Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE)
Online: MA Elective module - Technology Assisted Language Learning
Price Range £143.75 per week
Beginners Not for beginners
Class Size 16 maximum
Course Length 8 weeks
Town / City & Region , Central England
Tuition Style Combination of Group and One to One Tuition
Tuition Hours Per Week 0.0
Ages 18 - 65
Course Type Online
This module develops participants’ awareness of the various uses of technology in language education. It will include practical applications as well as theoretical perspectives and will offer opportunities for hands-on practical experience.
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:
• history of educational technologies in the language classroom; advantages and disadvantages of ICT in education; challenges and alternatives
• Core Internet skills and literacies: search, evaluation and tagging; strategic integration in the classroom and the curriculum
• The use of Web 2.0 tools for creating teaching resources that encourage creative language practice and production; multimedia
• The use of corpora and text analysis software for both research and classroom applications
• The impact of technology on methodology and the long-term and short-term implications for teachers and learners
• The use of learning management systems (especially Moodle) primarily for blended learning situations; syllabus and course design
• The use of mobile and handheld learning in and out of the class
• The use of technologies for teacher development and CPD
This course will extend the participant’s understanding and critical awareness of:
• The essentials of Web 2.0 and the significance of cloud computing
• The possibilities and challenges offered by digital technologies in language education both now and in the foreseeable future
• How ICT in ELT is compatible with current learning theories
• How to evaluate choices available in the use of ICT in language education
• How to use technology in a learning/teaching environment
How to use the Internet for such purposes as research, professional development, and administrative purposes
• How to use the Internet for creating learning opportunities for students in collaborative situations, for creative work, for developing learner autonomy
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.
The 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 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.