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MA Core Module – Language Teaching Methodology (MALTM). NILE/University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education.

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Course Name: MA Core Module - Language Teaching Methodology (MALTM). NILE/University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education.
Course Length: 12 Weeks

NILE’S MA in Professional Development for Language Education (MAPDLE), validated by the University of Chichester, is a flexibly delivered, modular postgraduate programme for professionals involved in ELT, or in other sectors of language education, who wish to develop their specialist skills and build a top-flight career. It is a comprehensive Master’s programme, providing in-depth and state-of-the-art coverage of the key areas of language education, whilst also providing an extensive choice of specialist elective modules to help you develop within your own particular areas of interest.

This module carries 60 credits

Core Module - Language Teaching Methodology (MALTM)

This course will cover some or all of the following aspects:

  • Learning styles
  • Learning strategies
  • Theories of motivation
  • Cognition vs affect; left brain and right brain
  • Learning vs acquisition
  • Success and failure in language learning; the ‘Good Language Learner’
  • Basics of 2LA
  • Andragogy vs. pedagogy
  • Language as system vs. language as communication
  • Language as discourse
  • Discourse analysis for teachers
  • Teacher language awareness
  • Learner language
  • Using corpus data
  • History of methods
  • Approaches vs. methods
  • Recent developments, e.g. Task-Based Learning, Lexical Approach, Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Course book evaluation, adaptation, supplementation
  • Basic principles of materials writing
  • Skills teaching
  • Classroom practices, e.g. use of L1, error correction, classroom dynamics etc.
  • The impact of wider educational theory and other disciplines (e.g. drama, NLP, counselling) on language teaching methods
  • Principles and methods in classroom action research
  • Researching your own practice
  • Professional development and reflective practice
  • Writing for professional and academic purposes

This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:

  • Their own teaching practice with reference to current research, trends and views on language teaching methodology, language learning and language
  • 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 work with the distinction between acquiring and learning a language
  • How to gain a clear, practical view of language for teaching purposes
  • How to write language awareness materials for their own learners
  • How to conduct small-scale investigations into classroom practices, learners and their learning
  • How to reflect constructively on their own practice

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 participants’ own practice.

During the course, participants will write and receive feedback on an ungraded formative assignment to help them to get used to the requirements of writing at postgraduate level.

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