Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code ENGL666
Coordinator Dr JG Ethelston
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 7 FHEQ Second Semester 15


The module aims to allow students the opportunity to learn from the diverse teaching experience of professional teachers at the University of Liverpool. A second aim is to raise students' awareness of what is currently thought to be good practice. The third and final aim is to investigate how and why classroom approaches, (eg teachers' questions) interact with students' learning.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will demonstrate knowledge of relevant literature in relation to a range of classroom behaviour, including the teacher’s use of questions and corrective feedback, interaction patterns and the teaching of skills and knowledge.

(LO2) Students will demonstrate understanding of how the above aspects of classroom behaviour can relate to a student’s language acquisition.

(LO3) Students will demonstrate knowledge required to respectfully discuss and criticize ideas that are put forward by others, whether by scholars in literature, or by their classmates.

(LO4) Students will apply the above knowledge to a critical evaluation of one or a number of videoed lessons of experienced ESOL practitioners.

(S1) Ability to apply pedagogical theories to an analysis and evaluation of observed teacher/learner behaviour.

(S2) Ability to critically assess the applicability of some theories of classroom behaviour to different cultural teaching and learning contexts, both local and international.

(S3) Be sensitive to cultural context when working with others.

(S4) Effective academic writing and referencing.

(S5) Effective, targeted linguistic research.

(S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) and negotiation skills.

(S7) Ability of the student to provide an informed critical perspective on their own future performance.



Topics covered typically include:
Teachers' Responses to Students' Language,
Teachers' Questions,
Teachers' instructions and setting up activities,
Student behaviour and participation,
Student attention,
Patterns of interaction,
Stages in a class,
Teaching skills,
Teaching grammar, and
Teaching vocabulary.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered by weekly 1-hour whole-cohort workshops and weekly 1-hour seminars of no more than 25 students. The majority of teaching will be delivered face to face on campus. Online delivery will be used to complement the on-campus delivery and where technology affords a better learning experience.

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   20

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 130


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.    100       

Recommended Texts

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