Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)
Online: MA Elective Module - Principles and Practice of Teaching Young Learners
Price Range £145.75 per week
Beginners Not for beginners
Class Size 16 maximum
Course Length 9 weeks
Town / City & Region , Central England
Tuition Style Group
Tuition Hours Per Week 0.0
Ages 18 - 65
Course Type Online
This module provides participants with a sound understanding of relevant theoretical issues in language acquisition, development and pedagogy, enabling them to design and deliver programmes for young learners of English.
Upon completion, participants will be more aware of the principles underlying practice in language education, having explored ways of applying these principles to their own professional contexts. They will also have acquired basic knowledge of educational research methods in general and action research in particular. This module carries 30 credits.
This course will cover some or all of the following aspects:
• How children develop cognitively, socially, and emotionally
• How children acquire a first language
• How children acquire a foreign language
• Principles of language teaching pedagogy for children
• Roles of teachers in supporting children’s overall development, understanding and use of language
• Principles of classroom-based assessment of children’s work
• Observing, investigating and evaluating classroom teaching
This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
• Major theories of the last 80 years relating to young learners’ cognitive, social and emotional
development, and to their acquisition of the mother tongue
• How foreign language teaching movements of the last 50 years inform understanding of how young learners acquire a foreign language
• A range of approaches and methods for teaching English as a foreign language to young learners
• The inter-relationship between curriculum and classroom, with reference to broad educational objectives, language syllabus, methodology, materials and assessment
• A range of classroom procedures and their effects on teacher/ learner relationships including the development of learning strategies
At NILE we are committed to offering the best in language teacher training. As such, we provide tutorial contact in our online courses as well as in our campus courses. Online participants will receive allocated tutor interaction and feedback in each unit they take.
Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.
This course runs over ten weeks and involves approximately five hours' study per week, a small percentage of which will be synchronous online interaction at set times. After this course, you will have six months to complete the module assignments.
Who should apply
• You should ideally have a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, plus language teaching experience and the level of English needed for successful completion of a course of study at postgraduate level. You may also be considered if you have extensive language teaching experience but few or no formal qualifications
• Completion of the Core Module or equivalent in accredited prior learning (although in exceptional circumstances a student might be permitted to study for this module prior to the Core Module)
How to apply
In order to take an MA module, you need to enrol for the MAPDLE programme. This does not commit you to taking the entire qualification, and you can pay for each module as you apply for it. Please note that it is usual to start with the core module but do contact the Registrar for advice if necessary.
• Complete the online application process for the NILE postgraduate program (you will need to include a copy of your CV with your application)
• The Registrar will then contact you in order to obtain evidence of your qualifications, details of your referees and proof of your English language level (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC etc.)
• Your application will then be forwarded to the Academic Director for approval
Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to make your first payment online. Once we have received notification of this payment, the Registrar will send you confirmation of your module enrolment, pre-course information and accommodation details, if required.