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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUENG5 - Critical Perspectives on English Language Education

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides students with a forum for discussion and presentation of the history, current trends, and issues pertaining to research in English language education and its effect on policy, curriculum, and the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language in inclusive classrooms. Students will engage with the socio-cultural context of English in schools for learners of an additional language, with a particular focus on English as a lingua franca and English as an Additional Language within a bilingual context. Students will have opportunities to read, discuss, and reflect on these contemporary issues and practices to build a sound and coherent understanding of these contemporary issues and possibilities within the UAE context.

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Course Materials

Week 1

Introduction to the course: Course Outline


English language education in the UAE


Required reading:

Gobert, M. T. (2019). Transformation in English language education in the UAE. In Education in the United Arab Emirates (pp. 113-126). Springer, Singapore.


Recommended reading:

Cullinan, M. (2016). Critical review of ESL curriculum: Practical application to the UAE context. International Journal of Curriculum and Instruction, 8(1), 54-68.
https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1207321.pdf

Week 2

 

English as a Global Language


Required reading:
Guilherme, M. (2007). English as a global language and education for cosmopolitan citizenship. Language and Intercultural Communication, 7(1), 72-90.https://doi.org/10.2167/laic184.0


Recommended reading:

Melitz, J. (2016). English as a global language. In The Palgrave handbook of economics and language (pp. 583-615). Palgrave Macmillan, London.

Week 3

 

English as a Lingua Franca


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Weeks 4 and 5

 

Bilingualism and Multilingualism (Parts 1 & 2)


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Week 6

 

Metacognition in language teaching and learning


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Week 7

Quality teaching: Classroom practices to transform education


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Class size and different abilities

English language teaching in two particular teaching ‘contexts’: large classes and classes where students have a variety of ability levels.

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Week 8

Reflective practice as professional development
- Dialogic Reflection
- Practitioner Research
Required reading:
Mann, S., & Walsh, S. (2017). Reflective practice in English language teaching: Research-based principles and practices. Routledge. Chapters 8 and 9 (pp. 189-245)

Week 9

Dialogic Teaching
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Week 10

National and International Assessment
Required readings:

MOE-UAE. (2021). National assessment policy. [here]
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Week 11

Challenges, Opportunities, and Possibilities in English Language Education


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Assignment 2: Critical essay Due