MGLU5205 - Advanced/Innovative Teaching Approaches in the English classroom


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 7 days ALLE

Course content

The course introduces students to the current novel approaches to teaching English as an additional language, focusing specifically on approaches appropriate for linguistically and culturally diverse pedagogical settings. The course gives an overview of the existing instructional models that promote multilingualism as a core resource. It gives a rationale for implementation of the following practices to promote multilingualism: 1) Classrooms as multilingual spaces; 2) Interaction and grouping configurations; 3) Teacher and learner language use; 4) Language and culture attitudes; 5) Metacognition and metalinguistic awareness; 6) Teaching materials; 7) Multiliteracy. It also places special emphasis on the collection of empirical data in multilingual classrooms.

Learning outcome


The student has

  • advanced knowledge of current research findings and pedagogical approaches to teaching English as an additional language in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms
  • an in-depth understanding of the effect of multilingualism on additional language acquisition
  • broadened knowledge of how teaching can be differentiated to meet the needs of diverse learner populations
  • extensive knowledge of pedagogical implications of research on multilingualism for teaching English in grades 1-7 and 5-10


The student can

  • use relevant information from research and professional development to conduct teaching and research in a multilingual classroom
  • analyze and relate critically to sources of knowledge, including professional and research literature, and apply this knowledge to formulate critical reasoning
  • develop lesson plans and teaching materials for teaching of English in multilingual settings based on up-to-date research
  • assess student learning and collect empirical data in diverse learner classrooms

General competence

The student can

  • apply linguistic and pedagogical knowledge and skills to new challenges to complete advanced tasks and projects
  • communicate at an advanced level about academic and ethical issues, analyses and conclusions related to the subject area both with subject specialists and with teachers and others (e.g., parents)
  • systematically plan, evaluate and revise lesson plans and learning goals within the English subject
  • contribute to promotion of professional and pedagogical innovation in schools

Learning methods and activities

The course will include lectures, individual and group assignment work, discussions, and oral presentations. All students are expected to contribute actively.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work according to course description

Further on evaluation


  • Each student must lead a group discussion on a given topic
  • 75% compulsory attendance at all scheduled teaching

Mandatory work is graded as approved / not approved. Mandatory work requirements must be approved before a student is allowed to take the final exam.


  • Individual home exam over 7 days consisting of an essay on a given topic related to the course

New / postponed exams are conducted in accordance with current study regulations at NTNU.

Specific conditions

Required previous knowledge

The Candidate must have successfully passed English 1 and completed English 2 to begin Cycle 2 courses. "Passing" is understood as the student completing the course and passing the examination. "Completed" is understood as having all obligatory coursework approved and qualifying the student for the course examination.

Course materials

A syllabus and reading list will be available on the digital learning platforrm before the course starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DID3301 2.0 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: A
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • English
  • Teacher Education
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Teacher Education


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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