These modules offer students studying particular courses at the university the opportunity to enhance their English language skills and develop specialist knowledge that is relevant to their degree.



Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Second year students from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, particularly those who are undertaking a year abroad and plan to do overseas assistantships, or related work placements can take this 20-credit, full year module.

About the module

This module introduces some key principles and practical techniques in the teaching of English as a foreign language. It will include workshops, practical teaching sessions, as well as the opportunity to observe Centre for English Language Education classes.

The content can be broken down as follows:

  • Approaches to English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • Focus on vocabulary
  • Focus on language
  • Speaking and communication skills
  • Listening
  • Exploiting resources
  • Electives - such as pronunciation, teaching young learners, language intensive
  • Peer teaching sessions
  • Reflective practice
  • Feedback on teaching practice
  • Essay writing guidance
  • Assessed teaching practice (assessment)
  • Reflective discussion based on assessed teaching practice

How you will be assessed

  • Preparation, planning, creation of materials and delivery of one short EFL task to a group of volunteer international students (You will work in small groups in this task) (40%)
  • 1,500 word essay which critically discusses, analyses and evaluates part(s) of a language learning task in relation to underlying theoretical principles (50%)
  • Reflective discussion: a group feedback discussion to reflect on your own and others' teaching practice (10%)


English for Language Professionals A and B

Students doing the MA Chinese/ English Translation and Interpreting and non-native English speakers doing the MA Translation Studies have to take English for Language Professionals modules A and B (10 credits each) in semesters one and two.

English for Language Professionals Module A

About the module

Module A will provide you with opportunities to further refine your knowledge of English at an advanced level. Lexical, structural, and textual aspects of English will be considered from an applied linguistics viewpoint and the perspective of suitable translation strategies. 

You will work in groups to explore the feasibility of different translation strategies with regard to specific language areas of your choice (such as vocabulary and grammar). The emphasis here lies on exploration and evaluation and practice-oriented consideration.

How you will be assessed

  • Presentations in small groups on one of the topic areas covered in the module (40%)
  • 2,000 word written assignment based on work for the presentation (60%)

English for Language Professionals Module B

About the module

Module B places particular emphasis on genre and register: varieties of English appropriate to different contexts within professional discourse. We will refine our investigation of the English language in several aspects in terms of natural language patterns and the use of corpora to explore these.

You will work in groups to build a corpus of texts in a subject area of your choice. This corpus will then be explored for different language features and their common configurations in the given register.

How you will be assessed

  • Presentations in small groups on one of the topic areas covered in the module (40%)
  • 2,000 word written assignment based on work for the presentation (60%)


Writing Successful Academic Papers

This module is suitable for all new undergraduate students. It is worth 10 credits.

About the module

This course will give you the opportunity to learn and refine the academic skills you will require in your academic discipline in order to more effectively engage in the learning processes and enhance your learning experience.

The course will encourage research and critical reading skills, and train vital writing and oral presentation skills with a view to the production of a purposeful research project. For instance, you will develop skills to:

  • research and structure an essay
  • construct an argument and support it with appropriately cited evidence
  • develop and make good use of your own academic ‘voice’
  • work with academic integrity
  • use appropriate academic language and style

You will receive constructive feedback on the work you produce for this course.

Should your department not accommodate 10-credit modules, you will be able to audit the module (no credit, no assessment), subject to availability of places, by completing this form.

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