This course provides an introduction to basic principles of language teaching and the systems of language. Students take units in TESOL Methodologies, Material Design and Assessment (where the emphasis is on practical aspects of language teaching and learning) Transcultural Communication, Introduction to Language. This course is designed to develop and support the careers of teaching professionals and graduate professionals working in language-related areas.
NB: The course does not include a practicum and nor does it lead to a formal teaching qualification.
What you'll learn
- an ability to apply the theoretical principles and concepts which underpin contemporary TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) specific practices;
- an understanding of the diverse needs of students and an ability to frame creative solutions to problems of pedagogy;
- an ability to access key texts in the field, and to analyse critically key concepts in the field and an ability to synthesise information from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives;
- an ability to communicate effectively, including the ability to communicate key concepts relevant to TESOL;
- an awareness of available technologies and an insight into how they can be used creatively to a specific advantage in TESOL;
- an awareness of the importance of self-directed learning for professional growth and a demonstrated ability to take responsibility for individual intellectual development;
- an awareness of the theoretical and practical implications for TESOL in a global context;
- an appreciation of the value of cultural and linguistic diversity and its place in TESOL;
- a demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team; plan a challenging and supportive learning environment.