EDEM615 Learning & Teaching Languages

20 Nov 2017 - 18 Feb 2018
EDEM615-17SU2 (D) (distance) EDEM615-17SU2 (D) (on campus)

Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of current thinking about instructed language learning and the ability to judiciously plan for and deliver research-informed language courses for a variety of settings and learners.

This is a 30-credit 0.25 EFTS online Level 8 course, running from November - February. This course is suitable for language teachers or those who plan to teach languages, especially those who are teaching English as a second or foreign language or other languages without having a specialist language teaching qualification, or those who qualified long ago or in a very different kind of educational system.

The students will gain a comprehensive overview of the field of language learning and teaching and the ability to judiciously plan for research-informed language courses for a variety of settings, target languages, learners and learning environments.

This is a course that is compulsory in the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL), the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PGCertTESOL) and the Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MCALL). It is a restricted optional course in the PGDipEd and the MEd endorsed in Teaching and Learning Languages. It can also be taken as a stand-alone course for a Certificate of Proficiency or with something else for a PGCertEd.

There will be weekly real-time online meetings at 4-5pm on Mondays which will be recorded for later (re)viewing by those who cannot be online at that time; the rest of the course will be flexible in time as well as space. Participants will get a comprehensive overview of current thinking about instructed language learning and the ability to judiciously plan for research-informed language courses for a variety of settings and learners.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the course will be able to:

  • Analyse and evaluate research in the field of learning and teaching of languages in order to identify pedagogical, cultural and social issues involved in language learning and/or teaching
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of current thinking in instructed learning and teaching of languages
  • Critically evaluate resources used in the learning and teaching of languages
  • Integrate knowledge of a target language with knowledge about learning and teaching languages to effectively plan and evaluate teaching and assessment of that language for a particular
  • educational setting
  • Explain and demonstrate successful language teaching strategies in the context of a specific language teaching curriculum

Key Content

  • Critical exploration of contemporary approaches to instructed language acquisition
  • Critical reading and evaluation of recent research in language teaching and language pedagogy
  • Focus on form: teaching grammar and pronunciation
  • Teaching and assessing vocabulary, speaking, listening, writing and reading
  • Task-based language learning and integrated skills
  • Planning
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Individual factors affecting language learning
  • Language teacher professional development
  • Critical examination of teaching materials

Additional Course Outline Information

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