English: Processes of Language Acquisition and Communicative Competencies (M2)


The module will focus on language learning, language acquisition and communicative competencies.

Exchange Programme

Possible Combinations 

This course can be combined with English as lingua franca and literature reading to make a 20 ECTS semester and/or Traineeship in Social Work to a maximum of 30 ECTS for the entire semester exchange.

Target Group

Students of Education – Teacher Education, English as a second language or related disciplines


The module will focus on language learning, language acquisition and communicative competencies.

Some of the themes are discourse and strategic competence, language learning strategies and communication strategies, receptive and productive skills, and inter-language development.

We will learn how to plan teaching, which encourages language acquisition.

We will discuss

  • the view of language (functional and communicative approach to language teaching),
  • the view of learning (age appropriate, practical learning, involving physical activity),
  • the view of didactics (“learning by doing”, self-determination), and
  • the view of subject (language and culture).

During the module, we will develop didactic designs for different age groups and class levels.

Proof of English proficiency

All applicants for this offer must show proof of English language proficiency corresponding to a minimum of B2 on the CEFR scale. This can be done by submitting one of the accepted language certificates through the application form.

The accepted certificates and minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: Minimum score: 6.5
  • TOEFL internet-based test: Minimum score: 83
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations: Advanced/CAE or Proficiency/CPE - Grade: C, B or A
  • Cambridge ESOL examinations First Certificate: Grade: A
  • Oxford Online Placement test: Minimum score: 75 overall + 75 in each subtest

The submitted certificates must not be older than 3 years to be considered valid.
If the applicant does not upload an English test, they will automatically be invited to complete an online test issued by UCL. Applicants may also be invited for an online interview upon our request.

Poul Kristensen International Coordinator
Dorthe Østerby Toft International coordinator

Teaching Methods

All teaching and counselling is in oral and written English. You will experience several different teaching methods such as lectures, presentations, dialogue, exchange of experiences, group work, independent studies, as well as portfolio work.

Throughout the module, we will integrate the use of ICT, creative forms of expression such as singing and physical activity in the teaching and didactic designs.


In order to complete the module and obtain a certificate, the student has to:

  • attend and participate actively in class
  • complete an extensive written exam – see below.

Tuition Fee

Not applicable for EU/EEA-students and exchange students from partner institutions, all other students must pay. In this case, please send an e-mail to international@ucl.dk to learn more.  

Type of Activity

Theoretical and practical module


English: Processes of language acquisition and communicative competencies (M2)


Attend and actively participate in classes, individual study of the relevant literature for the module, group work, prepare presentations, assignments and complete a written exam. 

Learning Outcome

  • Plan, carry out, evaluate and develop teaching with focus on communication processes and strategies
  • Apply differentiated teaching strategies to the didactic designs for various class levels and pupils
  • Evaluate pupils’ interlanguage development by analysing pupils’ products
  • Work with learning goals and assessment

There is a 5-hour on-site written exam testing your competence in developing didactic designs. The exam will also test your competencies in genre and theory.

The exam will be graded on the Danish 7-point scale.