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In this course, students will gain a thorough overview of current research in the field of language acquisition and learning, and develop an ability to analyse and critically evaluate findings and discussions in the literature on language acquisition pedagogy that inform the design and implementation of curricula for migrant students' learning contexts. Students will compare and contrast a range of approaches to teaching additional languages. Students will also investigate, and critically analyse problematic aspects of language acquisition and learning research, and consider their relevance to practices and problems in a particular educational setting.
Course outline/Key content• Critical exploration of contemporary issues in language acquisition and learning and their application to language teaching;• Examining national and international models and programmes for language teaching and learning including ESOL/TESOL, immersion, transitional bilingual programs, 1st language/heritage language maintenance, and language revitalization;• Examining teaching and learning strategies that support research-informed curriculum-based language learning and emergent bilingualism, regarding indigenous languages, heritage languages, English as an Additional Language and international languages;• Critical reading and evaluation of recent research in language teaching and language pedagogy;• Investigating and appraising curricula for language teaching and learning;• Analysing and assessing materials for language teaching and learning;• Analysing the varied language needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students in a particular educational setting;• Relating research findings to practices and problems related to language acquisition or learning in a particular educational setting;
Students completing the course will be able to:1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of current issues in the application of first and second language acquisition research to language teaching and learning contexts.2. Critically assess research related to various national and international models and programmes for language teaching and learning including ESOL/TESOL, immersion, transitional bilingual programs, 1st language/heritage language maintenance, and language revitalization.3. Appraise and critically evaluate suggested curricula and language teaching and learning materials for various groups of learners, including text, multi-media and web-based, using appropriate criteria.4. Identify teaching and learning strategies that support research-informed curriculum-based language learning and emergent bilingualism, regarding indigenous languages, heritage languages, English as an Additional Language and international languages.5. Research and critically analyse problematic aspects of language acquisition and learning and relate them to practices and problems in a particular educational setting.6. Analyse and explain the varied language needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students in a particular educational setting.
Subject to approval by the Head of School
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Note that these are online webinars. They are recorded for those who cannot attend in real time. You do not have to come to campus.
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations.
Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC Faculty of Education Assessment Guidelines for Students. These can be accessed at Information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/for/undergraduate.shtmlAssessment for this course in the Master of TESOL is against defined standards and learning outcomes. Assignments are graded against the UC Common Grading Scale A+ to E. The marks for the assignments will be aggregated for the final grade, based on the assignment weightings.Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass grade is C- or over for the course.Students must pass all assessment requirements to obtain a final Pass grade for the course. Students must have engaged with all mandatory course readings and webinars prior to grades being presented at the semester examiner’s meeting to pass the course. Final grades will be determined at an examiners’ meeting at the end of the course and reported using the UC Common Grading Scale.
Classes (face-to-face or web-based) are participatory and therefore require full attendance and engagement. Face-to-face classes, or webinar attendance (either synchronously or asynchronously) is required at all scheduled lectures & workshops in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course.Web-based componentsAspects of the course will be delivered through the Internet and using Learn (Moodle). Students are required to regularly access online materials and resources and participate in online discussions and interactions in order to meet the course learning outcomes. It is the responsibility of the student to check course announcements weekly, and make sure they are familiar with assessment due dates.
The course will be informally evaluated on an ongoing basis, and formal teaching evaluations take place each year.
The course assessments will be subject to the usual moderation processes as per section 6 of the University of Canterbury Assessment Policy.
No work will be marked if it is handed in 48 hours after the due date without an extension having been granted. Work handed in after the due date, without an extension being granted, and within the 48 hour window period will be subject to 10% penalty per day.
Students need to have access to a networked computer or tablet to participate in the online seminars. They will need a headset or equivalent audio equipment (microphone and earbuds) and a webcam.
Students are encouraged to plan their work so deadlines are met. Extensions are not granted automatically. Under exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement, tangi, or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension up to two weeks from the due date of the assignment. An extension request should be made at least two full days before the due date of the piece of assessment in writing by email. Applications must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. Students will be notified of the outcome of their extension application via email.
Resubmissions are not normally permitted.
Where for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course. A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process. Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations. This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.
As well as attending classes, it is essential that all students regularly access the course Learn site. All course information such as the course kaupapa, notices, assessment information, required and recommended readings, audio recordings of some lectures, and other teaching resources etc. will be available on this site
Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site by 11.59 pm on or before the due date. The assessment system will normally automatically put assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures). For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000. Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays)..
Domestic fee $1,937.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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