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Course Overview

The course aims to help students develop a theoretical and practical understanding of psychological, physiological and environmental factors that influence the well-being of language teachers and learners.   Course is an elective course for the MSc in TESOL.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Agni Connor

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

The language teaching profession can be very gratifying, but it may also be challenging at times. This course will allow students to explore the theoretical underpinnings of the complex interplay among psychological and environmental factors that influence the well-being of language teachers and learners. While doing so, students will examine strategies that can be used to promote well-being in the language teaching context. Common teaching- and learning-related stressors in the language classroom will be discussed and mindfulness-based strategies of coping with them will be explored and reflected on. The students will revisit their teaching pedagogy from the perspective of their own well-being as well as that of their language learners.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 25 - 35

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 1500-word essay (60%), multiple choice test (40%).

Resit: 3000-word essay (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Written and oral feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes


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