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New Technologies in Language Learning

Module titleNew Technologies in Language Learning
Module codeEFPM309
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Professor Li Li (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

Variable to suit flexible delivery modes

Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module considers the theoretical perspective and practical application of new technological tools in language education. By examining cases of how technologies are implemented in teaching language knowledge and skills, you will be able to develop knowledge of the affordances of technology in second language learning. You also have opportunities to enhance your technology competence and confidence by exploring how different tools and apps work, and to gain  hands-on experience of designing, using, evaluating and contextualising new technologies in different learning contexts to address teaching objectives. There is also an opportunity for you to engage in teaching practice (with peers).

This is an optional module with no pre-requisite or co-requisite modules.  No specific knowledge and skills are required.

Module aims - intentions of the module

  • to introduce and critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies in language learning;
  • to introduce you to appropriate web authoring packages for the development technology-supported materials; and
  • to equip you with an understanding of how technologies can be used in language teaching and learning
  • to critically evaluate and design learning activities using technological tools and applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of how technologies can facilitate language learning;
  • 2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current problems of and new insights of technology supported language learning in relation to second language acquisition research;
  • 3. Demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understand of how theories of technology in education are used in developing language learning materials.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Recognise core issues in using technologies in learning;
  • 5. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of evaluating critically current research and advanced scholarship in technology use in language teaching and learning;
  • 6. Exploit and evaluate case studies for models / approaches of using technology in language teaching;
  • 7. Work with technologies actively and effectively.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Engage in independent study and group/pair work to demonstrate self-direction and originality in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level;
  • 9. Advance their knowledge and understanding and develop new skills to a high level;
  • 10. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and thoughtful sample of teaching material applied to specific professional and cultural situations;
  • 11. Analyse critically relevant academic literature and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • A critical review of the technologies in language learning in relation to second language learning theories.
  • Technology for SLA
  • Technology for interactional skills
  • Technology-enhanced reading and writing
  • Technology for assessment
  • Teaching practice
  • Evaluating e-learning materials

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Learning and Teaching Activities10Lectures
Learning and Teaching Activities4Seminars
Learning and Teaching Activities1Tutorials
Guided Independent Study20Directed reading
Guided Independent Study75Self-study
Guided Independent Study35Assignment preparation
Guided Independent Study5Moderated peer discussion


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Peer teaching using technology1x 15 minute teaching session 3, 6-8, 10-11Oral feedback from peers and tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignment - Evaluation of the material you have developed and taught in teaching or detailed discussion of application of one type of technology in their teaching context. It should be accompanied by reference to the academic literature.7025001-5, 7-11 Written feedback from tutor
Group blog 306 entries (6 x 300 words)1-11Rubric


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
AssignmentResubmission of the assignment1-5, 7-11 Within 6 weeks of referral, see reassessment notes.
Group Blog10 minute presentation outlining your contributions to the group work1-11Within 6 weeks of referral

Re-assessment notes

The resubmission is the same as the original assignment outlined above.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Blake, R. J. & Chun, D. M. (2008). Brave new digital classroom: Technology and foreign language learning. Georgetown University Press. 

Carrier, M., Damerow, R. M. and Bailey, K (2017) Digital Language Learning and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Practice. Routledge.

Chapelle, C. & Jamieson, J. (2008). Tips for teaching CALL. Pearson ESL. 

Dudeney, G. (2007). The Internet and the language classroom (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 

Farr, F. & Murray, L. (2014). The Routledge Handbook of Language Learning and Technology. Routledge.

Fotos, S. & Browne, C. M. (Eds.) (2004). New perspectives on CALL for second language classrooms. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 

Lamy M. & Zourou, K. (2013) Social Networking for Language Education. Palgrave.

Levy, M. J. & Stockwell, G. (2006). Call dimensions: Options and issues in computer assisted language learning. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 

Li, L. (2017). New Technologies and Language Learning. Palgrave.

Munoz-Luna, R. & Taillefer, L. (2018). Integrating Information and Communication Technologies in English for Specific Purposes. Springer.

Pegrum, M. (2014). Mobile Learning. Palgrave.

Sharma, P. & Barrett, B. (2007). Blended Learning. London: Macmillan. 

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources




Language Learning and Technology

Computes and Education




Key words search

TESOL, New Technologies, CALL

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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