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Principles and Practices in Second/Foreign Language Teaching

Key information

  • Module code:

    7SSEE025

  • Level:

    7

  • Semester:

      Autumn

  • Credit value:

    30

Module description

This module looks at principles and theories which develop from and underpin the practice of language teaching. Its aims are to enable you to:

  • develop an understanding of key theories, frameworks, approaches and methods that impact on language pedagogy;

  • develop an understanding of the concept of a language education curriculum, and how it relates to language teaching in different contexts;

  • explore the following dimensions of the curriculum so as to develop an ability to evaluate and use the methodological frameworks currently available to teachers:

    • Curriculum design and development;

    • Learning activities;

    • Materials design and evaluation;

  • Use current theoretical frameworks and principles to analyse your own professional practice, and identify areas and directions for development.

This module, then, explores the relationship between ideas about how to teach languages and ideas about why to teach in that way. It is about understanding and making the most of this relationship, one which is constantly in tension but also has the potential for mutually informing and developing practices and principles.

Assessment details

Coursework

  • 3,000 word assignment (worth 50% of the final grade)
  • Annotated bibliography (worth 50% of the final grade)

Learning outcomes

The module looks at principles and theories which develop from and underpin the practice of language teaching.  Its aims are to enable you to:

· develop an understanding of key theories, frameworks, approaches and methods that impact on language pedagogy, especially in relation to communicative approaches and the teaching and learning of the four skills;

· develop an understanding of the concept of a language education curriculum, and how it relates to language teaching in different contexts;

· explore the following dimensions of the curriculum so as to develop an ability to evaluate and use the methodological frameworks currently available to teachers:

  • Curriculum design and development;
  • Learning activities;
  • Materials design and evaluation;
  • Classroom management
  • Roles of teachers and learners
  • Curriculum development and renewal processes
  • Use current theoretical frameworks and principles to analyse your own professional practice, and identify areas and directions for development.
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