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This specialisation course focuses on issues relevant to teachers of foreign languages seeking professional development and certification in the use of new technologies in foreign language teaching in both online and blended settings. The course is offered in English.
The main emphasis of the course is on practice and innovation, providing participants with an opportunity to reflect on different teaching scenarios mediated by technologies. The course adopts a hands-on approach and participants will use a wide range of applications for the course assignments and projects. It also provides an overview of recent trends in computer-assisted language learning (CALL), including the theoretical justification and practical implications for the use of new technologies in teaching and learning foreign languages.
This one-semester specialisation course consists of three subjects (5 ECTS each), which together provide an overview of new trends in computer-assisted language learning (CALL). It focuses on aspects ranging from online collaboration and the affordances of tools used for such collaboration, to computer-mediated communication (CMC), as well as digital literacy and social presence in the teaching and learning of foreign languages online.
The course provides a "sandbox" space for experimenting with new approaches to teaching and learning with technologies, as well as for reviewing online tools and new apps. The proposed technological or methodological solutions discussed in the course will seek to respond to the challenges faced in teaching foreign languages such as low student motivation, poor learning results, accessibility issues and high drop-out rates.
The course incorporates a strong component of reflection and experience-sharing by building on participants' own teaching contexts, making it particularly relevant for teachers' day-to-day practice.
- Integrating and applying existing ICT tools in foreign language teaching
- Acquiring procedures, analytical processes and decision-making strategies to incorporate emerging technologies into teaching practice
- Developing a methodological and practical understanding of blended and fully online foreign language teaching
- Training in blended and fully online assessment methods in foreign language teaching
- Acquiring an understanding of the main tenets and concerns within CALL
- Applying course knowledge and practices to own teaching context
- Foreign language teachers
- Pre-service and practising teachers in primary, secondary, VET or higher educational institutions
- School principals, directors, head teachers and staff-members in equivalent managerial positions
- E-learning professionals
- Teacher trainers
- To work collaboratively on a joint online project
- To develop critical thinking
- To be able to structure and present the information and knowledge acquired using different multimedia formats
- To hone teamwork skills
- To search for and process relevant information online
- To critically analyse innovative web applications
- To be able to provide constructive feedback on peers¿ work and projects
- To develop academic presentation and writing skills
Who it is aimed at
English teachers teaching in primary, secondary, VET and higher education institutions as well as English language teachers in language schools. Although the course is intended primarily for English language teachers as the language of instruction will be English, the main concepts and learning outcomes can be applied to the teaching of other languages.
Teacher trainers and experienced language teachers who wish to develop and upskill their professional knowledge and broaden their pedagogical and methodological landscapes.
Pre-service and novice teachers who can benefit from an overview of recent trends in blended and online language teaching, giving them a competitive advantage in the English language teaching job market.
E-learning professionals looking to explore other career pathways or to specialise in foreign language teaching.
Teaching professionals in managerial positions who need to make pedagogically-sound decisions regarding the uptake of different technological solutions (LMSs, technical equipment and infrastructure) in their specific school setting or teaching environment.
Career paths. Professionals
- Career advancement in the field of foreign language teaching.
- Competitive advantage for in-service or pre-service teachers
- Management positions in schools, secondary schools and language schools.
- Teaching positions in online education, e.g. UOC¿s Centre for Modern Languages.
- Educational professionals putting together online or blended language learning courses.
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Last updated March 13, 2018