Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Teaching Maltese as a Foreign Language in Context

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to all the different contexts in which MFL is being taught, namely, in the early years, primary, middle & secondary school, and to adults. It will also relate the teaching of MFL to national examinations in the area, e.g. the new SEC exam in MFL, which can be sat by both school candidates as a school-based exam, as well as by independent candidates such as adults attending evening courses. All the language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) will be covered, and intercultural competence will be included as an integral part of language learning.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to help students to become familiar with the different contexts in which MFL is being taught. More importantly, it will help them to understand and appreciate the need for a diversified pedagogy according to the age, ability, and needs of the learners. All the language skills will be dealt with: listening, speaking, reading and writing. The teaching of grammar and intercultural competence will be included from a communicative perspective.

Learning Outcomes:

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

1. Apply an appropriate teaching methodology according to the different contexts in which MFL is being taught;
2. Discuss the different pedagogy required in each context: early years, primary, middle & secondary school; adult learning;
3. Apply the techniques necessary for a teacher to adapt the the teaching materials of MFL according to the context.

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

1. Select the relevant teaching material as required in a particular teaching context;
2. Evaluate existing teaching material according to its relevance to the age, ability and needs of the learners;
3. Write 'can do' statements relating to all aspects of language learning as a guide to their learners;
4. Plan lessons for learners who will be sitting for the relevant exams, such as MATSEC MFL.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

The main readings will be related to curricula and syllabi available at the time for the different contexts examined. These will be made available online, e.g. via the VLE.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Antoinette Camilleri Grima

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