Postgraduate taught 

TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages MSc

Descriptions Of Language And Applications To The Classroom EDUC5847

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This compulsory core course of the MEd and MSc TESOL offers an overview of key approaches approaches to describing language in context and considers how this is relevant to the language learning classroom. The course focuses on approaches to discourse analysis, descriptions of lexico-grammatical features and of aspects of phonolgy and phonetics.


2 hours per week, 12 weeks.
Completion of online tasks throughout the semester (total 36 hours - 3 a week)

Excluded Courses



Portfolio of 2 short assignments:


Assignment 1: written assignment on discourse 1,000 words - 25% and written assignment on syntax and lexis 2,000 words - 50% = 75%

Assignment 2: written assignment on phonetics and phonology 1,000 words -25%

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide participants with the skills to analyse language in a range of contexts, spoken and written and apply the knowledge to their teaching in the classroom.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


• identify and differentiate between varieties of spoken and written registers and genres

• describe a range of lexico-grammatical features within different registers and genres

• explain how meaning is created through particular linguistic selections

• apply descriptions of language use for pedagogic purposes

• make use of text corpora for linguistic analysis

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

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