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MA Elective Module – Materials Development for Language Teaching (MAMAT). NILE/University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education.

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Course Name: MA Elective Module - Materials Development for Language Teaching (MAMAT). NILE/University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education.
Course Length: 9 Weeks

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.

Elective Module - Materials Development for Language Teaching (MAMAT)

This module carries 30 credits

This module enables you to make your own contribution to the field of materials development. You will do this by developing your critical awareness of language acquisition and pedagogy at a theoretical and practical level and the criteria for evaluation and adaptation of language learning materials. You will investigate different aspects of materials development and work both independently and in a team to produce a variety of language learning materials, justifying their principles, objectives and procedures.

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

  • Second language acquisition
  • Language teaching pedagogy
  • Needs analysis
  • Materials evaluation
  • Materials adaptation
  • Materials editing
  • Materials design
  • Materials writing

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

  • The theories of language acquisition and language pedagogy which are potentially applicable to materials development
  • How to develop and apply principled criteria for the evaluation and adaptation of language learning materials
  • The different aspects of materials development (e.g. text selection and exploitation; the writing of instructions; the use of illustrations; the design and layout of a unit etc)
  • How to work both independently and in a team to produce a variety of different types of effective language learning materials
  • How to justify the principles, objectives and procedures of materials which they produce
  • How to make their own contribution to the field of materials development

Assessment

  • A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options:
  • A criterion-referenced evaluation of a unit of materials in relation to a specified context
  • A criterion-referenced adaptation of a unit of materials for a specified context
  • A review article to be submitted to a professional journal

The production of a unit of materials together with a theoretical rationale justifying the principles, objectives and procedures of the materials (50%)

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