Module code: ELAM010

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

FLOATER GW Mr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

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 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
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key terminology such as ‘curriculum' and ‘syllabus’ KC
Distinguish between the different types of language syllabus KCP
Be familiar with the elements which comprise a language curriculum K
Critically evaluate different types of language syllabus KCPT
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

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

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.

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.

Reading list

Reading list for CURRICULUM DESIGN :

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 2017/8 academic year.