LSMDVO-The Teaching and Learning of Vocabulary

Module Provider: English Language and Applied Linguistics
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Michael Daller

Email: m.daller@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims to explore all aspects of the learning and teaching of vocabulary, providing students with an understanding of the theory underlying current practice. This will involve study of some aspects of linguistics (semantics, lexis and grammar) and of psychology, in addition to exploration of practical techniques for presenting vocabulary to L2 learners.

Aims:
This module aims to explore all aspects of the learning and teaching of vocabulary, providing students with an understanding of the theory underlying current practice. This will involve study of some aspects of linguistics (semantics, lexis and grammar) and of psychology, in addition to exploration of practical techniques for presenting vocabulary to L2 learners.

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

  • relate aspects of the theory of vocabulary acquisition and learning to the evaluation of a vocabulary textbook, dictionary or a series of lessons.

Additional outcomes:

  • Knowledge of the range, variety, sources and changing nature of English vocabulary
  • Understanding of meaning relations between words, specifically types of sense and reference relation
  • Ability to explain one method of ascertaining how many words are known by users of English
  • Understanding of what is involved in knowing a word
  • Knowledge of the range of strategies for acquiring words
  • Ability to evaluate some of the main approaches to incorporating vocabulary into the language syllabus.

Outline content:
This module covers the following topics: basic terminology; how words mean; dictionaries and wordlists; vocabulary acquisition; pedagogic implications; social and literary perspectives; special purpose vocabulary

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Students work through specially written distance study module materials, doing tasks and reading commentaries on those tasks. They also receive core readings in the form of selected articles and a core textbook. The module tutor can be contacted by e-mail, letter or phone.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study: 50 50 100
       
Total hours by term 50 50 100
       
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A 3-4,000 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

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-examination by coursework to be submitted for the next appropriate distance study submission deadline.

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: 10 April 2019

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