The PG Certificate in Teaching Multilingual Learners consists of three modules (60 credits) taken part time either on-campus or distance learning over one year. The three modules are:
Language acquisition (Autumn semester)
You will deal with theoretical and practical approaches to language acquisition and focus on second language acquisition, with priority given to approaches of special relevance to language learning and education. Key themes that you will cover throughout the session include: linguistic variation, codeswitching, sociopolitics and language policy, and language teacher training.
Multilingual Learners (Spring semester)
You will focus on children in English-speaking schools, whose first language is not English (the multilingual child). The module aims to draw on current practice, research, case studies, websites and professional networks, enabling you to:
- analyse the development of children in second languages settings
- identify theories of bilingualism, trans-languaging and dynamic language
- appreciate the links between first and second language, identity and self-esteem: the emotional experiences of the multilingual child
- evaluate teacher, teacher assistant, parent, and whole school responses to the multilingual child
- theorise practice and pedagogy: what beliefs, theories and attitudes to language and the multilingual learner underpin teacher choices?
- evaluate and critically compare policies connected with the teaching, learning and integration of the multilingual child into the mainstream school
- evaluate, adapt and create resources and materials for their fit with the needs of the multilingual child.
Independent Study: investigating practice (Summer semester)
You will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills from the core modules to a specific work-based setting involving multilingual children, and to reflect on how these work in practice to enhance the child's learning experience.
This module provides you with an opportunity to engage in independent study/practice investigation of an approved topic relevant to the programme and is conducted under supervision with the prior approval of the Module Leader and Subject Coordinator. The independent study/practice investigation may be based on primary and/or secondary data.
Please note: as our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the list of modules you choose from may vary from that shown here.
Teaching and learning
The programme can be taken either on-campus or by distance learning. Teaching is organised on a module-credit basis, each module involving approximately 200 hours of student input and approximately 24 hours of staff input.
- On-campus – taught modules Modules are usually taught over eight weeks on Wednesdays 17:00 – 20:00 in semesters one and two. Then there is an independent study module with tutorials in semester 3
- Distance learning – the programme can be achieved by part-time online learning through the use of our Moodle platform. For each module this usually requires about 12 hours a week plus time spent on assessment.
Teaching Multilingual Learners
The course will be offered through a range of methods, including:
Face to face workshops, 17:00 – 20:00 on Wednesday evenings in semesters 1 and 2.
Semester 3 is a supervised project.
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