Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ALC8022 : Computer-Assisted Language Learning

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Students will explore different stages of research and development in the field of computer-assisted language learning and their relevance to different learning theories. Students will use a range of language learning software, and web-based resources for language learning in the classroom, in blended learning or in distance education. They will consider some of the advantages and limitations of using computers and the internet for language learning, and will develop an understanding of how computer- and web-based resources can be used by language learners and teachers. Students will evaluate computer- and web-based language learning materials, and will learn how to design and produce their own web-pages and computer- and web-based language learning materials using basic authoring tools.

Outline Of Syllabus

Developing a critical understanding of CALL as a developing academic discipline
Identifying and evaluating computer- and web-based resources for language learning and teaching
Designing and creating computer- and web-based resources for language learning
Developing language learning activities using computer- and web-based resources

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture103:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1124:00124:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision23:006:00Tutorial
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide an introduction to:
-       the computer- and web-based resources available to language learners and teachers;
-       the links between general language learning and teaching issues and the use of computers and the web;
-       criteria for evaluating and designing computer- and web-based materials.
Seminars allow discussion of:
-       published reports of the use of computer- and web-based materials for language learning;
-       principles and practice in integrating computer- and web-based materials into language courses;
-       the evaluation and design of computer- and web-based materials.
Practicals provide practice in:
-       searching for and evaluating computer- and web-based materials;
-       planning the integration of computer- and web-based materials into language courses;
-       designing and producing computer- and web-based based language learning materials using basic authoring tools.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A40A review of research and practice in one specific area of CALL – 2000 words
Computer assessment2A60Design, development and evaluation of computer- and web-based language learning materials - 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay provides assessment of students’ ability to explore and evaluate current research and practice in the field of CALL.

Computer assessment provides assessment of students’ ability to design, develop and evaluate computer- and web-based materials for language learning.

Original Handbook text:
Students will explore different stages of research and development in the field of computer-assisted language learning and their relevance to different learning theories. Students will use a range of web-based resources for language learning in the classroom, in blended learning or in distance education. They will consider some of the advantages and limitations of using computers and the internet for language learning, and will develop an understanding of how computer- and web-based resources can be used by language learners and teachers. Students will evaluate computer- and web-based language learning materials, and will learn how to design and produce their own web-pages and basic computer- and web-based language learning materials using basic authoring tools.

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