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Postgraduate Course: Teaching Languages to Young Learners (EDUA11347)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the main theories, principles and practices involved in teaching languages to Young Learners.
Course description This course builds on a number of issues that have been covered in the TESOL and Language Teaching compulsory courses and reconsiders them in the light of what is known about teaching young learners and their learning. Course students will consider how learning languages fits into the overall learning experience of young learners, what insights research has given into the ways in which children's thinking develops, and the implications of this for learning and teaching languages. The course will consider different approaches to teaching, assessing and evaluating young learners, as well as issues related to policy, identity, interculturality and linguistic diversity in the Teaching of Languages to Young Learners classroom.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2025
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Students will be asked to imagine that they are taking a group of 15 English language pupils aged 12 to a museum in Edinburgh. They will be asked to visit a museum or cultural centre of their choice in Edinburgh and to design a poster presenting: the learning outcomes of this trip to the museum; the topic that pupils will be working on; 4 activities that theywould like their pupils to do before, in, or after the museum; a rationale for these activities; references. Their poster should be visually engaging and between 1500-2000 words. This will count 50% of their final mark.

At the end of the course, students will be asked to write a 2000-word essay on one of the 8 topics introduced in the course. In this essay, students will have to: (a) discuss critically the latest debates on this topic based on the TLYL literature; and (b) discuss the educational implications of that issue in the TLYL classroom. This essay will represent 50% of their final mark.
Both assignments will be marked according to the Postgraduate marking scheme as adapted for the MSc TESOL and MSc Language Education.
Feedback Students will receive regular feedforward from their tutor and peers in addition to the tutor's feedback provided at the end of the course on the summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theories, principles and concepts underpinning TLYL.
  2. Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of current issues in TLYL such as language policy, identity, interculturality or linguistic diversity.
  3. Identify, critically analyse and evaluate different approaches to TLYL such as task-based learning, the use of storytelling or technology.
  4. Apply critically and in a context-sensitive manner the main theoretical strands and concepts underpinning TLYL to their future professional practice and research.
  5. Develop original and creative sets of materials/lessons/assessment to Teach Languages to Young Learners based on key principles and theories as well as developments at the forefront of the field.
Reading List
Indicative reading

Core texts
- Bland, J. 2015. Teaching English to Young Learners: Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3 to 12 year olds. London: Bloomsbury
- Pinter, A. 2017. Teaching Young Language Learners. 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Additional texts
- Cameron, L. 2003. Challenges for ELT from the expansion in teaching children. ELT Journal 57 (2): 105-112.
- Copland, F., Garton, S., Burns, A. 2014. Challenges in teaching English to young learners: Global perspectives and local realities. TESOL Quarterly 48 (4): 738-762.
- Copland, F. and Garton, S. 2014. Key themes and future directions in teaching English to young learners. English Language Teaching Journal 68 (3): 223-230.
- Donaldson, M. 1978. Children┬┐s Minds. London: Fontana.
- Enever, J. 2014. Primary English teacher education in Europe. English Language Teaching Journal 68 (3): 231-242.
- Gonzalez, V. 2009. Young Learners, Diverse Children: Celebrating Diversity in Early Childhood. Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin.
- Garton, S., Copland, S. and Burns, A. 2011. Investigating Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners. ELT Research Papers 11-01. London: The British Council.
- Halliwell, S. 1992. Teaching English in the Primary Classroom. Harlow: Longman ┬┐
- Moon, J. and Nikolov, M. (Eds.). 2000. Research into Teaching English to Young Learners. Pecs, Hungary: University of Pecs Press.
- Murphy, V. 2014. Second Language Learning in the Early School Years: Trends and Contexts. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Pinter, A. 2011. Children Learning Second Languages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Rich, S. 2015. International Perspectives on Teaching English to Young Learners. NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Siraj-Blatchford, I. and Clarke, P. 2000. Supporting Identity, Diversity and Language in the Early Years. Buckingham: Open University Press.
- Spolsky, B. and Moon, Y. 2012. Primary school English-language education in Asia: From policy to practice. Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will contribute to the development of students' generic cognitive skills, communication skills, autonomy and ability to work with others in line with criteria 3 to 5 of the SCQF Level 11 descriptor. In particular, students will be able to critically reflect on and identify key issues related to the teaching of languages to young learners and propose creative responses to these issues.
KeywordsTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages,Young Learners,Language Teaching
Course organiserDr Florence Bonacina-Pugh
Tel: (0131 6)51 6359
Course secretaryMr Ethan Williamson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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