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Postgraduate Course: Applied Linguistics & Language Teaching (LASC11101)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCovers recent work in which social, political, social-psychological and discourse-based analyses of language situations across the globe have been applied to the understanding of the teaching and learning of English and other languages.

First priority will be given to students on the MSc Applied Linguistics programme, and a further 12 spaces open to those externally.
Course description This course covers recent work in which social, political, social-psychological and discourse-based analyses of language situations across the globe have been applied to the understanding of the teaching and learning of English and other languages. A range of competing approaches are explored, and students are encouraged to consider how each of them might relate to the particular problems that interest them and that might form the topic of their eventual dissertation. In the last part of the course they will focus on one particular approach for more in-depth research.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Issues in Applied Linguistics (LASC11028)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework includes three assignments, each structured so as to describe and assess one or more recent articles within the field, following an outline provided.

Formative Feedback Assignment (15%), brief assessment of a recent article within the field

Class Presentation (20%) of a recent article within the field, chosen by the student

Literature Review Essay (length 3500 words) (65%). This Essay will relate to one of the approaches covered on the course, chosen by the student and will cover approximately 5-7 recent articles, following the outline provided.
Feedback In the second half of the course each student selects and presents a recently published journal article in applied linguistics and language teaching, and give a critical-analytic presentation of it before the class using the same format that will be followed in their Critical Literature Review assessment. They receive written feedback from the instructor on their presentation, in addition to the peer feedback they get from other students in the discussion section of their presentation.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. explain and evaluate the ways in which ideas from the social, political and social-psychological analysis of language and discourse are currently being applied in the context of language teaching and learning, including
  2. understand issues of language maintenance and policy
  3. understand the relationship of global languages to local ones
  4. understand language teaching classroom discourse
  5. understand the range of issues that arise within the various paradigms that frame current applied linguistic work
Reading List
Weekly readings.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students are also expected to acquire or sharpen the following transferable skills:
- Engage in autonomous thinking and analysis.
- Critically appraise material they have studied.
- Develop their research skills, in terms both of access to existing information and conducting original observation.
- Improve their expository writing skills.
- Become familiar with modes of analysis from other areas of the humanities and social sciences that are widely used in present-day applied linguistics as it relates to language teaching.
Keywordsapplied linguistics,language teaching,language,education
Course organiserProf John Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3497
Course secretaryMs Sasha Wood
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