How this Module is Assessed: What You Need to Do and When
The assessment consists of a portfolio of work, of up to 6,000 words maximum, related to the design of a specific English language course.
The portfolio is in three parts.
Part 1 – Designing a course (approx. 4000 words)
If you are working with or have access to a group of students, use them as the basis for part i) below and then design a hypothetical, ideal course for them. If you do not have access to a group of students, you can either base the work on a class in which you have been a learner, or on an imaginary class, or on a scenario provided by the module tutor.
· Situation analysis and details of the learners
Give details of the context, the students on the course and their needs. Say how you would collect or have collected information on the students on the course. Say what needs analysis or diagnostic testing you have done / would do and say why. Make reference to reading on needs analysis and diagnostic testing. Include copies of any needs analysis or diagnostic testing tools in appendices.
· Aims and objectives for your course
Say what overall aims and objectives you have set for the course. Say why you have chosen them and how they relate to the learners and the context. Provide an explanation of how you arrived at the initial aims and objectives. This should be related both to the situation analysis, to your reading on the topic and to your wider knowledge and beliefs about language, language acquisition and teaching.
· A course design with explanation for about the first twenty hours of teaching
Create a course plan for around 20 hours. Put the course plan in an appendix. In the main text give details of how the type of syllabus adopted and why you chose this; how you selected the content; how the content relates to the course objectives and the context; how you decided on the sequencing of the content; and how the course incorporates a sense of progression. Make reference reading on syllabus design as well as to your knowledge and beliefs about language, language acquisition and teaching.
The exact number of hours covered should be chosen as appropriate for your situation, but should be around 20 hours.
· Discussion of how you will implement and adapt the course design
Describe the factors that you will take into account in your on-going planning. These should include your approach to teaching and choice and use of materials. Describe ways in which the course might be adapted as it progresses. Make reference reading on syllabus design as well as to your knowledge and beliefs about language, language acquisition and teaching.
· Assessment of progress and course evaluation
Say how you would assess the learners’ progress during and at the end of the course, as well as evaluated the course as a whole. Say what methods and instruments you would use. Make reference to your knowledge about testing and assessment, as well as reading on the topic. Include examples of any tests or other assessment methods in the appendices.
Part 2 – A book review of language teaching materials (approx. 1000 words)
Provide an analysis and evaluation of language teaching materials, such as a course book or supplementary resource materials. It should be in the form of a detailed critical review of one or two particular course books or resource books of teaching materials. Adopt a systematic approach and make reference to reading on materials selection and evaluation.
The material should relate to your particular context and learners. If you have based your course for part 1 on a particular course book, you should not use the same course book for this section.
Part 3 – Materials for three contrasting lessons or activities (approx. 1000 words excluding the materials)
Provide three pieces of material for the course you have designed in part 1. At least one of the activities should use materials you have created yourself, and the others should have evidence of adaptation. Put the materials in an appendix. Make clear which materials you have created yourself. Acknowledge the source of any material that you did not write yourself.
Provide details of how and why you have adapted and created the materials for your students and include a brief rationale for their design, making reference to reading on materials design. You should also include an evaluation of their effectiveness, saying why they are suitable for the group of students and the course.
Include a word count for each part and the total.
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