Online MA Elective Module - Materials Development for Language Teaching

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Price Range £143.75 per week

Price Includes

Beginners Not for beginners

Class Size 16 maximum

Course Length 8 weeks

Town / City & Region , Central England

Tuition Style Group

Tuition Hours Per Week 0.0

Ages 18 - 65

Course Type Online

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This module enables you to make your own contribution to the field of materials development. You will do this by developing your critical awareness of language acquisition and pedagogy at a theoretical and practical level and the criteria for evaluation and adaptation of language learning materials. You will investigate different aspects of materials development and work both independently and in a team to produce a variety of language learning materials, justifying their principles, objectives and procedures. This module carries 30 credits.

Course details
This course will cover some or all of the following aspects:
•    Second language acquisition
•    Language teaching pedagogy
•    Needs analysis
•    Materials evaluation
•    Materials adaptation
•    Materials editing
•    Materials design
•    Materials writing
This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
•    The theories of language acquisition and language pedagogy which are potentially applicable to materials development
•    How to develop and apply principled criteria for the evaluation and adaptation of language learning materials
•    The different aspects of materials development (e.g. text selection and exploitation; the writing of instructions; the use of illustrations; the design and layout of a unit etc)
•    How to work both independently and in a team to produce a variety of different types of effective language learning materials
•    How to justify the principles, objectives and procedures of materials which they produce
•    How to make their own contribution to the field of materials development
•    A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options:
•    A criterion-referenced evaluation of a unit of materials in relation to a specified context
•    A criterion-referenced adaptation of a unit of materials for a specified context
•    A review article to be submitted to a professional journal
The production of a unit of materials together with a theoretical rationale justifying the principles, objectives and procedures of the materials (50%)

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 (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 MA 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.


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