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LN5023: THEORIES OF LEARNING (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27


Course Overview

This course will focus on key concepts, hypotheses and models related TESOL-oriented theories of learning, including behaviourist, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. The structure of this course will facilitate development of and reflection on teaching beliefs and teaching philosophy. Strengths and weaknesses of common learning theories will be identified and their applicability to the English language teaching context will be examined.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Agni Connor

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • MSc Tesol (Passed)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • LN5020 Second Language Theory and Practice (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will focus on key concepts, hypotheses and models related TESOL-oriented theories of learning, including behaviourist, cognitive and socio-cultural perspectives. The structure of this course will facilitate development of and reflection on teaching beliefs and teaching philosophy. Strengths and weaknesses of common learning theories will be identified and their applicability to the English language teaching context will be examined.

Course Aims

Students will:
1. develop an in-depth understanding of TESOL-oriented learning theories.
2. evaluate a range of theories of learning using authentic language data and the existing research,
3. critically reflect on the potential applications of learning theories in the EFL classroom context,
4. relate the existing research on learning theories to teaching practice in the classroom,
5. identify methodological challenges in the existing research,
6. analyse how learning theories and principles relate to their beliefs about EFL teaching.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

None.

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3,000-word essay.

Resit: ​3,000-word essay.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

​Summative feedback will be given through comments in relation to the essay.

Formative feedback will be provided through regular face-to-face and online discussion between instructor and student throughout the course.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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