Postgraduate taught 

TESOL: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages MSc

Language Learning for Children with English as an Additional Language EDUC51054

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to provide practising teachers with an overview of current policy and practice in the area of working with children who are learning English as an additional language in both national and international contexts with a significant element of the course focusing on the development of the children's subject literacies.


Blended learning


2 Saturday session 3hrs each

5 2 hr twilight sessions

4 hrs online

Excluded Courses





Part 1 (1000 words) 25%

The students will select 3-4 texts that could be used to develop a unit of learning. One of the texts may be an multimodal (illustration/artefact). They will write a 1000-word rationale for their choice of texts and their suitability for the EAL learners in their chosen context. (LO3, LO4).

Part 2 (3,000) 75%

Students will write a critical review of how they would use these texts to develop a unit of learning (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

Course Aims

This course will provide students with opportunities to:


Examine in detail how children develop and acquire additional languages including subject specific languages.


Demonstrate awareness of how theories of language learning influence language development and acquisition in the family, school and wider community.


Embedded within this module will be opportunities to:


Examine and critique case studies of children learning an additional language in a variety of contexts


Complete an enquiry that links language learning theory and classroom pedagogy.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of how children develop and acquire a first and additional language in home and school environments from social and cognitive perspectives


LO2 Apply knowledge in order to challenge and expand their own values and attitudes towards children learning English as an additional language through classroom-based enquiry and critical reflection.


LO3 Demonstrate an understanding of the demands of general pedagogical discourse and subject-specific discourses through exploration and analysis of authentic classroom discourse


LO4 Critically evaluate and reflect upon children's experiences of additional language in relation to language learning theory and developing classroom pedagogies.


LO5 Demonstrate an understanding of and concern for the local and global dimensions that impact on children as additional language learners in relation to issues of diversity, equality, health and well-being and social justice through a variety of different media.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.