ELL310 : Introduction to TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Convenor(s): Dr Oksana Afitska


Please note: This module may or may not run in any given semester. Please check with the tutor.

General Information

The module provides an introductory course to theory and practice of teaching English to second language learners. It familiarizes students with principles and methods of teaching core language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and introduces them to general principles of teaching grammar and vocabulary to second language learners. The course also covers such aspects of the topic as use of materials and resources in second language classrooms, classroom management and discipline, outlines constructs of motivation and learning styles, and introduces students to basic principles of error correction and feedback in second language settings.


The Module consists of 10 lecture sessions, each lasting one academic hour (50 minutes), and 10 seminar sessions, also each lasting one academic hour (50 minutes). The lecture sessions will provide students with the necessary input on the principles and ideas associated with contemporary language teaching methodology. Prior to each lecture students will be assigned a pre-reading. The seminar sessions will involve: (1) work with video recorded extracts of L2 lessons and analysis of these lessons, and (2) experiential learning tasks. The tasks/exercises and associated discussion will consolidate students' understanding of the concepts and ideas introduced in the lecture sessions. Prior to each seminar session students will be given a “homework” task, which will need to be prepared for the session.


There are two parts of assessment: Essay 1, 1500 words (35% of final mark) and Essay 2, 2500 words (65% of final mark)

Contact Details

Dr Oksana Afitska -0114 222 8490


Information last changed: Monday 10th of August 2015 :: 12:39:57 PM (BST)


The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK