Certificate in Materials Development for ELT recognized as contributing 30 credits towards MA in TESOL
The Certificate course is intended for practicing teachers of English to speakers of other languages with a degree in English Language Teaching, and at least two years’ relevant teaching experience. Proficiency in English is a must.
The Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura is offering a course in Materials Development for English Language Teaching which is valid for 30 credits towards an MA in TESOL from the Institute of Education, University of London.
Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a Certificate in Materials Development, and will be encouraged to continue their studies towards a full MA at the Institute of Education in face-to-face, or in Distance Learning mode. However, the course is independent, and continuation on the MA is not obligatory.
The Institute of Education is the oldest university department of TESOL in the UK, and has a long and distinguished history of serving English teachers both from the UK and overseas.
The course examines the context of materials development, and the role of materials in the ELT classroom from a Chilean perspective. The course will be partly on-line, and partly face-to-face. The on-line component consists of readings and tasks hosted by the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura. The face-to-face component
consists of an intensive week of 20 hours’ tuition plus 10 hours of guided materials production.
- Materials for teaching the four skills.
- Teachers’ guides.
- Simplifying and adapting materials.
- Technology and materials writing.
- Materials evaluation.
The Certificate course is evaluated by assignments due two months after the course ends. Assignments consist of:
- A fully worked out sample of materials; The teacher’s guide for the materials.
- A 5000 word essay providing the rationale for the materials.
Successful completion of the course entitles the teacher to a Certificate in Materials Development awarded by the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura in association with the Institute of Education, University of London.
The Certificate is worth 30 credits towards a full MA at the Institute of Education.
The full MA consists of 180 credits, and may be completed in Distance Mode within a minimum period of two years and a maximum of four years.
MA in TESOL (by Distance Learning) Institute of Education
The MA TESOL at the Institute of Education is now being offered by distance learning as well. This mode of study combines print materials with computer mediated communication.
There is no requirement for face-to-face attendance but course participants may, if they so wish, take modules in London which are not offered in distance learning mode, either within the TESOL area or in another area of study.
What topics does the course cover?
The course has three components: core modules, optional modules and a dissertation or a report.
Core Modules (30 credits each):
- Describing and Analysing Language.
- Key Concepts in Language Learning and Teaching.
Optional Modules (30 credits each):
- Issues and Options in Language Teacher Development.
- Materials Development: Issues and Principles.
- Technology and Language Teaching and Learning.
- Second Language Learning Experience.
- Discourse, Society and Culture.
- English in Diverse World Contexts.
Dissertation or report (60 or 30 credits respectively):
- These offer students the opportunity to explore a topic of their own choice in greater depth.
How many modules do I need in order to graduate?
Students have to accumulate 180 credits in order to graduate. Both core modules are compulsory. This means that after completing the core modules, students take two options and then write a dissertation.
Alternatively, students take three taught options and write a report.
How are students assessed?
Assessment is by coursework. On some modules, you will write a number of short assessed essays, on others you will write one longer assignment.
The course tutor for the intensive week is Dr. Amos Paran, Programme Leader of the MA in TESOL at the Institute of Education, University of London. Dr. Paran will be offering the course at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura, Sta. Lucía 124, Santiago, under the terms of an Academic Agreement between the two universities.
- Amos Paran
Amos Paran is a senior lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he runs the MA TESOL by Distance Education. He started his professional career in Israel, where he taught English as a Foreign Language in secondary schools and trained teachers. After getting his PhD in Applied Linguistics, he taught at the University of Reading before moving to the Institute of Education. He has run teacher training workshops in countries as diverse as Vietnam, Uzbekistan, Israel, Switzerland, Spain, France and Chile. His main research interests are reading in a foreign language and the use of literature in language learning, as well as distance education. He has published books and articles on language learning; his latest book is an edited collection of articles entitled Literature in Language Learning and Teaching. He is the treasurer of IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
Local tutors for on-line support, and guidance during the intensive week are:
- Alejandro Naveas
- Degree in TEFL, University of Chile.
- MA in Applied Linguistics, University of Lancaster.
- Over 30 years’ experience of Teaching, Teacher-Training, and Educational Consultancy Services in schools and universities in Chile.
- Has published articles on ELT, and a textbook for schools in Chile.
- Currently Teacher-Trainer and Lecturer at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura, and Regional Team Leader, ESOL Examinations, University of Cambridge.
- Tom Connelly
- BA Hons in Combined Arts, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
- MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT, University of Surrey.
- Experience as Teacher and Teacher-Trainer in Spain, Mexico, and the UK. Has conducted research on ELT Course Design and ELT Project Management.
- Currently Teacher-Trainer and Educational Technology Consultant at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura.
- Professional interests include Membership of EALTA (European Association of Language Testing and Assessment), TEFL Correspondent for the Santiago Times, and Technology in ELT.
- Thom Kiddle
- RSA Cambridge DELTA with triple distinction.
- BA Hons in Modern and Renaissance History, Warwick University.
- Experience as Teacher and Teacher -Trainer in Thailand, Portugal, Australia, and the UK.
- Has published articles on ELT, and English Language Learning materials.
- Currently Online course designer and Team Leader for TKT, and Head of Academic Research, at the Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura.
- Professional interests include Technology in ELT and web-site management.
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