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Welcome to NILE’s MA in Professional Development for Language Education
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.
MA Elective Module - Teaching Young Learners (MATYL)
This module carries 30 credits
This module provides participants with a sound understanding of relevant theoretical issues in language acquisition, development and pedagogy, enabling them to design and deliver programmes for young learners of English.
Upon completion, participants will be more aware of the principles underlying practice in language education, having explored ways of applying these principles to their own professional contexts. They will also have acquired basic knowledge of educational research methods in general and action research in particular.
This course will cover some or all of the following aspects:
- How children develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally
- How children acquire a first language
- How children acquire a foreign language
- Principles of language teaching pedagogy for children
- Roles of teachers in supporting children’s overall development, understanding and use of language
- Principles of classroom-based assessment of children’s work
- Observing, investigating and evaluating classroom teaching
This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
- Major theories of the last 80 years relating to young learners’ cognitive, social and emotional development, and to their acquisition of the mother tongue
- How foreign language teaching movements of the last 50 years inform understanding of how young learners acquire a foreign language
- A range of approaches and methods for teaching English as a foreign language to young learners
- The inter-relationship between curriculum and classroom, with reference to broad educational objectives, language syllabus, methodology, materials and assessment
- A range of classroom procedures and their effects on teacher/ learner relationships including the development of learning strategies
At NILE we are committed to offering the best in language teacher training. As such, we provide tutorial contact in our online courses as well as in our campus courses. Online participants will receive allocated tutor interaction and feedback in each unit they take.
Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.
This course runs over ten weeks and involves approximately five hours' study per week, a small percentage of which will be synchronous online interaction at set times. After this course, you will have six months to complete the module assignments.