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quarta-feira, 20 de agosto de 2014

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching.

An introduction to some key concepts in the effective teaching and learning of languages.


The ability to produce language is a defining characteristic of human beings. We live in a vibrant multilingual world, with language all around us. We deal with many languages daily. We speak in our native tongue, and use and listen to second languages.

But what is language? How do we learn meaning in a new language? What is easy and hard about learning another language? What do we know about effective teaching for language learning?

This free online course from the University of Southampton and the British Council will ask these questions and suggest some answers. You’ll find out what makes the teaching and learning of a language effective.

The course takes place over four weeks. It will introduce you to some of the latest ideas in research and practice in language learning and teaching. We will:
  • Explore second language learning and what it means to learn language
  • Consider language classrooms and how teaching affects our language learning
  • Look at the use of technology in teaching, and its benefits and challenges for language learning.
Finally, we will investigate the case of English – the most widely learnt and taught language in the world. How has English achieved this position? What are the implications of the spread of English for policy, teaching and other languages?

The course includes quizzes, activities, discussions and videos filmed around the world. The videos feature experts such as British Council teachers, and staff and students at the University of Southampton.

During the course, you will hear different voices sharing their ideas and opinions – and we want to hear yours too. How do you use language in YOUR life? What is YOUR experience of language learning and teaching? Join us – to discuss effective language learning and teaching.

The course will give you a taster of some of the ideas covered in the MA in English Language Teaching – a joint online course from the British Council and University of Southampton which offers postgraduate study in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching.

If you would like to join in and contribute to conversations about this course on social media, use the hashtag #FLLanguage and follow our Twitter account @UoS_FLLanguage.

This course will give you the opportunity to buy a Statement of Participation.


This course is aimed at graduates with an interest in the development of languages and language teaching. However, no prior knowledge is required to take part in the course and we welcome anyone who is curious to know more about language learning and teaching.

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