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Postgraduate Course: Language and the Learner (EDUA11248)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course is suitable for international and home students, whether they are already practising teachers or have no prior teaching experience, who have an interest in language and the learning and teaching of language. The course gives students the opportunity to develop further their understanding in the following areas:

- current research on teaching and learning and its impact on pedagogy;
- current approaches to teaching and learning;
- first and second language acquisition;
- changing social and cultural contexts of education;
- multicultural literatures.

The key aim of the course is that participants have the opportunity to develop from an individual perspective their theoretical and practical understanding of language learning and teaching. To achieve this the course emphasises:
- the pupil/student perspective on learning;
- the social and cultural contexts of learning;
- the processes involved in acquiring and learning a first and second - language and the factors which facilitate and inhibit effective language learning;
- multicultural literatures and their uses in the language classroom;
- that elements of teaching and learning cannot be viewed in isolation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs -
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 8, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will be able to:

- identify and evaluate critically their current conceptions of language learning and teaching;
- analyse the strengths and limitations of differing representations of language learning and teaching;
- analyse research perspectives on language learning and teaching in practice;
- demonstrate critical awareness of strategies which enhance language learning and of the pupil/student perspective on learning and teaching;
- evaluate critically a range of current theories of first and second language acquisition and learning and demonstrate an understanding of how these might influence first and second language teaching;
- analyse and evaluate multicultural literatures and their uses in the language classroom;
- account for individual differences among learners.
Assessment Information

The assignment requires the students to produce a 4,000-word discussion which is made up of two sections

Section (i) requires the students to highlight at least three theories, related to language acquisition and learning and/or language teaching, covered in the Language and the Learner course, which have influenced, challenged, impacted the student as either a learner or a teacher, or both. It is expected that the student will provide a critical analysis of the theories.

Section (ii) requires the student to apply the theories critically evaluated in (i) to their own context as either a teacher and/or a learner. In this section, the student will discuss how the theories played out in their teaching or learning context and/or draw on experiences which they think are related to the theories under exploration.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Outline of content

Individual sessions will interweave the exploration of specific aspects of participants' approaches to learning and teaching by focusing on the ways in which perspectives on language learning and teaching can inform practice. Topics include:
Theories of learning
Theories of first language acquisition
Theories of second language acquisition
From learning to teaching
Multicultural literatures and the construction of national identity
Language learning and teaching: classroom practices
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Books:
Benson, P. 2001. Teaching and Researching Autonomy. Harlow: Longman Pearson.
Cook, V. 2001. Second Language Learning and Teaching. Hodder Education.
Entwistle, N., Skinner, D., Entwistle, D. and Orr, S. 2000. Conceptions and Beliefs about "Good Teaching": an integration of contrasting research areas. Higher Education Research and Development, 19, 1, 5-26.
Fisher, R. 2005. Teaching Children to Learn, Cheltnam: Nelson Thornes Ltd
Kumpulainen, K. and Wray, D. (Eds) (2002) Classroom Interaction and Social learning. London: Routledge Falmer.
Lantolf, J. (Ed.). 2000. Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mercer, N. 2000. Words & Minds: How we use language to think together. London: Routledge.
Mitchell, R. and Myles, F. 2004. Second Language Learning Theories. Second edition. London: Arnold.
Robinson, P. and Ellis, N. 2008. Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. London: Routledge.

Journal articles:
Benson, P., 2007. 'Autonomy in Language teaching and learning'. Language Teaching 41 (1): 21-40.
Cotterall, S., 1999. 'Key variables in language learning: what do learners believe about them?' System 27: 493-513.
Ehrman, M. E., B.L.Leaver and R. L. Oxford, 2003. 'A brief overview of individual differences in second language learning'. System 31: 313-330.
Ellis, N. 2005. At the interface: Interactions of implicit and explicit learning. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 27; 294-356
Ellis, R., 2005. Principles of Instructed language learning. System 33: 209-224.
Goldschneider, J.M. and DeKeyser, R. 2001. Explaining the "natural order" of L2 morpheme acquisition in English: A meta-analysis of multiple determinants. Language Learning, 51; 1-50.
Johnson, K.E., 2006. 'The Sociocultural turn and its challenges for second language teacher education'. TESOL Quarterly 40 (1).
Lightbown, P. 2000. Classroom SLA research and second language teaching. Applied Linguistics, 21(4); 431-462.
Pahl,K. and Rowsell,J. 2005. Literacy and Education Understanding the New Literacy Studies in the Classroom. Paul Chapman Publishing
Rayner, S., 2007. A teaching elixir, learning chimera or just fool's gold? Do learning styles matter?' Support for Learning 22 (1).
Robinson, P., 2001. Individual differences, cognitive abilities, aptitude complexes and learning conditions in second language acquisition. Second Language Research 17 (4)
Rodrigo, V., S. Krashen and B. Gribbons, 2004. The effectiveness of two comprehensible-input approaches to foreign language instruction at the intermediate level. System 32: 53-60.
Shor, Ira. 2008. What is Critical Literacy? In Journal for Pedagogy, Pluralism and Practice, 4 (2)
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern This 20 credit course has 200 notional hours of independent study.
KeywordsLanguage, learning, first language acquisition, second language acquisition
Course organiserDr Aileen Irvine
Tel: (0131 6)51 6145
Course secretaryMrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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