EDM167-Second Language Teaching and Learning

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: EDM084 Second Language Teaching and Learning
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Anthony Zhang

Email: anthony.zhang@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:


The aim of the module is to provide students with an overview of some major themes and current developments in foreign language teaching and learning. Topics to be covered include: Vocabulary teaching and learning; models of reading and listening, speaking and writing; individual differences; and the teaching and learning of grammar.  The module will enable students to 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. The assignment consists of a 2500 word essay plus a 15 minute presentation.

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:

  • Development of academic writing skills

  • Critical analysis of issues relating to foreign language teaching and learning

  • IT and bibliographic skills

  • Presentation skills

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:

The central content will be covered through lectures and presentations within 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), engage in group activities that ask students to relate the themes presented to their own educational context and to critically evaluate research studies presented. Most teaching sessions will utilise more than one of these approaches.

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 50
Oral assessment and presentation 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Written coursework: one essay of 2500 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 fifteen minute formal oral presentation made by each student on an aspect of the module, followed by questions. The topic is negotiated with tutors.

Formative assessment methods:

Students will be set regular tasks  within seminars on which they receive feedback from the tutor. This may include undertaking pre-seminar reading and presenting views on the reading to the rest of the group.

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

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

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Required text books: There are no required textbooks for this module

Last updated: 5 October 2018


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