English Language Teaching Methodology - MA Seminar 4 3301-JSS4KOM
The aim of the seminar is to help students research for and write their MA dissertation. The students will also gain insight into new tendencies in applied linguistics and foreign language teaching, develop skills to plan, conduct and present research projects and review main theoretical and practical issues in EFL methodology in preparation for their diploma exam. During the first semester students concentrate on formal aspects of MA dissertation writing and on methods and techniques of locating, selecting, and organizing information. During the second semester they review main issues and investigate new trends in language policy and foreign language teaching methodology; they also develop skills indispensable in undertaking small scale research projects. Throughout the third and the fourth semester students present their own research in progress and participate in one-to-one tutorials which help them produce final versions of their dissertations.
MA dissertations can be related to:
- Planning language courses (organization of teaching and learning, case studies of particular learners or language teaching institutions);
- Syllabus design (teacher made syllabus design, authoring syllabi, comparing syllabus documents);
- Approaches to language teaching, methods and techniques across age groups and educational contexts (teaching adults, teaching young learners, teaching students with special educational needs, school and out of school language teaching, conventional and unconventional teaching methods);
- Issues in language learning (learning styles and strategies, success and failure, factors influencing the learning process e.g. motivation or language anxiety, learner autonomy, early bilingualism);
- Planning and conducting lessons (developing and integrating skills, classroom management, teaching language and culture, drama and project work);
- Evaluating language teaching materials (course books, multimedia, tasks, etc.);
- Assessment, self-assessment and testing (The European Language Portfolio, language examinations, teacher made tests, alternative assessment);
- New trends in language pedagogy (CLIL - content and language integrated teaching and learning, CALL - computer assisted language learning, S.E.N. - teaching students with special educational needs;
- Language policy of the Council of Europe and the European Union (issues related to multilingualism, teaching English as a lingua franca, organization of language teaching in various countries, teacher education, language and teaching competences of teachers).
The MA thesis should comprise:
- a theoretical part with the discussion of basic concepts and a critical presentation of writings on the subject and
- an empirical part based on the student's own mini-research conducted by means of e.g. lesson observation, questionnaires, interviews, materials analysis and evaluation, action research techniques, experimentation, case studies, a comparison of coursebooks or ELT documents.
Type of course
A student will acquire advanced information about : English Language Teaching Methodology - MA Seminar 4 and will develop his/her analytical skills.
Recommended reading list depends on the areas selected for MA dissertations.
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