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LN5023: THEORIES OF LEARNING (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


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

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?

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 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. analyse how learning theories and principles relate to their beliefs about EFL teaching.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


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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