Summary module description:
The aims of this module are: to equip participants with the ability to assess the potential of IT in language teaching; to provide them with principles for using IT effectively.; to introduce participants to, and explore with them, a range of issues involved in the use of IT in language teaching; and to familiarise them with recent research into IT applications in language teaching.

Aims:
The aims of this module are: to equip participants with the ability to assess the potential of IT in language teaching; to provide them with principles for using IT effectively.; to introduce participants to, and explore with them, a range of issues involved in the use of IT in language teaching; and to familiarise them with recent research into IT applications in language teaching.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, students should be able to: •relate educational and learning principles to the design of technology-based activities •critically evaluate technological applications (e.g., software, websites) for language teaching and learning •describe a target group of learners, define aims of the learning and the learning outcomes and select appropriate technology-based learning methods •discuss issues involved in applications of information technology to language teaching and learning from an informed standpoint •evaluate strengths and weaknesses in current materials and programmes, and justify these claims in relation to current debate;

Additional outcomes:
In addition, students will develop increased understanding of the technical, practical and conceptual aspects of IT applications in language teaching; familiarity with concordancing software, computer-based discussion forums, Internet navigation and composition skills, and an ability to author simple language learning multimedia activities..

Outline content:
This module covers the following topics: technology as tutor (e.g., software programs for language learning, intelligent CALL or iCALL); technology as medium (e.g., blogs, wikis, podcasts, text chat); technology as tool or resource (e.g., protals to authentic materials, concordancing and corpus linguistics tools, web-based corpora); evaluation of CALL software and websites; practical issues in the implementation of technology in language teaching; professional development for CALL practitioners; distance language education.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The majority of sessions will be interactive lectures, with some practical sessions. Students will also be required to participate in an online discussion forum.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 280
       
Total hours by term 300.00
       
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A 3-4,000 word assignment on a selected topic (80%) and completion of homework assignments(20%).
These pieces of work constitute 67% of the module mark.

In addition, students will produce an extended annotated bibliography
This piece of work constitutes 33% of the module mark.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
A mark of at least 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination by coursework to be submitted by 1st September.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
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: 21 December 2016

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