Principles and Practice in English Language Teaching


The student will be able to:
a) demonstrate an ability to reflect and critically examine the major methods and approaches to language learning and relate these to practical approaches
towards teaching the four skills, grammar and vocabulary .
b) demonstrate an ability to reflect on current trends and issues and consider future implications for their teaching context.
c) understand factors which bring about change in educational approaches and how they may prepare themselves for new professional challenges as English language teachers;
d) develop knowledge and understanding of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL).
e) understand the social, cultural, and linguistic factors involved in the process of intercultural communication;
f) examine and discuss critically texts related to the topics in debate.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carolyn Elizabeth Leslie


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 280

Teaching language





  • Byram, M., Holmes, P. and Savvides, N. (2013). Intercultural communicative competence in foreign language education: Questions of theory, practice and research. Language Learning Journal 41(3): 251-253.
  • Carter, R., & Nunan, D.(Eds.). (2001).The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Coyle, D., Hood, P. & Marsh, D. (2010). CLIL: Content and Language Integrated Learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Hedge, T. (2000). Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Jackson, Jane (ed.) (2012). The Routledge Handbook of Language and Intercultural Communication. NY: Routledge.
  • Marsh, D. (2013). The CLIL Trajectory: Educational Innovation for the 21st Century iGeneration. Cordoba: Servicio de ublicaciones de la Universidad de Córdoba
  • Richards, J., & Rodgers, T. (2001). Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching method

The teaching-learning process to be developed in this course unit takes place in a virtual environment (e-learning, with recourse to Moodle platform) and will
be conducted in three separate teaching modules:

1) Methods and Approaches

2)Language and intercultural competence and

3)Content and Language
Integrated Learning (CLIL). The learning methods combine individual study with collaborative work. Students are required to carry out individual reading and research work and to develop a critical reflection on course materials. Collaborative work conducted in discussion forums, in which students are expected to participate by present the conclusions of their reflection on the course material, debating specific questions or topics, and presenting and discussing their own course work and that developed by their classmates

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment - Assessment is continuous, and based on the quality and pertinence of forum discussions and on the works (individual and group) presented for discussion and evaluation.(100%)

Subject matter

This seminar explores the key theories which underpin practice and approaches to the practice of EFL. It considers current communicative approaches and alternative approaches and methods and how these influence practical approaches to teaching the four skills, grammar and vocabulary. In addition current trends and issues, and how these may impact classroom practice are explored, in particular the theoretical concept of 'interculturality', implementation principles and key concepts. Moreover, it explores the influential factors which have given rise to CLIL and broadened its variety and scope across educational contexts. It examines the unique features of this educational approach paying particular attention to methodology and the fusion of language and content subject knowledge bases. The seminar guides students towards an understanding of the requirements for implementing CLIL and the competences of teachers involved.


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