Culture and English Language Teaching ENGLANG4033

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Culture and English Language Teaching is a student-led, experiential course focusing on key concepts in the teaching of language and culture, including teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Topics may include: intercultural communicative competence, political issues in ELT, ethnography in the classroom, and approaches to the development of language learners' receptive and productive skills.


1 x 2hr session per week over 10 weeks, as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in English Language and Linguistics and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into English Language and Linguistics, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.




Essay (2000 words) - 50%

Report (1500 words) - 25%

Set exercise (1500 words) - 25%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ familiarise students with a number of key concepts in the teaching of language and culture;

■ provide an opportunity for students to collaborate with students from different cultures;

■ develop skills in how theoretical insights from disciplines such as linguistics, education, and cultural studies can be transformed into pedagogical practice

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ explain principles of language teaching pedagogy;

■ appraise how culture and language teaching interact;

■ evaluate how theory and pedagogical practice interact;

■ construct complex arguments across genres relevant to teaching practice.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.