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PgCertSupporting Bilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom

Why this course?

This is a part-time accredited specialist course for all teachers working with bilingual learners. It’s open to qualified teachers as well as allied professional workers such as speech and language therapists and educational psychologists.

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.

You’ll study

You’ll complete three compulsory modules, a maximum of two per year. Modules must be taken in sequence.

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

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

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

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 over two years, with flexible delivery options available in terms of time and venue. It's not currently available by distance learning.

The course is delivered by a team of experts from the School of Education who have both teaching and research experience in the area of support for bilingual learners.

Sessions include lectures, workshop activity, seminar presentations and guest speakers.

Assessment

Each module is assessed throughout the Certificate and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Students are normally expected to have passed the assignment for each module prior to undertaking the next. 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

A relevant degree, or equivalent, and normally a teaching qualification.

You may also be asked to demonstrate your ability to work at postgraduate level. You’re required to be currently working in an educational setting with learners who use more than one language in their everyday lives.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

Scotland/EU/Rest of UK

  • 2016/17 - PgCert - £1,200, each 20-credit course costs £400

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

Qualification: PG Certificate, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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