Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Provider: FutureLearn
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Description An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages.
Duration 4 weeks
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https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/understanding-language
Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Teaching and Learning, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, Languages, Teaching staff, Personal Development, Online, Physical resource
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

What is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages?

This free online course suggests some answers to these questions. It has been developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council, and draws on their exciting joint online course, MA in English Language Teaching.

If you are a fully participating learner in “Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching,” you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover part of the MA fees. You will find out more when you join the course.

The course takes place over four weeks. It will introduce you to some of the latest ideas in research and practice in language learning and teaching. We will:

  • Explore second language learning and what it means to learn language
  • Consider language classrooms and how teaching affects our language learning
  • Look at the use of technology in teaching, and its benefits and challenges for language learning.

Finally, we will investigate the case of English – the most widely learnt and taught language in the world. How has English achieved this position? What are the implications of the spread of English for policy, teaching and other languages?

Evidence underpinning this approach

The course has been developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council, and draws on their exciting joint online course, MA in English Language Teaching.

How users/participants can evaluate success

The course includes quizzes, activities, discussions and videos filmed around the world. The videos feature experts such as British Council teachers, and staff and students at the University of Southampton.

Follow-up activities and support

If you are a fully participating learner in “Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching,” you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover part of the MA fees. You will find out more when you join the course.

Details

This is a free online course. It will start on 20th April 2015. The course runs for 4 weeks and estimated study time per week is 3 hours.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.