Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

ALC8036 : Materials Design and Evaluation in TESOL

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Students will discuss issues and principles of materials design and the relationship between materials, culture and ideology. Students will evaluate the role of authentic materials in TESOL and collect or create paper-based as well as audio-visual authentic materials. Students will increase their knowledge of task-based language teaching and apply their knowledge by designing and developing materials in line with task-based language teaching principles. Students will evaluate coursebooks for TESOL and consider reasons and ways of adapting and supplementing them. Students will design, develop and evaluate materials for language skills development as well as grammar and vocabulary. Students will consider the implications of data driven learning in TESOL and develop materials using corpus and concordance tools such as BYU-BNC and SketchEngine.

Outline Of Syllabus

Developing an understanding of issues and principles of materials design in TESOL such as the role of culture, ideology and authentic materials in language learning and teaching.
Understanding how task-based language teaching principles can be used in designing TESOL materials.
Evaluating, adapting and supplementing TESOL coursebooks.
Designing and creating language teaching tasks for all language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary.
Considering the role of data driven learning in language development and creating materials using corpus and concordance tools.

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 introduction to and discussion of:
-       issues and principles of materials design in TESOL
-       implications of task-based language teaching in TESOL materials
-       criteria for evaluation of TESOL materials
-       issues on materials design for reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and grammar and vocabulary
-       data driven learning
Practicals provide practice in:
-       coursebook evaluation
-       designing and creating authentic materials
-       designing and developing materials for a coursebook unit
-       using corpus and concordance tools for material design

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1A40Materials for a task-based unit of work - 2000 words.
Essay1A40Reflect on materials produced (a) descrip of audience & aims & (b) discuss of relevant materials design issues & principles 2000word
Design/Creative proj1M20This assessment includes 4 tasks that the students need to complete during the semester.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Design or creative project functions as an assessment of students’ ability to design and create TESOL materials for a task-based unit of work including tasks and activities for language skills, grammar and vocabulary.

Essay provides assessment of students’ ability to discuss design issues and principles including the use of authentic materials, the relationship between materials and culture, principles of task-based language teaching and issues in developing materials for different language skills. It is an opportunity for students to provide a rationale for and evaluate the materials they have created as part of the creative project.

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