MA - Core Module: Language Teaching Methodology

This module will familiarise you with recent trends in language teaching methodology and their historical antecedents. You will develop an understanding of the main factors which influence language learning, and the implications of these factors for teaching and learning. You will carry out small-scale investigations into classroom practices and write language awareness materials for your own learners. Overall, you will develop a clear, practical view of language for teaching purposes and reflect constructively on your own practice.

This module carries 60 credits.

Is this course for you?

 

Location: Online

 

Experience: Degree. language teaching experience

 

Language Level: B2/C1 or higher

 

Course dates:
10 January - 20 April 2022
05 September - 14 December 2022

 

Certification:
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester

 

Course Length: 14 weeks

 

Course fees: £2300

 

Minimum age: 18

 

Max class size: 16

 

Tutor-led and highly interactive

 

Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms

 

Specialist ELT eLibrary

 

Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

 

Views of Learning

 

Language learning theories

 

Motivation and other factors affecting success and failure in language learning

 

Learning preferences and strategies

 

Wider issues in learning : social constructivism, scaffolding in learning

 

Second language acquisition – principles and practical applications

 

Views of Language

 

Different pedagogic approaches to language at word, sentence and discourse level.

 

Analysing texts and discourse

 

Language awareness and its place in the classroom

 

Designing language materials

 

Web-based tools for researching and analysing language

 

Views of Teaching

 

An overview of language teaching methods and approaches

 

Planning and delivering lessons and courses

 

Self-evaluation and reflecting on practice

 

Research Methods/ Classroom Investigation

 

Research tools and their application in language classrooms

 

Qualitative and quantitative approaches to date gathering and analysis

 

Triangulation

 

Research ethics

 

Basics of academic and professional writing

Assessment will be by three assignments, written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors. The assignments will be on:

  • Views of Learning (40% of total mark)

  • Views of Language (30%)

  • Views of Language Teaching (30%)

Each assignment will involve small-scale investigation of your own practice.

During the course, you will write and receive feedback on an ungraded formative assignment to help you to familiarise yourself with the requirements of writing at postgraduate level

Further Information

This course will extend your understanding and critical awareness of:

  • Your own teaching practice with reference to current research, trends and views on language, language teaching methodology, language learning

  • Recent trends in language teaching methodology and their antecedents in the history of language teaching

  • The main factors which influence success and failure in language learning and the implications of these factors for teaching

  • How to gain a clear, practical view of language for teaching purposes

  • How to write language awareness materials for your own learners

  • How to conduct small-scale investigations into classroom practices, learners and their learning

  • How to reflect constructively on your own practice