The University of Sheffield
English Language Teaching Centre

ELT5331 - English Language and Culture (Technology) 10 CREDITS

What is ‘English Language and Culture (Technology)’?

`English Language and Culture (Technology)' is a language module offered by the ELTC using the medium of technology for language improvement. The module includes the improvement of English language skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, as well as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

The module will be working towards the outcomes of:

-the linguistic study of the genres associated with technology, like web-based media, wikis, blogs as well as chatrooms, texting and social networking.
-the encouragement of language learning through the themes and issues raised in the use of the technologies and how they can be used for language learning and practise.
-to facilitate the improvement of discussion, digital literacy and online writing skills.
-to investigate, present and discuss a specific area of technological and linguistic interest of each student.
-to allow the extension of the range of vocabulary, genre and structure of English, in particular in the area of issues and themes raised in the technology studies, together with the language used in the various digital genres.

Who is it for?

You should be an ERASMUS, Study Abroad or Visiting Student student whose first language is not English. However, you should have an English level of at least 6.5 in IELTS, CAE (C), TOEFL IBT 91, CEF low C1 or equivalent. Those without a current language level score in a recognised exam can be given a placement test from the English Language Teaching Centre. Priority for places will be given to those students who have English as a major subject in their home institution.

What does it involve?

The seminars will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language. Students will fully exploit a range of technologies for language learning. A range of experiential experiences of reading and writing in a range of online genres will aid the later production of the 1500-word project. Seminars will facilitate the practise of presentation, discussion skills with associated lexis, structures and phonology need to complete the tasks in the classroom as well as for the formal assessment project and presentation. A comprehensive online and mobile learning environment will be created and used to explore the range of technologies so that students can analyse the linguistic and cultural aspects to inform their assessments and overall understanding of the English language in this genre.The classes will use a communicative approach to language teaching and encourage students to fully participate in the English language.

When can I take it?

The module can be taken in semester two. There will be 12 classes of 2 hours each.

How is it assessed?

The assessment has three parts:

1) Written Project (50%) - 1500-words of blog, wiki or other relevant web-based genre discussing/evaluating/criticising an area of technology and/or digital literacy.
2) Speaking Assessment (20%) - Spoken competency will be assessed during a web-based presentation (10 mins) on a technology/digital genre studied on the course, this will also include 40 minutes of seminar debate and discussion in a web-based forum.
3) Seminar Contributions (30%) - an overall assessment of the student's online and seminar contributions over the 12 weeks.

Please note: apart from these formal assessments, students will be expected to spend some time outside class reading and answering questions in preparation for class-work.