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  • Objectives
    1. To provide sound theoretical foundations in applied linguistics for language teaching. 2. To provide practical experience both at locating resources as well as creating them. This component of the course will enable participants to locate, and evaluate existing CALL materials, in addition to gaining some experience in the use of basic tools for the creation of CALL tasks such as MS Word, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and some authoring tools (e.g. HotPotatoes and overLIB). 3. To focus on CALL as an object of inquiry through critical discussion of current research. 4. To develop the necessary skills for students to implement their own research projects.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Qualifications Good First Degree; for non-native speakers of English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; a minimum of two years ESL/EFL teaching experience
  • Academic Title
    MA Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Course description

    Course Description
    This MA prepares students to become CALL specialists in an EFTL/TESOL work environment. It provide sound theoretical foundations for CALL as an area of applied linguistics for language teaching, practical experience of locating and evaluating existing CALL resources and, using basic tools, some experience in the creation of CALL tasks and materials.

    Modules and Options

    The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.

    Stage 1

        Compulsory: COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING: THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
        Compulsory: CORPORA IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
        Compulsory: FOUNDATIONS OF COMPUTER ASSISTED LANGUAGE LEARNING
        Compulsory: FOUNDATIONS OF ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
        Compulsory: FOUNDATIONS OF LANGUAGE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS
        Compulsory: MATERIALS DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
        Core: DISSERTATION: MA

    Teaching and Assessment Methods
     
    A: Knowledge and Understanding
        Learning Outcomes
        A1 : Students will be familiar with the history and current state of computer-assisted language learning (CALL)
        A2 : Students will be familiar with the basic arguments in favour of, and against, using CALL in the language classroom.
        A3 : Students will be able to assess strengths and limitations of current CALL research.
        A4 : Students will be able to discuss the process of research design, techniques employed in current research papers and how those techniques relate to the theoretical and methodological rationale of a particular project.
        A5 : Students will be able to analyse the grammatical structures of English (sound, word, sentence) for pedagogical purposes.
        A6 : Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which ELT materials can be adapted and used to meet learner's needs

        Teaching Methods
        Lectures and seminars

        Assessment Methods
        1 X 3000 word essay or equivalent per module

    B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        B1 : Students will be able to relate CALL to current ideas about language learning, and teaching.
        B2 : Students will be able to participate in discussions on the relevance of CALL and corpus linguistics in language teaching.
        B3 : Students will be able to discuss strengths and limitations of current CALL research.
        B4 : Students will be able to discuss/debate current issues in learner autonomy.
        B5 : Students will be able to identify and formulate suitable research questions to problematize CALL and related areas.
        B6 : Students will be able to reflect on issues relating to materials design and development.
        B7 : Students will be able to understand and identify suitable research methodologies and paradigms commonly employed in Applied Linguistics / TESOL.

        Teaching Methods
        Lectures and seminars

        Assessment Methods
        1 X 3000 word essay or equivalent per module

    C: Practical Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        C1 : Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to use CALL resources, including corpus-based materials in diverse teaching situations.
        C2 : Students will be able to evaluate materials to suit a wide range of teaching contexts.
        C3 : Students will be able to carry out research relevant to their own interests and teaching context.
        C4 : Students will be able to adapt and/or design CALL materials and explain the pedagogical rationale behind their choices with reference to grammar, skills development (e.g., reading, writing, listening), and/or the fostering of learner autonomy.
        C5 : Students will be able to use some computer tools such as presentation applications, WYSIWYG editors, basic authoring programmes, and word processors, for the creation of CALL tasks.
        C6 : Students will be able to adapt materials to suit a wide range of teaching contexts

        Teaching Methods
        Seminars and workshops

        Assessment Methods
        Project development and presentations

    D: Key Skills
        Learning Outcomes
        D1 : Students will be able to evaluate, discuss and communicate their understanding and perspectives in relation to the topics covered in the various programme modules. This will be achieved by engaging in pair/group work activities, formal presentations, and essay writing.
        D2 : Students will be able to select and deploy adequate computer tools to achieve the programme goals, as stated above.
        D3 : Students will be able to engage in critical thinking in order to problematize CALL and related areas, identify alternatives and approaches to the understanding and investigation of relevant issues, identify problems and solutions to the use of computer technology in the language classroom, and engage in the conceptualisation and implementation of projects to adapt and/or design CALL materials.
        D4 : Students will gain the necessary skills to work as part of a team in order to carry out materials design projects.
        D5 : Students will be able to improve their own learning and performance by receiving regular feedback from their tutors and, when appropriate, classmates. Students will also be encouraged to engage in reflective activities to assess their own progress

        Teaching Methods
        Lectures, seminars and workshops

        Assessment Methods
        Essays, project Development, and oral presentations

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