linguistics and TESOL for describing the teaching process. We will look at developments and controversies in language teaching, including debates about communicative language teaching in different cultural contexts, task-based learning and teaching and the use of corpora. We will also consider the effective teaching of receptive and productive language skills, vocabulary, and their subsequent evaluation.

Topics covered

  • Core teaching approaches and methods 
  • Teaching the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) 
  • Teaching vocabulary 
  • Aspects of classroom interaction


150 hours over 20 weeks to include:

  • reading course materials; reading, watching and listening to required and recommended resources
  • engaging in online module activities/discussion forum 
  • independent study
  • writing the module assignment


  • Written assignment, 3,000 words (100%)
  • You can combine the assessment for this module and the assessment for EN7522 Second Language Learning into a single 6,000-word project.