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ED50479: Language awareness

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment: text analysis and theoretical rationale (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit students will be able to:
* Identify, explore, and discuss issues concerning the systems of language and their implications for language use, learning, and teaching.
* Apply textually-oriented and socially-oriented approaches to (critical) discourse analysis.
* Identify and critique recent studies on language awareness and discuss their relevance to particular language teaching contexts.
* Analyse language awareness issues in a particular pedagogical context and design a training project which addresses those issues, employing a variety of strategies and providing a rationale for their selection and use.
* Evaluate national language education documents (e.g. policies and curricula) in light of current understandings of language awareness issues.

Aims: The aims of this unit are:
* To introduce current theories and concepts in relation to the systems of language.
* To provide students with an insight into issues surrounding language awareness and their implications for L2 classroom practices.
* To help students develop an understanding of beliefs and attitudes about language, and the effects these have on language use, learning, and teaching.
* To support students in the process of taking informed decisions about their teaching of English as an international language.
* To develop in students a more critical understanding and sensitivity towards their own language teaching approach through an examination of language systems and issues.

Skills: Self-directed learning (F).
Problem analysis, research and reflection (T/F/A).
Independent working (F).
Problem-solving (T/F/A).
Oral communication (F).
Written communication (F/A).
Ability to identify and discuss language theory and issues (T/F/A).
Analysis of language systems using a number of approaches (T/F/A).
Ability to articulate the pedagogical implications of language theory (T/F/A).
Key Skills
1. Make critical use of the literature of the field of Education (T/F/A).
2. Make critical use of professional experience in the field of Education (T/F/A).
3. Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
4. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F).
5. Evaluate research and variety of types of information and evidence critically, also making informed judgements in the absence of complete data (T/F/A).
6. Contribute to professional debate in the field of education (F).
7. Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (F).
8. Communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (T/F).
9. Evaluate their own academic and professional performance (T/F/A).
10. Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (F).
11. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).
12. Develop new or higher level skill, for example in information technology (T/F/A).

* Language in its social context
* Text and discourse analysis: Genre, gender, identity, ideology, multimodality
* Conversation analysis
* Pragmatics and sociocultural awareness
* Literacies
* Style and literate uses of language
* World Englishes, English as an International Language & English as a Lingua Franca
* Native-speakerism.

Programme availability:

ED50479 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • THED-AFM27 : MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


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