This module aims to extend students’ understanding of the key theories that underpin modern foreign language teaching and learning and to explore how these concepts can be applied effectively in different language teaching practices and contexts represented by students in the group. Topics include a critical approach to the communicative language teaching, new insights into learner motivation, the increasingly important topic of learning/learner strategies, content-based language learning, collaborative learning and the linguistic and cultural representations modelled through film in the classroom. Students, having examined a range of teaching and learning approaches and the underlying theoretical precepts, will relate these to their own cultural and educational contexts. The module is interactive, being based on active learning methods and is very student-focused. The session formats are varied and involve both personal reflection and collaborative study as we learn together as a learning group. All sessions draw on data collected by students for the session in order to develop research skills. Key texts are identified for each session and draw on a wide range of international research. Students choose to focus on a related topic in greater depth for their end-of-module essay which is agreed by the module tutor. Support is provided for assignment writing.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.
Dr Jane Jones
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One 6,000 word assignment