LSMYL-Teaching Young Learners

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Janet Enever

Email: j.h.enever@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to review the background and development of teaching English to Young Learners (YLs); examine how children learn languages; review approaches to the analysis of the YLs' needs; review approaches to the analysis of language for teaching English to YLs; examine the methodology, resources and materials used for teaching YLs; and review methods of evaluation and assessment used with YLs.

Aims:
This module aims to review the background and development of teaching English to Young Learners (YLs); examine how children learn languages; review approaches to the analysis of the YLs' needs; review approaches to the analysis of language for teaching English to YLs; examine the methodology, resources and materials used for teaching YLs; and review methods of evaluation and assessment used with YLs.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • critically discuss key issues in the teaching of foreign languages to school-aged children and young teenagers;
  • evaluate strengths and weaknesses in current materials and programmes, and justify these claims in relation to current debate;
  • select and exploit materials for teaching foreign languages to young learners from a principled perspective

Additional outcomes:
Through small group discussion students will have the opportunity to develop skills of oral communication and collaboration.

Outline content:
This module covers the following topics: definition of a young learner and young learner contexts; how children learn and how they learn languages; classroom management; background to course planning; language analysis; skills development; feedback and evaluation practices; and resources and materials.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching is a mixture of lecture and seminar discussion of tasks prepared before each class.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 180
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
A 3,000-4,000 word assignment on a selected topic.

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 50% overall.

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

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2017

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