EDM167-Second Language Teaching and Learning

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: EDM084 Second Language Teaching and Learning
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Xiao-Lan Curdt-Christiansen

Email: x.l.curdt-christiansen@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
Over the past few decades, foreign language teaching has evolved from a pre-occupation with methods of teaching to a broader perspective of teaching and learning. Within this wider perspective, it is important that teachers not only concern themselves with how they teach, i.e. the methods/approaches and techniques they use, but also develop an understanding of how learners learn, i.e. the processes of learning. It is generally believed that insights into learning can increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning. Such insights are gained from theory and research in multiple disciplines, such as first language acquisition, second language acquisition, psychology, and applied linguistics.

This module examines in depth some major themes and current developments in foreign language teaching and learning. It aims to help students understand current theory and research on various aspects of foreign language teaching and learning and relate theory and research to educational practice in different cultural contexts. It will draw on the published research of the tutors and their current research interests to illuminate the issues.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of, and the ability to analyse and communicate, the following:
•current second language pedagogy;
•major theories of second language acquisition;
•some contextual factors in second language learning;
•the processes of, and the learner’s contribution to, second language learning;
•the relationship between theory/research and practice in different cultural and educational contexts.

Additional outcomes:
This module will encourage the development of academic writing skills, critical thinking and evaluation skills, and a spirit of academic inquiry.

Outline content:
•Key concepts and theories of language acquisition
•Input and interaction in second language learning
•The role of transfer in second language acquisition
•Individual differences in second language learning: motivation and learner strategies
•Current methods and approaches in second language teaching
•Models or speaking and writing
•Models of listening and reading
•Vocabulary learning and teaching
•Understanding implicit and explicit learning: can/should grammar be taught?

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures followed by seminars in which students discuss and debate (e.g. the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to teaching), carry out practical tasks (e.g. analysing the vocabulary of textbooks).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 12
Seminars 12
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 6
Guided independent study 168
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Oral assessment and presentation 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Written coursework: one essay of 3,000 words consisting of a detailed written study or small-scale empirical investigation related to one aspect of the module. The topic and methodology are negotiated with the tutors.

Oral presentation: one formal oral presentation made by each student on an aspect of the module. The topic must be different from that of the essay.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be set regular tasks on which they receive feedback from the tutor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
Students must achieve a 50% overall aggregate mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books: There are no required textbooks for this module
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 31 March 2017

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