Course outline_ENG701_Advanced Methodology




Title:                    Advanced Methodology For Language Teaching       

Course code:       ENG701

No. of credits:      3 credits



This course presents language teaching approaches and methods both historically and currently. The theoretical underpinnings and methodological principles of second/foreign language teaching are discussed and evaluated. Students in the course demonstrate their understanding of the principles behind how we learn language by designing a plan for a unit of work which integrates content knowledge, contextual fit and language skills. This course engages students in a discussion of the cultural and social contexts of language learning and teaching. It focuses on the different current methods of language teaching including Communicative language teaching, Task based Language Teaching (TBLT), Content Based Instruction (CBI) & Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)


  • Develop an understanding of the key concepts and terminology in the field of language teaching methodology
  • Achieve important insights into the different teaching approaches/ methods, learning and teaching of the language skills in different teaching contexts
  • Design optimal learning activities that engage learners through integrating content, language and culture
  • Incorporate key methodological principles associated with the various teaching approaches into lesson planning
  • Develop a range of effective workplace skills including problem-solving, team work, presentation and self-study


  • Principles of language teaching
  • Historical overview of language
  • teaching methods
  • Communicative language teaching
  • (CLT)
  • Task-based language teaching
  • (TBLT)
  • Content-based instruction & CLIL
  • Classroom assessment techniques and applications
  • Classroom interaction
  • Error correction
  • Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • Teaching Reading & Writing
  • Teaching Vocabulary & Grammar


4.1. Required textbooks

  • Ur, P. (2012). A course in language teaching: practice and theory. (2nd ed.). Cambridge: CUP.

4.2. Reference materials

  • Brown, H.D. (2007). Teaching by principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy. (2nd ed.). New York: Longman.
  • Carter, R. & Nunan, D. (Eds.). (2001). The Cambridge guide to teaching English to speakers of other languages. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Doff, A. (1988). Teach English. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Harmer, J. (2007). The practice of English language teaching. (4th ed.). Harlow: Longman.
  • Nunan, D. (1999). Second language teaching and learning. Boston: Heinle & Heinle.
  • Prabhu, N.S. (1990). There is no best method – why? TESOL Quarterly, 24, 2, 161-176.
  • Richards, J.C. & Renandya, W.A. (Eds.). (2002). Methodology in Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Richards, J.C. & Rodgers, T.S. (2001). Approaches and methods in language teaching. (2nd ed.). Cambridge: CUP.
  • Websites/ Softwares:



5.1     Midterm (50%)

  • Class participation , discussion and presentation (10%)
  • Demonstration of techniques (20%)
  • Personal reflection on approaches and methods (20%)

5.2     Final (50%)

  • Final Project: Report


  • Directed study:               45 periods
  • Independent Study:        135 periods