Module code: ELAM010

Module Overview

The module will provide an introduction to the process of second language curriculum design. It will cover a range of issues related to the design, implementation and evaluation of second language curricula.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

FLOATER Gavin (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: X162

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Defining syllabus design

  • Product-oriented syllabuses

  • Process-oriented syllabuses

  • Learning needs and goals

  • Selecting and grading content and tasks

  • Curriculum innovation

  • Curriculum evaluation

  • Needs and environment analysis

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PROJECT REPORT (2,000 WORDS) 40
Examination EXAM (2 HOURS) 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a knowledge of the issues central to curriculum design and to apply that knowledge to a familiar teaching / learning context


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of


  • a two hour exam on topics related to the module content and demonstrating the learning outcomes.


  • a written report of 2,000 words intended to apply the knowledge gained to a language learning context.



Formative assessment


Classroom-based seminar tasks

Homework activities




Group and individual feedback on classroom-based tasks will be provided during the input sessions.

Individual feedback on the assessed work will be provided online via SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • This module aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of what a language curriculum is and how to design and evaluate it. The component parts which make up a language curriculum and the relationship between them will be looked at and a process for designing a language course will be analysed.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terminology such as ‘curriculum' and ‘syllabus’ KC
2 Distinguish between the different types of language syllabus KCP
3 Be familiar with the elements which comprise a language curriculum K
4 Critically evaluate different types of language syllabus KCPT
5 Design a draft language course for a given context PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Enable students to acquire in-depth knowledge of theoretical issues in second language teaching and learning through attendance at classes and an exploration of scholarly writing in the field;

  • Enable students to deepen their knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers of English through attending classes, engaging in extensive reading and completing exercises and assignments;

  • Encourage student participation and independent learning, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and evaluate concepts, theories and practices associated with English language learning and teaching through attending classes, and engaging in independent study.

  • Acquire in-depth knowledge of the principles underlying language curriculum design and evaluation through attendance at classes and an exploration of scholarly writing in the field

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Two contact hours per week over the semester;

  • Classes will include lectures and seminars;

  • Students are expected to engage in extensive reading of scholarly writing outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.