This online masters-level course is for people interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development. Focusing on the English language, it uses key current ideas and debates, together with audiovisual examples of practice from different language learning contexts, to explore new and more effective ways of helping students to learn language, to learn through language and to learn about language. It is designed for those who are interested in the role of language in education including professionals teaching English either as a first, additional (EAL) or foreign language (EFL).
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|Course work includes:|
|4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)|
|No residential school|
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This course, a module in our masters in education programme, will provide you with the understanding and opportunities to investigate a wide range of English teaching/learning contexts from across the world. It will enable you to:
All the materials are online, apart from the set book. The course is structured in four parts:
In each part of the course the online Study Guide will take you through a series of interactive activities using video examples of formal and informal learning from different cultural contexts, audio interviews with researchers, journal articles, podcasts, web research and the set book to guide and support your learning. The course includes 20 hours of online tuition and you will have regular opportunities to take part in your tutor group forum and to participate in other online teaching events.
This course can be taken as part of the Masters in Education degree (F01). If you are particularly interested in the English language, linguistics and teaching English, you may wish to follow the MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) line of the Masters degree. If you are involved in English language education, a postgraduate degree in applied linguistics and language education is an excellent qualification for enhancing your career potential.
While designed to appeal to a broad range of educationalists interested or involved in the role of language and literacy, the course will be of particular interest to anyone teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), English as an additional language (EAL), English as a foreign language (EFL) or any other aspect of English language teaching (ELT).
If you are involved in English language education, a postgraduate degree in applied linguistics and language education is an excellent qualification for enhancing your career potential.
Educators who would find E852 of interest include:
E852 counts as a module of the MA in Education (Applied Linguistics)/MEd (Applied Linguistics) which is a qualification generally recognised as suitable for academic managers. If you hold a Cambridge Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Delta) (course entry from September 2008) or a Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (LTCL Diploma in TESOL) (course entry from March 2011), these qualifications can count as 60 credits towards our specialised masters degree in education and give you exemption from either E852 or E854. See the Masters degree in Education (F01) for more information about counting your previous study towards this qualification.
You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
You will be expected to have some language teaching experience and will need access to a language teaching/learning context of some kind. You may be a teacher at primary, secondary or tertiary level, or perhaps you mentor or train adults in a workplace setting. You may teach English to speakers of other languages, or you may teach another area but are interested in how meaning is conveyed through language. Perhaps you are a parent or childcarer and you interact with a child regularly. Our intention is that the course covers all of these possibilities, and other examples of ‘teaching’ in the broadest sense.
The course is taught in English. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.
E852 links well with the study of Investigating language in action (E854). If you are studying towards the MA in Education (Applied Linguistics), we strongly recommend that you study E854 first because this course has a greater focus on linguistic analysis which will help you with the more pedagogic focus of E852.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
This course has been designed with a global audience in mind. Since it is tutored online, you can study this course no matter where you are in the world except for residents of South Africa, who may be restricted to studying through the Open University (OU) affiliate in their country.
E852 is an optional module in our:
E852 is one of the modules you can select if you want to name your degree MA in Education (Applied Linguistics) or Master of Education (Applied Linguistics).
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.
In this course you are expected to use a wide range of resources. Most of the study materials will be delivered as web pages, pdf files and web-based tools. Many tutorial and student discussions and activities will be carried out in text-based discussion forums online. Some discussions may take place as live events in our audio-conferencing environment.
We have tried to avoid using inaccessible resources, but some material that is core for the course may not be easily accessible if you use assistive technology. Some students may find the amount of reading from different sources challenging. In most cases there will be sufficient alternative activities and materials to enable you to complete assignments successfully. Where this is not the case, you will be given individual support by your tutor in collaboration with other University staff. Support for access to Library resources is available from the Library Helpdesk.
Written transcripts of any audio components are available. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:
A dedicated website with online study material and activities, audio/video material and access to a range of electronic tools, including real-time conferencing and online forums. All the online video material is also supplied on DVD.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email and tutorials. Tutorials are primarily offered via online tutor group forums which you can contribute to across different time zones. If and where real time online conferencing is used tutorial times will be negotiated to try and accommodate different time zones.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and end-of-module assessment (EMA).
The TMAs will include some online work, data analysis, some analysis of teaching/learning contexts and a project proposal. You will need to have access to a classroom or other learning context in order to be able to complete the assignments and the project.
There will be an end-of-module small-scale project (approximately 7000 words) instead of an exam. This will give you the opportunity to investigate teaching/learning contexts that are of particular interest and relevance to you and to use ideas and analytical tools from the course to analyse, critique and modify or even transform language pedagogy. You will receive feedback from your tutor on your project proposal and you will have approximately nine weeks of dedicated time in which to conduct and write up your work. You will be provided with detailed guidance for structuring the project report.
The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.
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|No residential school|
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