Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Ir-Riċerka Pedagoġika fil-Klassi tal-Malti / Pedagogical Research in the Maltese Classroom

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will focus on a number of research studies, primarily carried out in Maltese language classrooms. The research topics covered will be varied to encompass a wide range of issues that a teacher of Maltese needs to be aware of, such as: introducing literacy in Maltese; the use of Maltese as a medium of instruction in non-language subjects; learner autonomy in Malta; Maltese dialects in education; using resources in Maltese language teaching, teaching Maltese to foreigners, among others.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are for student-teachers to:
- Become aware of the range of research carried out in Maltese language classrooms;
- Become familiar with applications of research results to the daily life in a Maltese language classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will:
- Be able to give information about research carried out in Maltese language classrooms.
- Be able to explain the applicability of research results to daily classroom realities.
- Be aware of the many areas of Maltese pedagogy that still need to be researched.
- Have knowledge about a number of research methodologies already applied in the Maltese classroom and other methods of research not yet tapped.
- Be motivated to carry out classroom research themselves.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Look up research published locally and internationally and identify results that have a bearing on Maltese realities.
- Discuss the research methodology and the results obtained in various studies.
- Give oral presentations about research with a pedagogical stance.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Sammut, Rita (2009) The Design and Evaluation of a Maltese Reading Scheme. M.Ed. (University of Malta).
- Sammut, Rita (2015) 'The design of a Maltese Literacy Programme for the Early Years, MRER 9, 1, 5-23.
- Camilleri Grima, A. (2007) 'Pedagogy for Autonomy, teachers' attitudes and institutional change: a case study', in L. Sercu and M. Jimenez Raya (eds.) Challenges in Teacher Development: Learner Autonomy and Intercultural Competence. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp.81-102.
- Camilleri Grima, A., Buttigieg, L. & Xerri, J. (2013) 'Gozitan dialects in the classroom and language awareness for learner empowerment', in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 16, 5, 589-6-1.
- Camilleri Grima, A. 2015, "Malta: Bilingual Education for Self-Preservation and Global Fitness" in Building Bilingual Education Systems: Forces, Mechanisms and Counterwieghts, ed. Mehisto, P. & Genessee, F., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 217-226.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: A first cycle degree with a main area of study (70 ECTS credits) in Maltese, which must include a minimum of 25 ECTS credits in taught study-units in Maltese language and linguistics, and 25 ECTS credits in Maltese literature, provided that for courses commencing in October 2016 only, the main area of study must include a minimum of 20 ECTS credits in taught study-units in Maltese language and linguistics, and 20 ECTS credits in Maltese literature.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Antoinette Camilleri Grima

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