This module enables you to make your own contribution to the field of materials development. You will do this by developing your critical awareness of language acquisition and pedagogy at a theoretical and practical level and the criteria for evaluation and adaptation of language learning materials. You will investigate different aspects of materials development and work both independently and in a team to produce a variety of language learning materials, justifying their principles, objectives and procedures.

This module carries 30 credits.

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" The course progressed logically and extremely thoroughly. I feel I am up to date with the very latest in materials design ideas. "

Gerald - 2019

Is this course for you?

 
Location: Online
 
Experience: Degree. language teaching experience
 
Language Level: B2/C1 or higher
 
Course dates:
17 January - 23 March 2022
11 April - 15 June 2022
19 September - 23 November 2022
 
Certification:
Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester
 
Course Length: 8 weeks (+ 1 week break)
 
Course fees: £1150
 
Minimum age: 18
 
Max class size: 16
 
Tutor-led and highly interactive
 
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
 
Specialist ELT eLibrary
 
Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content

 
The theories of language acquisition and language pedagogy which are potentially applicable to materials development
 
How to develop and apply principled criteria for the evaluation and adaptation of language learning materials
 
The different aspects of materials development (e.g. text selection and exploitation; the writing of instructions; the use of illustrations; the design and layout of a unit etc)
 
How to work both independently and in a team to produce a variety of different types of effective language learning materials
 
How to justify the principles, objectives and procedures of materials which you produce
 
How to make your own contribution to the field of materials development

Assessment (written after completion of the course and supervised at distance by tutors):

Assignment 1 (50%):

A criterion-referenced evaluation of two comparable units of materials in relation to a specified context and a principled adaptation of one of these units for the same context.

Assignment 2 (50%):

The production of a unit of materials together with a theoretical rationale justifying and exemplifying the principles and procedures of the materials.

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Owain - 2019

" It was intensive but what a fantastic learning curve. The course provided a very structured way of learning. "

Bina - 2018

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

Course Leader

Johanna Stirling

Johanna is responsible for coordinating and developing all academic aspects of NILE Online.

She is a NILE Associate Trainer who teaches, trains teachers, writes materials and gives presentations about English language teaching. She has written teaching materials for Cambridge University Press and self-published Teaching Spelling to English Language Learners (British Council Award for ELT Writing – Special Commendation and nominated for an ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources).

Her professional special interests are teaching spelling, materials development, ICT and working with teachers. To find out more see her website, The English Language Garden and The Spelling Blog


Available dates:

Course dates Location Course length
11 April - 15 June 2022 Online 8 weeks
19 September - 23 November 2022 Online 8 weeks