Information about courses offered by The University of Canterbury College of Education:

7 November 2014

Note: The first course listed below, EDEM681 Learning & Teaching Languages is an online summer course, starting on 17 November 2014.

We have developed a suite of five 30-credit 0.25 EFTS online courses in the area of Learning & Teaching Languages. They are postgraduate courses, at NZQF Level 8 or 9 and can be combined in various ways to lead to a Master of Education (MEd), a Master of Computer Assisted Language Learning (MCALL), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education endorsed in Teaching and Learning Languages (PGDipEd(TLL)) or, from 2016, to a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for the 21st Century – (MTESOL21, subject to CUAP approval). The courses are listed below in order of when they next run. Click on the course code for more information about each course:
EDEM681 Learning & Teaching Languages (Level 8). 17 November 2014 - 22 February 2015.This course gives a comprehensive overview of current thinking about instructed language learning and how to plan for research-informed language learning for a variety of settings and learners.
EDEM631 Foundations of Language Acquisition & Learning (Level 8). 13 July 2015 - 15 November 2015. This course extends the professional knowledge-base of educational professionals through the examination of the main theories of first and second language acquisition, examining the linguistic, psychological and social processes that underlie language(s) learning and use.
EDEM633 Foundations of Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Level 8). 13 July 2015 - 15 November 2015. About the history and development of technology-enhanced language learning and students learn about the affordances and constraints of a wide variety of digital tools and materials and how they can be used in a pedagogically appropriate way to enhance language learning as well as creating materials for technology-enhanced language learning in a particular context.
EDMM633 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Level 9). 16 November 2015 – 14 February 2016. Current issues in technology-enhanced language learning research, including but not limited to gaming in language learning, teacher education for technology-enhanced language learning, corpora in language learning, technology enhanced language assessment and the flipped language classroom, digital materials and tools for language learning.
EDMM632 Issues in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning (Level 9).  February – June 2016. Students investigate and critically analyse problematic or controversial aspects of language acquisition and learning research and consider their relevance to practices and problems in a particular educational setting.
MCALL The 180-point Master of Computer-Assisted Language Learning programme can be studied full time for 12 months, or part time for up to four years. It includes courses EDEM631, EDEM633, EDMM633 and EDMM632 as well as EDEM627 e-Learning and Pedagogy: Effective Strategies for the Classroom (Level 8)  as core courses, with a sixth course that can be chosen from a range of options, including EDEM681. MCALL students will learn about the history and current state of technology-enhanced language learning and teaching and critically evaluate the body of research that has investigated this important shift in the way we can learn, teach and use languages. Students of this programme will learn about the design and implementation of technology-enhanced language learning materials and the critical use of tools in a variety of language learning settings, including international languages, ESOL, heritage and first language maintenance and development, and indigenous language revitalisation. They will understand the benefits and constraints of digital tools and materials for language learning, and will command a range of language learning activities, lessons, units and courses, including the appropriate use of technologies in a wide variety of educational settings from early childhood to tertiary, as well as in less formal contexts.
MTESOL21 This is another 180-point Master, this time a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for the 21st Century. Still pretty much under wraps, but it will include courses EDEM631, EDED633, EDMM632 and EDEM681 as well as two new courses from the Department of Linguistics,  in English Structures and World Englishes. We hope to be able to offer this programme starting in July 2016.

More information
Course and Programme Coordinator

Associate Professor Una Cunningham
Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 44192

Information about Ministry scholarships to complete TESSOL qualifications:

2 September 2014

TESSOL Tuition Fees Scholarships
TESSOL Tuition Fees Scholarships will be once again available for teachers to study towards a TESSOL qualification at the University of Auckland, the Waikato Institute of Technology, Massey University, Victoria University and the University of Canterbury.

Teachers must have at least two years' teaching experience, be permanently employed at a school, and have New Zealand residency and New Zealand teacher registration.

Mainstream teachers as well as ESOL specialists are encouraged to apply, and many schools have more than one teacher completing TESSOL studies at any one time. Each teacher receiving a scholarship is funded to complete two to five core papers (depending on the course) over two years. The scholarship includes the cost of course fees for each paper and $100 for books.

Some feedback from principals of previous participants:
"As we have students from a range of ethnicities, learning about current practices is beneficial to the teachers studying and those with whom they share their learning. The scholarship is very timely as we are looking closely at our ESOL practices and always believe it is important to make informed decisions."
"This is an excellent qualification for teachers. The personal growth is significant and the spinoff for the school considerable. I am totally supportive of this scholarship."
"All of our teachers can benefit from this TESSOL qualification, and it is important to our school that we continue to train teachers to support the many ELLs in our classrooms."

Information packs and application forms are sent to state and state integrated schools with ESOL funded and international fee-paying students by the first week of Term 4. The closing date for the 2015 scholarship applications is 28 October 2014.

The new 2015 application forms will be available on the TESSOL page on the ministry website by October.

Contact details:
Richard von Sturmer
ESOL Advisory Officer
National Migrant and Refugee Education Team
Private Bag 92644
Symonds Street
Auckland 1150
tel: (09) 632-9353
fax: (09) 632-9461

Susan Gamble
Manager ESOL, Migrant, Refugee and International Education

Level 3, Eden 5 Building, 12-18 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024

Private Bag 92644, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
‪tel: 09 632 9354,   027 240 2761