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PgCertSupporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

Why this course?

This course is designed to provide outstanding opportunities for teachers to develop their professional knowledge and practice to support bilingual learners in the mainstream classroom.

It’s open to qualified teachers as well as allied professional workers such as speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.

It is in line with the most current developments in research, practice, policy and legislation, promoting innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery for bilingual learners. You’ll enhance your knowledge and practice of innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery for bilingual learners.

You’ll enhance your knowledge and practice of innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery for bilingual learners.

This course is part of the Master of Education programme.

Programme leader

Ms Joanna McPake is the course leader.  

You’ll study

You’ll complete three compulsory modules, over the course of one year.

Modules

  • Theories & Policies of Bilingualism & Second Language Acquisition
  • Policy & Practice in Supporting Bilingual Learners 3 to 18
  • Action Research to Effect Change for Bilingual Learners

Course content

Compulsory classes

Theories & Policies of Bilingualism & Second Language Acquisition - January to March

This class equips teachers with the theoretical understanding of bilingualism within the context of the Curriculum for Excellence and the Additional Support for Learning legislation (2004) which emphasises the need to match educational provision to the needs of each individual learner, including bilingual learners.

Upon completing this class, you'll have an understanding of relevant theory to underpin student work on the subsequent modules.

Policy & Practice in Supporting Bilingual Learners 3 to 18 - April to June

This class equips teachers with strategies for support of bilingual learners and aims to ensure that practice is informed by recent, relevant theory and research.

Action Research to Effect Change for Bilingual Learners - August to December

This final class equips teachers with the ability to plan and undertake a small piece of action research to effect change for the bilingual pupils for whom they have responsibility.

Learning & teaching

The course is offered on a part-time basis. Course delivery involves both face-to-face and online learning. The course is not currently available by distance learning. Sessions include lectures, workshop activities and seminar presentations.

Assessment

Each module is assessed throughout the Certificate and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. The modules are assessed in a range of ways:

  • Module 1 – 3,000 word written assignment and peer assessed presentation
  • Module 2 – materials production and two 1,500-word written assignments
  • Module 3 – research diary and written research report

Entry requirements

You're required to be currently working in an educational setting with learners who use more than one language in their everyday lives.

You should have a relevant degree, or equivalent, and, normally, a teaching qualification. You may also be asked to demonstrate your ability to work at postgraduate level.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - PgCert - £1,600

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - PgCert - £3,000

International

  • 2017/18 - PgCert - £4,500

How can I fund my course?

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Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

All teachers must be able to demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately to linguistic differences among pupils. The Additional Support for Learning legislation (2004) emphasises the need to match educational provision to the needs of each individual learner, including bilingual learners.

This course enables teachers to meet these requirements thus enhancing their own practice and improving the learning opportunities of bilingual pupils.

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Supporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (Jan)

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Jan 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Supporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom (Jan)

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Jan 2018, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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