TEFL Methodology I - 1st semester


a) To acquire concepts and terminology central to teaching-and-learning EFL.
b) To identify, characterize and assesse different methods and approaches in TEFL.
c) To get familiar with national English syllabuses and with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
d) To have a critical understanding of the contemporary uses of digital technology with regard to the implications for teaching and learning.
e) To reflect on teaching-and-learning issues in pedagogical contexts, articulating declarative knowledge (savoir); skills and know-how (savoir-faire); existential competence (savoir-être) and ability to learn (savoir-apprendre).
f) To develop reflection on the foreign language learner, the different teacher roles, and classroom interaction patterns.
g) To build up proposals to develop productive and receptive skills.
h) To increase awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.
i) To reflect, analyse and discuss processes to be developed in the classroom using principles and knowledge from methodology classes.
j) To explain evaluation and assessment principles, types and objectives.
k) To describe processes to manage mistakes in a pedagogical positive way.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Gonçalves Matos


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Byram, M. and Adelheid Hu (eds) (2013). Routledge Enyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning, 2nd ed. Routledge: Oxon and NY.
Council of Europe (2001). Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Harmer, J. (2007). The Practice of English Language Teaching. Harlow: Longman;
Senior, R. (2006). The Experience of Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Spratt, M., A. Pulverness and M. Williams (2011). The TKT Course Modules 1, 2 and 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching method

The course will combine theoretical and practical classes, including presentation, demonstration, practical exercises, group discussion and reflection on the topics studied. Classes will favour the practical implementation of theory, interaction and students’ active participation both individually and in a group.

Evaluation method

Students will carry out individual theoretical and practice assignments throughout the semester (60%) and will pass a written test in class (40%). Regular contribution during classes will be subject to assessment.

Subject matter

a) Language and central concepts underlying TEFL.
b) English syllabi and the CEFRL.
c) Theories, methodologies and approaches to teaching EFL.
d) Receptive and productive skills.
e) Learner motivation, differences between learners and different learning contexts
f) Planning, resources and classroom management.
g) Theories and rationales guiding assessment and evaluation.
h) The role of error in a pedagogical perspective.
i) Testing instruments and techniques.
j) Digital technology in the foreign language classroom.