LSMDYL-Teaching English to Young Learners

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: Prof Clare Furneaux

Email: c.l.furneaux@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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:
The module will promote the development of autonomous learning skills through engagement with distance study module materials.

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:
Students work through specifically 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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