Applied linguistics


The Masters in Applied Linguistics allowed me to develop expertise in specific areas of linguistics, such as corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis and/or language pedagogy. It also allowed me to explore the role of language in human affairs using a variety of approaches, ranging from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics with a particular focus on research methodology.


RedELE, the most influential journal in the field of Spanish language teaching published my Masters dissertation titled: ” The interaction in the new online learning environments” ->>  

My Masters dissertation is the first one in Spanish language about MOOCs, augmented reality, gamification, learning analytics and big data for education.

Articles ->> Books ->> & Reports ->> about education

Here you can read all my articles and papers about applied linguistic, theories of language learning, teaching methodologies, online learning environments and much more… ->>

Amazon published my book titled: “El Futuro de la Educación” The Future of Education

I have created hundred of educational materials for teachers and learners.  ->>

The MA in Applied Linguistics explores the role of language in human affairs using a variety of approaches, ranging from discourse analysis to corpus linguistics. With a particular focus on research methodology, this programme offers an opportunity for investigating language and communication from an interdisciplinary angle.

INTRODUCTION 

This subject introduces the major research traditions and the views of knowledge that underpin them. Current approaches to classroom research are explored, as is the assumption that all observation is selective and culturally constructed. This subject provides a solid base of knowledge and techniques from which to approach your Practicum and Final Project.

ACQUISITION AND LEARNING 

This subject introduces the main models of second language acquisition and explores their implications for classroom teaching. First language acquisition is also considered and parallels are drawn between the two processes. The influence of context on second language acquisition is explored, and you are encouraged to reflect on the factors, which may affect the language acquisition of learners in your particular context.

All classrooms are made up of groups of individuals each with their own life experience, patterns of language, emotional and intellectual development, and learning styles. Recently, research has put increasing emphasis on the role of individual factors in the learner’s language development. This subject looks at the cognitive, affective, physical and psychological factors, which influence the individual’s language learning. Constructs such as intelligence, aptitude, motivation and personality are critically examined.

  • Learning strategies

SOCIAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE 

This subject provides an introduction to the most important current psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic theories. We examine how perceptions towards the nature of learner language have changed over the last few decades. The concept of interlanguage is explored in depth, and research into classroom interaction is critically reviewed. We also look at the role of input in language learning, and the current psycholinguistic notions of ’noticing’ and ’restructuring’ are presented.

All classrooms are made up of groups of individuals each with their own life experience, patterns of language, emotional and intellectual development, and learning styles. Recently, research has put increasing emphasis on the role of individual factors in the learner’s language development. This subject looks at the cognitive, affective, physical and psychological factors, which influence the individual’s language learning. Constructs such as intelligence, aptitude, motivation and personality are critically examined.

SPANISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE 

  1. Grammar for teachers of Spanish as a SL Teaching grammar
  2. Spanish and its varieties
  3. Teaching vocabulary Lexicon 

METHODOLOGY 

  • Methodological foundations

This subject familiarises you with the main methodological approaches in ELT and MFL. Methods such as Grammar-Translation, the Audio-lingual Method and the Direct Method etc. are reviewed historically. Contemporary approaches such as humanistic, communicative, lexical and learner-centred approaches are discussed, and the notion of ‘method’ is analysed in depth.

This subject looks in detail at approaches to the teaching of the macro skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in ELT and MFL. Current views based on recent research into these skills are presented, and the teaching of grammar and vocabulary are also examined. A range of practical classroom activities and teaching techniques for developing learners’ use of the language are evaluated. Learning strategies

This subject includes an examination of EFL and MFL materials (textbooks and supplementary materials) that are currently used in the profession, and explores their strengths and weaknesses in relation to features of context and curricula. Principles of materials evaluation are identified and prioritised. The process of materials design, creation, trial and revision in specific teachings contexts is highlighted.

This subject introduces students to the ways in which computer software can be used to develop learners’ language skills and examines how CALL relates to teaching methodologies. You will be made aware of the issues involved in using computers to assist language learning. You will evaluate software including developments in multimedia software and Internet applications.

This subject presents an approach to teaching structured around tasks and projects. We examine the structure of a learning task, its components, and the effective sequencing of different types of tasks within units of work (’unidades didácticas’). The criteria for the evaluation of tasks are examined, and the current debate on the need for a focus on form in tasks is reviewed. We analyse the implications of task-based teaching for syllabus and curriculum design, specifically in the context of project work.

This subject looks at the purposes which assessment serves and describes current practices and trends in assessment and testing in ELT and MFL. The fundamental principles of testing are examined, and both formal and informal approaches to testing are explored.

This subject looks at models of curriculum and course design, and their planning, implementation and evaluation in a variety of national contexts. Two main paradigms of curricula are presented, and the principles of syllabus design are examined in depth. An outline of the most significant syllabus types is provided.

 

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