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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM266: Principles of Language Learning for TESOL

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Week 1 - An overview of key debates and issues in second language learning theory

Week 2 - A short history of second language learning theory mentalist versus behavioural perspectives

Week 3 - Interaction and language processing (the Interactionist perspective)

Week 4 - Sociocultural theory and mediated learning (socio-cognitive perspective)

Week 5 - Language learning strategies and learning styles

Week 6 - Language learning motivation and anxiety

Week 7 - Identity and second language learning

Week 8 - Language learning as participation and socialization

Week 9 - Multilingualism and language learning

Week 10 - Conclusion: recap, Q+A, assignment briefing, discussion of essay topics 

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and teaching activities30lectures, seminars and tutorials
Learning and teaching activities20pre-session tasks
guided independent study80assignment preparation
guided independent study170directed/self-directed reading

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).


Web CT resource platform including powerpoints, research papers and interactive tasks.


Other Learning Resources


English Language Teaching (ELT) Journal

Int. Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism*

Language and Education

Language and Intercultural Communication

Language Learning

Language, Identity, and Education

Modern English Teacher (MET)

Modern Language Journal

TESOL Quarterly

* available from Gaby’s office (contact Gaby)