MOOC Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

Understand key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages.

What is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? And what is the best way to teach other languages?

This free online course suggests some answers to these questions. It has been developed by the University of Southampton and the British Council, and draws on their exciting joint online course, MA in English Language Teaching.

If you are a fully participating learner in “Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching,” you will be eligible to apply for a scholarship to cover part of the MA fees. You will find out more when you join the course.

The course takes place over five weeks. It will introduce you to some of the latest ideas in research and practice in language learning and teaching. We will:

•Explore second language learning and what it means to learn language

•Consider language classrooms and how teaching affects our language learning

•Look at the use of technology in teaching, and its benefits and challenges for language learning

•Investigate the case of English - the most widely learnt and taught language in the world - asking how it has achieved this position

•Update you on the latest research into the use of English and give you a taste of what it is like to be a researcher in Global English.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in a live research project by telling us about language policies and practices where you are.

The course includes quizzes, activities, discussions and videos filmed around the world. The videos feature experts such as British Council teachers, and staff and students at the University of Southampton.

During the course, you will hear different voices sharing their ideas and opinions – and we want to hear yours too. How do you use language in YOUR life? What is YOUR experience of language learning and teaching? Join us – to discuss effective language learning and teaching.

Start Date: Monday 24 April 2017

Duration: 5 weeks

Commitment: 3 hours per week

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