Objectives

Students on the Master's Degree in Technology-Mediated Language Teaching and Learning will be able to:

  • Acquire a solid grounding in how technology-mediated language learning takes place and the different factors involved.
  • Identify second language acquisition theories and apply methodological principles to computer-assisted learning contexts.
  • Understand the main teaching methodologies, their evolution and their relation with technology.
  • Design and assess technology-mediated tasks and materials, advocating their use and effectiveness for learning.
  • Analyse the needs of technology-mediated language learners, showing an ability to reflect on the decisions that must be taken.
  • Critically analyse tasks, tools and pedagogical materials that involve the use of technology.
  • Master one or more professional tools for developing computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Identify common problems and difficulties in technology-mediated language teaching and apply the most appropriate problem-solving strategies.
Profiles

The programme trains students to develop a career in the field of technology-mediated language teaching and learning at all educational levels (early childhood, primary, secondary and higher education). In addition to language teachers in public or private schools, the programme also trains students to work in jobs related to online language teaching in the educational, publishing and business sectors: designers of online language learning materials, digital platform editors or consultants for online language learning programmes.

The programme is also addressed to current language teachers who wish to update their knowledge on how to use of emerging technological resources for pedagogical purposes. Likewise, it offers teachers the chance to gain a university qualification in a field with few current training options, but which is increasingly in demand. This qualification can help broaden their professional opportunities.

The programme also includes optional courses on research methods and data analysis for those students interested in research.

Competencies

GENERAL COMPETENCIES

  • Use, compare and relate the different basic theoretical principles and models.
  • Find, process and communicate information in different formats in order to analyse, synthesize and transform it into knowledge.
  • Work collaboratively in a team in an online environment.
  • Apply ethical principles and professional values in teaching activities.
  • Apply the necessary methodological knowledge to address professional or research challenges proficiently.

INTERDISCIPLINARY COMPETENCIES

  • Analyse and interpret academic texts that are specific to the discipline with a view to applying them in teaching or research projects, or convey their content in interactive documents.
  • Use and apply technology effectively in academic and professional contexts, and develop flexible, creative attitudes towards this technology.
  • Articulate knowledge and thought accurately and fluently in complex written texts that are apt for academic and professional contexts.

SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES

  • Identify technological problems and challenges that meet each student's learning needs, bearing in mind their different technological profiles and contexts.
  • Use a broad range of language learning tools effectively and efficiently and be able to adapt to the continual changes in educational technology.
  • Manage and assess critically the effectiveness of existing resources or technologies and their possibilities for language learning in online or hybrid contexts.
  • Design, implement and assess pedagogical interventions for language teaching using technology, taking into account the methods and processes for teaching and assessing language skills.
  • Apply the theoretical principles of pedagogical decision-making in real language online and blended learning contexts. Identify the teacher's functions and role in technology-mediated language teaching, assessing and reflecting on one's own teaching and learning process.
  • Interpret, analyse and communicate the results and implications of the teaching activities or research projects developed.
  • Design digital educational and formative materials using different media and formats.
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