Reflect on the nature of language acquisition, and your personal place in that spectrum
Identify ideas around the notion of ‘meaning’ in second language acquisition, and how we convey/appreciate meaning
Explore aspects of what is hard and what is easy in second language acquisition
Discuss the nature and diversity of language learning classrooms and how this might impact on the teaching and learning of languages
Develop an awareness of some current approaches to language teaching in the classroom
Engage with other learners' experiences of language teaching and learning
Evaluate how online learning and teaching differs from face-to-face teaching
Develop an understanding of how technology can support the learning and teaching of languages
Identify some key skills in the moderation of online language courses
Assess the use of social media in language learning and teaching
Reflect upon the use of English as a global lingua franca and how it fits with their own language context
Develop an understanding of the social and political factors involved in the historical and current spread of English
Debate the implications of the impact of global English for language policy and teaching
Understand key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages.
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 five 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
Investigate the case of English – the most widely learnt and taught language in the world – asking how it has achieved this position
Update you on the latest research into the use of English and give you a taste of what it is like to be a researcher in Global English.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in a live research project by telling us about language policies and practices where you are.
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.
During the course, you will hear different voices sharing their ideas and opinions – and we want to hear yours too. How do you use language in YOUR life? What is YOUR experience of language learning and teaching? Join us – to discuss effective language learning and teaching.
The nature of language and language learning including discussion of what is hard and easy in second language acquisition
Language teaching in the classroom including consideration of classrooms as communities of practice and theories about effective classroom pedagogy
Consideration of two case studies in current teaching practice: task-based language teaching (TBLT) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
Technology in language learning and teaching and the changing role of teacher and learner
Online versus face-to-face language learning
The use of English as a global language or lingua franca
The historical spread of English and implications for language policy and teaching
Definitions of English as a lingua franca (ELF), the scale of ELF use and its pros and cons
Exploration of the work of Global Englishes researchers and invitation to join in with a research project.
This course is aimed at graduates with an interest in the development of languages and language teaching. It will give you a taste of postgraduate study in the field of English language teaching.