This unit focuses on English language teaching from both theoretical and practical perspectives, dealing with the principles underlying approaches to and procedures for teaching the language systems and language skills.
This unit is an opportunity for you to use your developing research skills to produce an extended piece of writing at postgraduate level. You will select a topic of interest to you, devise a research question or a set of related questions, do extensive reading in primary and secondary sources, design and carry out an appropriate investigation into the research - and write up the results in the form of a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words.
Assessing Second Language Learners
For this unit you will explores various ways in which second language learners can be assessed as both an integral part of class teaching and in more formal tests.
Course Design and Academic Management
The unit focuses on the main principles in the design and academic management of a wide range of English language courses.
Research Methods (Languages)
You will critically review research paradigms methodologies and design aspects of published research, and practise conducting research and reporting findings.
Second Language Acquisition and Learning
This unit covers research-based theories and principles of second language learning and acquisition, including individual differences and contextual factors.
Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
This unit will provide you with the terminology and techniques needed to describe and analyse language in relation to its sounds, structure and meaning.
Likely Optional Units
Independent Study (Languages)
This unit allows you to pursue an area of interest which is not covered by the other units usually on offer, yet which falls within the area of expertise of one of the teaching team. The specific focus of the unit, the content of the unit, and the precise nature of the assignment will be negotiated between the student, the tutor and the programme leaders. This will be an appropriate topic area within TESOL or Linguistics, perhaps relating to a language other than English, or a specialism not covered by one of the other units.
This unit examines the roles of language and linguistics in a range of educational settings and practices.
Forensic linguistics explores the interface between language and the law, and draws on all levels of language. Through consideration and analysis of forensic data, you will be introduced to key issues specific to forensic linguistic analyses (eg data collection and ethics). You will explore the use of language in linguistic issues arising from key stages of the criminal justice system (including, for instance, during emergency calls to the police, police interviews, and during various stages of courtroom trials).
Language in a Globalised World
The course engages with and responds to contemporary issues pertinent to language and globalisation, drawing on current debates on the status of English in the world.
Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
The unit examines theories and principles underlying vocabulary teaching, and a range of techniques and approaches to teaching, learning and assessing vocabulary.
Multimodality, Technology and Language Teaching
On this unit you will engage with the importance of using technology, media and digital media in language learning and teaching. You will be trained to use digital resources for your classes. You will also develop your digital literacy and online presence so as to become independent, networked practioners and researchers.
Social Psychology of Language
This unit examines social-psychological factors and language-based evaluations across social contexts. It covers theories and methodologies for investigating language features, attitudes, and perceptions.
Uniwide (campus-based only)
You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic, Spanish or Urdu alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.