EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning

17 Jul 2017 - 19 Nov 2017
EDEM633-17S2 (D) (distance) or EDEM633-17S2 (C) (on campus)

Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the field of technology-enhanced language learning and develop an ability to select, evaluate and create digital tools for language learning in a variety of learning contexts. This compulsory course presents the history and development of technology-enhanced language learning and students learn about the affordances and constraints of a wide variety of digital tools and materials and how they can be used in a pedagogically appropriate way to enhance language learning as well as creating materials for technology-enhanced language learning in a particular context.

Technology-enhanced language learning has developed through a number of phases since its first inception half a century ago. This course offers an exploration of the history leading to the current state of TELL. Students will critically read and evaluate recent research in TELL and discuss pedagogical, cultural and social issues. Case studies will be used to describe and analyse the use of TELL. Students will carry out a description and analysis of an educational setting from the point of view of its implementation of and/or readiness for TELL. This might be an Early Childhood Education setting, a school or after-school context or adult or tertiary education. In this setting, students will plan for and/or justify the introduction of appropriate TELL with reference to theories that inform language learning and teaching. They will also analyse and assess a range of digital tools and materials for language learning and/or teaching appropriate for that particular setting, and finally create or adapt a digital tool or material for language education in a chosen educational setting and demonstrate its use.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning  
  • Analyse and evaluate research in the field of technology-enhanced language learning in order to identify pedagogical, cultural and social issues involved in the use of digital technologies for language learning and/or teaching
  • Describe and analyse an educational setting from the point of view of its implementation of, and/or readiness for, technology-enhanced language learning.
  • Justify the use of technology-enhanced language learning in an educational setting with reference to theories that inform language learning and teaching, demonstrating understanding of the wider socio-economic, political, cultural factors.
  • Plan for and create a demonstration of a digital tool and/or material for language education in a chosen educational setting
  • Test and critically evaluate a range of digital tools and materials for language learning and/or teaching according to their affordances and constraints and appropriateness to a particular context.

Timetable 2017

Note that these are online webinars. They are recorded for those who cannot attend in real time. You do not have to come to campus.

Day Time Location Weeks
Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 Wheki 204

17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Assessment

Assessment Percentage  Description
A research bibliography 20%
Portfolio 40% A material evaluation portfolio including a 4-5 minute web-based film presenting a digital tool or material created by the student and suggesting how it can be used to support language learning and/or teaching in a specific context
Participation 40% Active, well-prepared participation in course activities

Textbooks

Due to the rapidly evolving state of the field and the nature of this course, required reading is set as close as possible to the start of the course. Every effort will be made to use texts that are available electronically.

Additional Course Outline information

Available here