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Summer School - New Directions in Second Language Teaching, 4-22 July 2015, UK

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2015

Deadline: Apr 08, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 04, 2016 12:00 to Jul 22, 2016 12:00

This course will introduce and explore the complex relationship between global level contexts of second language acquisition, language learning and language pedagogy, and a micro-level approach focused on the language itself. It presents the current evidence base that informs practice and encourages participants to engage with this evidence on a critical and practical level.

This course introduces the evidence base of second language learning and teaching and its practical implications for a range of diverse contexts. It considers this with regards to the practical applicability of practitioners’ knowledge and skills in relation to their own background, interest and future direction.

There is a strong emphasis on research and problem-based pedagogy, considering the importance of the participants own experiences in the inquiry.

The course gives students the opportunity to research aspects of the field, e.g. through the use of corpora or collecting data in a natural setting. There may also be opportunities to observe practitioners and experiment with pedagogies in practical microteaching tasks.

Students will work, with guidance, on small research projects and present their research outcomes at the end of each week. The feedback from these presentations will feed forward to the summative poster presentation at the end of week 3.

The course will be staffed by regular TESOL staff (for lectures) and TESOL PhD students and ATs (for workshop and assessment).

Students will be able to begin working effectively with knowledge that covers and integrates current developments in Second Language Teaching both from a local and a global perspective.

They will develop a critical understanding of the situated nature of Second Language Teaching and an understanding of the techniques of enquiry or research methodologies as a way to become acquainted with ways in which the field of Second Language Teaching grows.

Students will be able to begin evaluating and designing language teaching materials as a way to develop a practical understanding of the contexts of language teaching and will be able to begin synthesising a variety of primary and secondary sources, written, visual and material, to create a convincing analysis of data, execute a research activity and present outcomes.

The fees for this course have been laid out fully on our course fees page.

As course fees and accommodation costs are payable separately, it will not be possible to reduce the tuition fee cost for those students who opt to arrange their own accommodation off-campus.

Tuition Fee

£575 per week


You have a choice of accommodation options for varying prices, dependent on your preferences:

  • Standard Single, DB&B: £294.00 per week
  • En-suite Single, DB&B: £469.00 per week
  • Self-Catered, Shared: £168.00 per week

Social Programme

To enhance your experience at the University of Edinburgh Summer School, a variety of social and cultural activities will be organized to allow you to explore and discover the history, traditions and beauty of Scotland whilst meeting people from across the world. Each student can participate in the social and cultural activities which are included in the course fee.  A free gym membership is included as well as a variety of fun and interesting things to do and see in Edinburgh.  Additionally, students can book on to day and weekend tours to explore the rest and best of Scotland (at a discounted rate for Summer School students).

Other costs

Please note you will also need to pay for any essential books on the reading lists provided and any entrance fees for exhibits and other related fees on study visits.

Scholarship - Scottish Summer Endeavour

Scholarship application opens on 1st December 

Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.  


The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.

 In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.

To apply:

1. Choose the course you are interested in.

2. Go to your preferred programme page and select ‘click here to apply now’, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.

2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:

  • one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
  • (interim) degree transcripts
  • Evidence of an internationally recognised English language qualification (if appropriate).

4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.

5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.

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Host Countries

United Kingdom