Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning

The Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MCALL) will produce skillful language educators who can use technology to enhance learning in a wide variety of settings around the world. Graduates will be able to introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary and adult learning. Of particular interest to language educators and teachers of English and other languages, this programme prepares participants to make optimal use of technology in their classrooms, and paves the way for further development, based on the latest research. Learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate how the way we learn, teach and use languages has shifted in recent years. Participants will learn about how to design and implement materials and use tools in a variety of settings, including international languages, ESOL, heritage and first language maintenance and development, and indigenous language revitalisation. Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either full-time or part-time.

Compulsory courses

EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning  Log in as a guest
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology–Enhanced Language Learning
EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
EDMM633 Issues in Technology–Enhanced Language Learning
EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning

Structure and duration

Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either fulltime or part time.

The most direct way through the program is any of these four alternative ways to study the MCALL:

ALTERNATIVE 1
MCALL - Full time study starting in July 2017
July 2017 -
October 2017
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
November 2017 - February 2018 EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
February 2018 - June 2018 EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning

 

ALTERNATIVE 2
MCALL - Full time study starting in November 2017
November 2017 - February 2018 EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
February 2018 - June 2018 EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning

 

ALTERNATIVE 3
MCALL - Part-time study starting in July 2017
July 2017 -
October 2017
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
November 2017 -
February 2018
EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2018 -
June 2018
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
November 2018 -
February 2019
EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
February 2019 -
June 2019
EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning

 

ALTERNATIVE 4
MCALL - Part-time study starting in July 2017
July 2017 -
October 2017
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
November 2017 -
February 2018
EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
February 2018 -
June 2018
EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
November 2018 -
February 2019
EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2019 -
June 2019
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning

 

ALTERNATIVE 5
MCALL - Part-time study starting in February 2017
February 2017 -
June 2017
EDEM628 Effective Practices with E-Learning
July 2017 -
October 2017
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition and Learning
November 2017 -
February 2018
EDEM615 Learning and Teaching Languages
February 2018 -
June 2018
EDMM632 Issues in Language Acquisition and Learning
July 2018 -
October 2018
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning
November 2018 -
February 2019
EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning

Duration

The MCALL may be completed over one year full-time or part-time over a maximum of four years

What does this qualification prepare me for and what will I learn?

Graduates of the programme will have the knowledge and skills they require to be able to judiciously introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary. As education settings and the wider community gain unprecedented access to connectivity and technology, the challenge is the increased need for educators who are able to use the technology for learning. There is a need for language educators in NZ and worldwide to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to use technology in their teaching. Graduates understand the affordances and constraints of digital tools and materials for language learning, and will be able to design and implement a range of language learning activities, lessons, units and courses in a wide variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary, as well as in less formal contexts.

This 180-point Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (MCALL) prepares language teachers to make optimal, research-informed use of technology in their classrooms, and paves the way for further development. Students anywhere in the world can study this online programme either fulltime or part time. In just 12 months of fulltime study (part-time options are available) graduates can gain a level 9 Master degree at the University of Canterbury. MCALL students will learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate the body of research that has investigated this important shift in the way we can learn, teach and use languages. Graduates of the programme will have the knowledge and skills they require to be able to judiciously introduce technology-enhanced learning of languages in a variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary. As education settings and the wider community gain unprecedented access to connectivity and technology, the challenge is the increased need for educators who are able to use the technology for learning. There is a demand from educators in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in NZ and worldwide for knowledge about and skills in the use of technology.

Students of this programme will learn about the design and implementation of technology-enhanced language learning materials and the critical use of tools in a variety of language learning settings, including international languages, ESOL, heritage and first language maintenance and development, and indigenous language revitalisation. They will understand the benefits and constraints of digital tools and materials for language learning, and will command a range of language learning activities, lessons, units and courses, including the appropriate use of technologies in a wide variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary, as well as in less formal contexts.

Entry requirements

Normally the minimum requirement is a three-year bachelor’s degree from a New Zealand university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered to be equivalent. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to make sure they are of an equivalent standard.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements:

  • IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 20 in writing
  • TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP Level 2 with a minimum B+ grade
  • CPE with a minimum B grade
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE with an overall score of 64 and no PTE communicative skills score below 58.

How to apply

Apply to enrol online via myUC: https://myuc.canterbury.ac.nz/

Admission criteria

Applicants must normally hold any appropriate degree and have either completed a recognised professional teaching qualification, acquired experience as an educator in an appropriate setting or completed a qualifying course. Notes: The relevance and standard of undergraduate studies and any subsequent professional work experience are the main criteria of approval. Students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level courses.

Mode of Delivery

The programme is offered online and students are not required to come to Christchurch or to NZ. The courses generally require active participation in real-time classes. Some of the courses may also have campus occurrences or occasional optional campus meet ups and online students may in some cases participate in the campus meetings via e.g. Skype or Adobe Connect.