Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE LHN5004

 
TITLE ELT 4 Learning Resources and Digital Technologies in ELT

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

 
DESCRIPTION The world of English Language Teaching is replete with commercially-produced teaching resources brought about not least by the rapid pace of technological change. It is useful to have a set of guidelines to be able to critically evaluate resources, and to use when designing or adapting materials for diverse learners. Specific reference will be made to both technology-based and no-tech resources.

By carrying out practical tasks and engaging in relevant readings, the study unit proposes to equip participants with a critical lens through which to evaluate no-tech, low-tech and technology-based resources so that the methodological and pedagogical underpinnings are brought to the surface and evaluated for their usefulness and soundness.

Study-Unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to prepare students to contend with the considerable range of resources for learning and discovery that are available for the teaching of English and to critically evaluate these for their usefulness and effectiveness in helping learners in the classroom and beyond. The study unit also aims to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to produce contextually relevant and pedagogically sound no-tech and low-tech materials to meet their learners' needs and learning outcomes. Students will be invited also to consider critically how to plan and implement technology-enhanced learning scenarios in the English classroom.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Describe the various types of resources;
- Locate sources that provide resources;
- Analyse the possibilities or limitations within the resources;
- Discuss the advantages of teacher-made materials: contextualization, individual needs, personalisation, timeliness;
- Discuss the potential disadvantages of teacher-made materials: organisation around a theme, quality, time;
- Demonstrate an understanding of key factors when designing resources: learners, curriculum, context, personal confidence and competence;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the pedagogical relevance and effectiveness of the new technologies in the English classroom.

2. Skills:

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

- Demonstrate an ability to apply criteria for evaluation and analysis by carrying out tasks under the lecturer's guidance in class;
- Apply a set of guidelines for the analysis and evaluation of commercially-produced material;
- Create contextually-relevant teaching material;
- Design, implement and evaluate technology-enhanced learning scenarios for the English classroom.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Recommended readings and websites:

Digital technologies in ELT:

- Granić, A, Mifsud, C.L., & Ćukušić, M., (2009) Design, implementation and validation of a Europe-wide pedagogical framework for e-Learning in Computers and Education, Elsevier, US.
- Mifsud, C. L., & Grech, L. (2017). Literacy teaching with tablets in bilingual primary classrooms - The Malta TabLit Study. In N. Kucirkova & G. Falloon, Apps, technology and young learners. Routledge, UK.
- Mifsud, C.L. & Kupiainen, R. (2017) The Internet of Toys and Gender in Mascheroni, G., & Holloway, D. (Eds.) (2017) The Internet of Toys: A report on media and social discourses around young children and IoToys. DigiLitEY. http://digilitey.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/IoToys-June-2017-reduced.pdf
- Mifsud, C.L. & Petrova, R. (2017) Young Children (0-8) and Digital Technology: The National Report for Malta, University of Malta/EU Joint Research Centre. ISBN 978-99957-1-098-9
- Mifsud, C.L. & Petrova, Z. (forthcoming). Literacy Education in the Digital Age. in Broek, P., Barzillai, M., Schroeder, S. & Thomson, J. Literacy in the Digital Age, John Benjamins, Netherlands.
- Mifsud, C.L., Vella, R., and Camilleri, L. (2013). Attitudes towards and effects of the use of video games in classroom learning with specific reference to literacy attainment. Research in Education, Vol. 90, Manchester University Press, UK.
- Peachey, Nik, (2011) Digital Video - A Manual for Language Teachers, The Digital Classrooms Series, Alpha College of English.
- Walker, Aisha and White, Goodith, (2013) Technology Enhanced Language Learning Connecting theory and practice.
- Young, Carl. A. & Kajder, Sara, (2013) (eds) Research on Technology in English Education, Information Age Publishing, USA.
- Zaman, B., & Mifsud, C. L. (2017). Editorial: Young children’s use of digital media and parental mediation.dCyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 11(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.5817/CP2017-3-xx
- Mobile Language Learning Pack
- https://cyberpsychology.eu/issue/view/658
- https://educationrickshaw.com/2017/09/16/ways-to-enhance-reading-and-writing-workshop-with-technology/
- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0B2WcM5hFYJTjFnNmRvM25YbkE/view

Low-tech and no-tech learning resources in ELT

- Aldridge-Morris, Kathryn. How To Write ESOL Materials (Training Course For ELT Writers Book 16) [Kindle Edition].
- Block, David and Cameron, Deborah (Eds) (2002) Globalization and Language Teaching. Dummett, Paul (2013) How To Write Critical Thinking Activities (Training Course For ELT Writers Book 4) Kindle Edition.
- Garton, Sue and Graves, Kathleen, Graves (Eds) (2014) International Perspectives on Materials in ELT.
- Harwood, Nigel (2010) English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice (Cambridge Language Education).
- Krantz, Caroline (2013) How To Write Reading And Listening Activities (Training Course For ELT Writers) Kindle Edition.
- Richardson, Karen. How To Write Worksheets (Training Course For ELT Writers) [Kindle Edition].
- http://elt-resourceful.com/2012/02/17/ideas-for-providing-differentiation-that-dont-involve-writing-different-materials-and-a-different-plan-for-each-student-in-the-class-2/
- http://www.readingmatrix.com/files/11-1n844ug7.pdf
- file:///C:/Users/PC/Downloads/Evaluative%20checklist.pdf
- https://sites.google.com/a/twpums.net/the-writing-portal/elt-materials-design-adaption-and-evaluation
- http://www.ijhssnet.com/journals/Vol_1_No_12_September_2011/14.pdf
- http://iteslj.org/Articles/Shave-CourseBookEvaluation.html
- http://benz.nchu.edu.tw/~intergrams/intergrams/132/132-lhy.pdf
- https://www.researchgate.net/publication/246108464_Evaluating_ELT_textbooks_and_materials
- http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/view/10.1057/9781137384263.0013
- http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/markthomas/2015/02/25/materials-now/
- http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-artslaw/cels/essays/sylabusandmaterials/AWhiteCOURSEBOOKEVALUATIONsyllmat.pdf
- https://www.academia.edu/883104/
- https://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/c-is-for-coursebook-writing/
- https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/whats-new-english-language-teaching
- http://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2014/05/authentic-materials-classroom-advantages/
- http://oupeltglobalblog.com/2014/03/12/creating-your-own-materials-to-use-in-class/
- http://www.paaljapan.org/resources/proceedings/PAAL9/pdf/Howard.pdf
- http://elt-resourceful.com/
- https://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/gpg/1470
- http://fernandotrujillo.es/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/resources.pdf
- http://www.etni.org.il/etnirag/issue4/miri_yochanna.htm
- http://www.pearsonlongman.com/young_learners/PDFs/choosing-a-coursebook.pdf
- https://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/curriculum-teaching-strategies/more-lessons-from-classrooms-in-south-korea-finland-and-poland/

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: First cycle degree and 70 ECTS in English, of which 25 ECTS must be in Language and Linguistics, and 25 ECTS in Literature.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Doreen Spiteri
John Paul Vella

 
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