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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC3030 Language Learning Technology and Materials

20 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Dr Huahui Zhao

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

EDUC3011, EDUC3012

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Are you thinking about language teaching at some point in your career? Want to keep up with the latest trends in methodology, and make classes motivating for your students? In this module we look at the design and use of ICT resources in language teaching and learning. We also consider criteria for selecting and evaluating web-based material for particular pedagogic purposes. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience of designing language learning materials with ICTs, using the media discussed and examined in this module. The module is taught with seminars throughout semester 2. Sessions take place on Monday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm, and are very hands-on, with demonstrations of particular uses of technology and the creation of materials. The assessment consists of a portfolio of teaching materials illustrating different uses of technology and a 3,000 word assignment in which you discuss your rationale for designing the materials and how you feel they would promote learning. There are no pre-requisites for the module. For further information on this module contact Dr James Simpson:


On completion of this module, students should:

- have developed their knowledge of a range of technology-based materials and tools available to classroom language teachers

- be able to design and prepare materials appropriate for a range of language learners and using a range of media sources and tools

- understand and be able to apply criteria for selecting and evaluating materials from WWW to use in language classrooms

- understand some uses of computer-mediated communication and virtual worlds in language teaching.


The module will cover the following range of issues:

- Selecting and evaluating materials on the WWW
- Designing materials using online tools
- Creating audio materials
- Interactive web pages
- Language corpora and concordancing
- Creating stories for language learning using ICT
- Teaching writing with technology
- Computer-mediated communication and language learning
- Language learning in virtual worlds

Students will be required to design a set of language learning materials using three of the media discussed on the module.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours175.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation and reading for lectures and seminars.
Preparation, reading, and writing up assignments.

Tutorials: students are entitled to a face-to-face or email tutorial. Students with exceptional difficulties may receive additional tutorial support.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored through contributions to lectures/seminars, and assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 word essay50.00
PortfolioPortfolio of materials equivalent to 2,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/08/2019


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