Teaching and Researching Second Language Speech

Institute of Education, University College London)

Course Objective

Instructed second language (L2) speech learning is concerned with how young adolescent and adult L2 learners develop phonological, lexical, grammatical and discoursal aspects of language in order to enhance the rate and ultimate attainment of their overall oral speaking and listening proficiency skills under classroom conditions. The module provides an introduction to the theory and research on this topic by interfacing research perspectives in L2 pronunciation, listening, fluency, vocabulary, grammar, education, and psycholinguistics in an interdisciplinary manner.


BA students

2015-2016 [Download]
2016-2017 [Download]
2017-2018 [Download]
2018-2019 [Download]

MA students

2015-2016 [Download]
2017-2018 [Download]
2019-2020 [Download] **nominated for UCL STUDENT CHOICE AWARD 2020
2021-2022 [Download]
2022-2023 [Download] **nominated for UCL STUDENT CHOICE AWARD 2022
Course Materials

Syllabus [Download]

Class 1: Intro to Language and Speech Research [Download]
Class 2: Teaching, Assessing & Researching L2 Speaking [Download]
Class 3; Teaching, Assessing & Researching L2 Listening [Download]
Class 4: Teaching, Assessing & Researching L2 Pronunciation [Download]
Class 5: Teaching, Assessing & Researching L2 Fluency [Download]
Class 6: Teaching, Assessing & Researching L2 Vocab [Download]
Class 7: Theories in L2 Speech [Download]
Class 8: L2 Speech Development & Ultimate Attainment [Download
Class 9; Cognitive Individual Differences in L2 Speech [Download]
Class 10: Sociopsychological Indivisual Differences in L2 Speech [Download]

Research potential: L2 speaking and listening specifically has been considered as having much potential for publication. Over the past 50 years, much TESOL work has been concerned with writing, reading, grammar and vocabulary learning. Recently, however, a growing number of scholars have begun to research L2 speaking and listening, making this topic one of the most promising ones. UCL will be the first TESOL programme in the UK that will provide a focused module specifically on L2 speaking and listening, serving as a unique selling point for research-oriented students.

Pedagogical implications
: Although many teachers in ESOL classrooms worldwide have exclusively focused on teaching writing, reading, grammar and vocabulary teaching, very few know how to design, provide and elaborate speaking and listening lessons due to the lack of relevant research and adequate teacher training. However, attaining both speaking and listening skills plays a significant role in second language communicative competence, which is fundamental to being an independent and functional user of second language. This module will equip TESOL students with ample research-based knowledge on what comprises optimal training methods for improving speaking and listening skills. In doing so, it will enrich students’ future teaching and career development.