New Directions in Second Language Teaching

An introduction to current theories and practices in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and second language teaching

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This course will introduce and explore the latest topics and issues that concern TESOL and Second Language Teaching professionals at the moment. It highlights how TESOL and Second Language Teaching are exciting fields of research and practice, and looks both at global and micro-level contexts and approaches that focus on language itself.

The foundation of the course will be the evidence base of TESOL and Second Language Teaching, which looks at the practical implications for learning and teaching in a range of diverse contexts. It draws on the participants’ experiences and knowledge in relation to their own background, interests and career direction.

The course also gives students the opportunity to research aspects of the field, e.g. through the use of corpora or collecting data in a natural setting. There may also be opportunities to observe practitioners or experiment with pedagogies in practical microteaching tasks.

Participants will work, with guidance, on small research projects and present their research outcomes at the end of each week. The feedback from these presentations will feed forward to the summative poster presentation at the end of week 3.

The course will be taught (for lectures) by experts in the field who teach on the MSc in TESOL and the MSc in Language Teaching at The University of Edinburgh and TESOL PhD students (for workshops and assessment).

Course organisers: Dr Claudia Rosenhan and Dr. Florence Bonacina-Pugh.

Lectures: For profiles of the staff lecturing on the Summer School please visit http://www.ed.ac.uk/education/graduate-school/taught-degrees/tesol/staff-students

Workshops: Stephanie De Marco Berman, PhD candidate at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (TBC)

Dr Rosenhan is currently the programme director on the MSc TESOL at Moray House School of Education. This programme attracts a large number of graduates who go on to develop a number of career paths after their MSc studies, such as teaching, educational management or further postgraduate work at Edinburgh or other universities.

Dr Florence Bonacina-Pugh teaches on the MSc TESOL and the MSc Language Teaching at Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh, and conducts research in the sociolinguistics of second language education. Florence also has many years of experience of teaching French as a foreign language in the UK.

 

Assessment

Students will work, with guidance, on small research projects and present their research outcomes at the end of each week. The feedback from these presentations will feed forward to the summative poster presentation at the end of week 3. Students will produce a final research poster based on the feedforward they have received in the previous formative presentations.

Students will be able to begin working effectively with knowledge that covers and integrates current developments in Second Language Teaching both from a local and a global perspective.

They will develop a critical understanding of the situated nature of Second Language Teaching and an understanding of the techniques of enquiry or research methodologies as a way to become acquainted with ways in which the field of Second Language Teaching grows.

Students will be able to begin evaluating and designing language teaching materials as a way to develop a practical understanding of the contexts of language teaching and will be able to begin synthesising a variety of primary and secondary sources, written, visual and material, to create a convincing analysis of data, execute a research activity and present outcomes

 

Who is this school for?

The Summer School in Second Language Teaching provides a fantastic introduction to the latest pedagogical and research developments in the fields of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Second Language Teaching in general. This course is ideal for:

  • English Language Teaching professionals and other language teachers who are looking to reflect on their practice in light of the latest developments in the fields of TESOL and Second Language Teaching.
  • students who have recently graduated (or who are working towards their undergraduate studies) and are wanting to explore key concepts and issues in the fields of TESOL and Second Language Teaching.
  • Prospective students who are registered (or thinking of registering) to the MSc in TESOL and the MSc in Language Teaching at The University of Edinburgh and who would like to familiarise themselves with some of the key concepts and issues introduced in these Masters.

The fees for this course have been laid out fully on our course fees page.

As course fees and accommodation costs are payable separately, it will not be possible to reduce the tuition fee cost for those students who opt to arrange their own accommodation off-campus.

Tuition Fee

£575 per week

Accommodation

You have a choice of accommodation options for varying prices, dependent on your preferences:

  • Standard Single (catered)
  • Ensuite Single (catered)
  • Self-catered (with shared facilities)

Please note that University of Edinburgh self-catered accommodation is now sold out for August. Additional self-catering rooms close to the Central area are now available via a University accommodation partner.

Full information on accommodation options can be found here

Social Programme

To enhance your experience at the University of Edinburgh Summer School, a variety of social and cultural activities will be organized to allow you to explore and discover the history, traditions and beauty of Scotland whilst meeting people from across the world. Each student can participate in the social and cultural activities which are included in the course fee.  A free gym membership is included as well as a variety of fun and interesting things to do and see in Edinburgh.  Additionally, students can book on to day and weekend tours to explore the rest and best of Scotland (at a discounted rate for Summer School students).

Other costs

Please note you will also need to pay for any essential books on the reading lists provided and any entrance fees for exhibits and other related fees on study visits.