Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE ENG5064

 
TITLE Developing English Language Proficiency

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Centre for English Language Proficiency

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit equips students with a solid understanding of the core theoretical and practical issues related to how learners of English as a second or foreign language develop their proficiency. Students will be able to examine a range of methods and approaches that have been devised in order to facilitate the process of mastering the English language. This study-unit provides students with an opportunity of exploring the effective learning of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and receptive and productive skills. Students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to a variety of TESOL contexts, materials and learners.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with the tools to describe and analyse speech and writing;
- To provide students with the tools to describe and analyse English grammar;
- To develop students’ skills in using corpora to investigate language use;- To provide students with an understanding of the key theoretical and practical issues related to the development of English language proficiency;
- To enable students to identify methods and approaches that facilitate the development of English language proficiency in TESOL contexts;
- To enable students to describe the issues that specifically concern the development of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, receptive and productive skills; and
- To guide students to apply their knowledge of how English language proficiency is developed to a variety of TESOL contexts, materials and learners.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify the relationship between language form and and function;
- Identify the key theoretical and practical issues in relation to the development of English language proficiency;
- Identify the methods and approaches that have been devised to facilitate the development of English language proficiency;
- Describe the issues that specifically concern the development of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, receptive and productive skills.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Analyse and critique theory related to the development of English proficiency;
- Compare and contrast different theories, methods and approaches related to the development of English language proficiency;
- Apply their knowledge of theoretical and practical issues to a variety of TESOL contexts, materials and learners;
- Describe and analyse authentic material (spoken and written);
- Analyse a wide range of grammatical phenomena;
- Use corpora as a tool for language learning and language teaching;
- Write critically and engagingly about theoretical and practical issues related to the development of English language proficiency;
- Present their views through an informed process in oral form;
- Conduct tasks involving describing the structure of the English language.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Carter, R., & Nunan, D. (2001). The Cambridge guide to teaching English to speakers of other languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- McDonough, J., Shaw, C., & Masuhara, H. (2013). Materials and methods in ELT (3rd ed.). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
- O'Keeffe, A., McCarthy, M., & Carter, R. (2007). From corpus to classroom: Language use and language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Shockey, L. (2003). Sound patterns of spoken English. Oxford: Blackwell.
- Yavas, M. (2011). Applied English phonology (2nd ed.). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Note: All texts are/will be available through the library or as part of the lecturer's resources. Students will be given a comprehensive study pack at the start of the study-unit.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM1 No 25%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 75%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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