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Language as a medium for teaching and learning

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Are you interested in English language education? This free course, Language as a medium for teaching and learning, examines the use of language as a cultural tool which allows humans to become involved in a two-way process of constant change. The course will help those within the teaching environment to relate theoretical discussion to professional practice.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the process of teaching and learning in classrooms, and the role of language in that process
  • appreciate how a sociocultural approach can be used to make critical, constructive analyses of classroom interaction in a variety of second language learning contexts
  • use this knowledge to reflect on second language learning processes in the classroom.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 5 hours
  • Updated Wednesday 17th February 2016
  • Advanced level
  • Posted under Educational Practice
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Language as a medium for teaching and learning


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This course introduces ideas which are likely to be of interest to a range of professionals interested in English language education, and is accessible to those who have not yet undertaken masters level study but might be interested in doing so in the future. It includes a variety of activities which help learners to relate theoretical discussion to professional practice.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of postgraduate study in Education, Childhood & Youth qualifications. [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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