Postgraduate Course: Language and the Learner (EDUA11248)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| -
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
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.
|No Exam Information
| 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.
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Language, learning, first language acquisition, second language acquisition
|Course organiser||Dr Aileen Irvine
Tel: (0131 6)51 6145
|Course secretary||Mrs Moira Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6206
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