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Materials Development In English Language Teaching (Module)

Module description


This module will examine the role of materials within the ELT curriculum, and provide participants with tools to investigate learners’ needs, plan courses for ESP and General English classes, and analyse, design and adapt tasks and materials for their students. The module builds on work already done in all the previous modules, especially on task-based instruction and SLA, descriptions of English, curriculum design and pedagogy. Participants will have the opportunity to apply theory and principles from these earlier modules and put them to practical use.

This is a theory-informed practice-oriented module and quite a large part of class time will be used for workshops where participants will work together in pairs and groups, evaluating, adapting and designing materials, and planning courses based on the needs of their students, with the help of the tutors. Some of the outputs from these workshops may be included in participants’ assignments. Participants will be expected to find time between sessions to do further work on materials development tasks that they start in the workshop sessions, in addition to reading the key texts. It is also recommended that during the module participants spend some time looking carefully at published materials as a source of ideas on content, topics, task types, layout and design, methodology and syllabus. 

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for subsequent academic years.

Staff information

Danny Norrington-Davies

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

3,500 word assignment

Key information

Module code 7SSEE007

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester summer session 1

Study abroad module Yes