Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
This module aims to raise awareness as to how mother tongue and any subsequent languages are acquired / learnt. It will look at issues relating to first and second language development and assessment and consider notions of literacy. It will examine the role of grammar and look at the spread of English as a global language as well as consider society and governmental attitudes towards foreign languages.
The module will cover the following topics:
Literacy and its links to culture, purpose and time; changing nature of language; role of grammar;
How we learn our first language;
Approaches to the teaching of literacy;
Approaches to teaching English as a Foreign Language;
Literacy and language in the UK;
Assessing language proficiency;
Language development and SEN.
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Describe and evaluate theories of language learning and development;
2. Describe literacy as a concept and demonstrate an understanding of its place within different cultures and contexts and of its different functions;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the changing nature of language and the role of grammar in trying to describe it
4. Analyse approaches to the teaching and assessment of language;
5. Critically evaluate policy towards languages;
6. Research an area of interest and share findings to the rest of the group.
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