Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2010-2011 (archived)


Department: English Language Centre


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2010/11 Module Cap None.
Tied to Q3K207
Tied to Q3K307


  • None.


  • LANG40130 Language Teaching Methods and Practice.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Be familiar with a range of EFL teaching material for different levels and contexts.
  • Have the requisite skills to be able to evaluate the appropriateness of materials according to the age/level/cultural background/context of EFL learner classes.
  • Have the ability to produce and develop their own materials based on understanding of ELT methodologies and theories.
  • Have developed the ability to adapt and supplement materials according to the specific needs of the class.


  • This module is focussed on developing a theoretical and practical approach to materials design, evaluation and development. It involves students developing a practical understanding of the principles and procedures of the design, implementation and evaluation of language teaching materials. Through familiarisation with current approaches and methods in coursebook and materials design students will work with and adapt a range of published teaching materials for a variety of specific contexts. It will pay particular attention to issues of cultural and linguistic appropriacy, age and level of learners and current teaching methodology.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Full understanding of key theories in material development and evaluation.
  • Understanding of current approaches in designing and evaluating materials for a range of contexts.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to critically evaluate a range of ELT materials.
  • Ability to select, adapt and develop a range of teaching materials for specific contexts.
  • To provide a rationale for evaluation and development of materials drawing on current theory where possible.
Key Skills:
  • Ability to connect theoretical issues to an applied context.
  • Ability to read and understand primary and secondary texts.
  • Ability to draw on existing knowledge of language teaching theory and methodology.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures will provide a background in current approaches to materials design and evaluation.
  • This input will provide the basis for seminars on a range of current ELT materials: coursebooks, resourcebooks, supplementary materials.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 1 per fortnight during term 2 2 hours 18
Tutorials 1 during term 2 30 mins .5
Preparation and Reading 131.5
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay/Rationale Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay/Rationale plus materials adaptation/design 3,000 word equivalent 100%

Formative Assessment:

Presentation of materials production and rationale.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University