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COURSE SYLLABUS

Advanced Studies in English and Education 30 credits

Engelska på avancerad nivå med didaktisk inriktning
Second cycle, E7002S
Version
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.


Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
English
Subject group (SCB)
English
Main field of study
English

Entry requirements

Engelska C or 60-90 hp of English studies within a teaching degree


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on 20-285 credits



Course Aim

By the end of the course the student will be able to do the following:

 ·      demonstrate knowledge of the main theories of language acquisition

·      demonstrate knowledge of how individual differences, socio-cultural factors and relationships between languages affect second language acquisition

·      demonstrate an understanding of the limits of research and the relationship between research and education

·      demonstrate knowledge of the main research methods used in the field of English and Education as well as the ability to interpret research findings

·      demonstrate specialist knowledge of at least one area of English and Education

·      form a research question and (with support) plan, conduct and report on a solution to that research question


Contents
Module 1. Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Research Methodology (Q1)

 Through reading, listening to recorded lectures and in discussion seminars, students will learn about the main theories of language acquisition, with a focus on SLA and the English language in a Swedish context. They will also study the most common research methods and forms of data elicitation. They will be given the opportunity to improve their library skills, and will be expected to find and evaluate sources independently. Support in interpreting statistical analyses and in understanding how research is reported will be provided.

Module 2. Specialization within SLA (Q2)

Students will have the opportunity to specialise within an area of Second Language Acquisition that is connected to on-going research at LTU. Topics will include Literature, Linguistics, Culture, Policy, and SLA in a rotation. Applicants are advised to contact the examiner and/or the website to check the options available for any given year.

Through reading, listening to recorded lectures and in discussion seminars, students will learn about the main lines of enquiry, areas of disagreement and topical problems. They will be expected to find and evaluate sources independently. Support in understanding research methods and/or data elicitation techniques that belong to the specialisation will be provided.

Module 3. Degree Essay, Outline and Defence (Q3-4)

Students formulate a research problem in the form of an outline (1.0 credit). They then develop an academic paper on the basis of the outline with the support of on-line group meetings (13.5 credits). The essay is presented at a defence and the student must also act as an opponent for another paper during a live web-based seminar (0.5 credits). The topic of the degree essay must be related to research in English from an educational perspective.

Remarks

The advanced level essay; has to be registered and published in full text in an electronic format (PDF file) by the student via LTU’s web page http://epubl.ltu.se.


Realization

The course is taught entirely through the medium of English and students are expected to produce texts that demonstrate an advanced understanding of the conventions of academic writing. The course is entirely web-based and combines live seminars, recorded lectures, self-study materials, as well as written and oral assignments. Some of the seminars are compulsory, and will be taught during the day. Some group assignments are compulsory and students will be required to support the learning of others as well as receive peer feedback. Students are expected to have computers which support the programmes used. (See xxxx for a more detailed account of the equipment students are expected to provide for themselves.)

 

The course is offered at 50% and students are expected to complete their studies within a year of starting the course.


Examination
Items/credits
Number    Type    Credits    Grade
0001    Course Assignments Second Language Acquisition SLA    4.5    U G VG
0002    Course Assignments Research Methods, Writing & Statistics    3.0    U G VG
0003    Course Assignments Specialization within SLA methodology    1.5    U G VG
0004    Course Assignments Specialization within SLA    6.0    U G VG
0005    Degree Essay, outline    1.0    U G
0006    D-Essay text    13.5    U G VG
0007    D-Essay opposition & defence    0.5    U G VG

NB! To obtain a ‘distinction’ (VG) on the whole course, the student must have obtained a ‘distinction’ VG for at least 22.5 credits of the course’s total points.


Remarks
Employment prospects

The programme prepares students for careers that require solid knowledge and skills as well as academic training in the subject of English. These include positions in higher education, schools, museums, archives, libraries, publishing companies, governmental authorities, government ministries, tourism, and media (journalism, translation, for instance). The course is ideal for First Teachers and also for those wishing to pursue a course in research as it also qualifies the student for entry into PhD education at LTU.


Examiner
Marie Nordlund

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
NB: For all course literature, it is the latest/last update that is relevant.
Module 1. Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and Research Methodology
Second Language Acquisition
A selection of current articles will be made available through Canvas
Gass, S. M., & Mackey, A. (Eds.) (2013). The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. London and New York: Routledge.
VanPatten, B. and J. Williams (Eds.) (2015). Theories in Second Language Acquisition. London and New York: Routledge.
Research Methodology
McDonough, J., & McDonough, S. (2014). Research Methods for English Language Teachers. London and New York: Routledge.
Tarone, E. E., Gass, S. M., & Cohen, A. D. (2013). Research Methodology in Second-Language Acquisition. London and New York: Routledge.
Module 2. Specialization within SLA
An example reading list for a module focusing on teaching materials in Second Language Acquisition.
Teaching Materials in EFL Classrooms
A selection of current articles will be made available through Canvas
Harwood, N. (Ed.). (2010). English Language Teaching Materials: Theory and Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press.
McGrath, I. (2013). Teaching Materials and the Roles of EFL/ESL Teachers: Practice and Theory. London: A&C Black.
Tomlinson, B. (2013). Applied Linguistics and Materials Development. London: A&C Black.
Research Methodology
Dörnyei, Z. (2007). Research Methods in Applied Linguistics: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methodologies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Module 3. Outline and D-Essay
Students will create their own literature lists with guidance from their supervisor.
Guidelines for writing:
http://www.ltu.se/polopoly_fs/1.3133!guidelines%20for%20writing%20english%20essays%20-%20jan08.doc
Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Education

Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Course Assignments Second Language Acquisition SLAU G VG *4.50MandatoryA17
0002Course Assignments Research Methods, Writing & StatisticsU G VG *3.00MandatoryA17
0003Course Assignments Specialization within SLA methodologyU G VG *1.50MandatoryA17
0004Course Assignments Specialization within SLAU G VG *6.00MandatoryA17
0005Degree Essay, outlineU G#1.00MandatoryA17
0006D-Essay textU G VG *13.50MandatoryA17
0007D-Essay opposition & defenceU G VG *0.50MandatoryA17

Syllabus established
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 15 Feb 2017

Last revised
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 14 Feb 2020