Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Maltese as a Foreign Language: Descriptors and Assessment Criteria

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is being offered as an option to teachers who apply for the PGCertMFL, but who are not currently teaching MFL. It introduces them to the scene of foreign language teaching. It will provide a theoretical backbone to MFL, and it will focus in particular on the relevant national and international documents such as those produced by the Council of Europe and endorsed by the European Commission. It prepares the students for a possible future experience as teachers of MFL.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is aimed at teachers who are not currently teaching MFL but are interested in familiarising themselves with it. It seeks to help them understand important political and pedagogical documents, especially the frameworks of the Council of Europe which are applied in MFL. It will also introduce them to the locally-produced documents and materials that are necessary as background knowledge prior to planning a teaching course in MFL.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Access relevant documents that are produced locally and internationally;
2. Explain the discourse and learning objectives found in Council of Europe documents that are relevant to MFL;
3. Carry out an online search for relevant material such as that which is continually produced by the European Centre for Modern Languages (Council of Europe).

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Write relevant teaching and learning objectives for MFL;
2. Adapt content to a MFL teaching context;
3. Evaluate the content of pedagogically-related documents;
4. Discuss the appropriateness of teaching material to MFL.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Common European Framework of Reference for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (2017) (available online)
- Framework of Reference for Pluralistic Approaches (2012) (available online)
- Learning Outcomes for MFL (available online)
- SEC assessment criteria for MFL (available online)


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Antoinette Camilleri Grima

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