Research course

Online and Distance Language Teaching and Learning

Institution
Open University · Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies
Qualifications
PhDEdD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 or (equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

Language learning is a key topic in the Language and Literacies Research Cluster. In today’s globalised world, language learning and teaching is of increasing importance. In this area, a range of methodologies are applied to researching the teaching and learning of languages including the use of large multimodal corpora, sociocultural approaches and digitally mediated communication. Key projects include: developing online teaching skills and telecollaboration in Higher Education, effective e-feedback, the use of social media, and eyetracking (a technology recording the gaze focus of learners during online tasks to establish attention focus and learning strategies).

Potential research projects

  • The application of new technologies to language learning and teaching
  • The professional development of language teachers
  • Translation and first language use in language teaching
  • Language learner and teacher identity/identities
  • Multilingualism and third-language learning
  • Independent language learning and learner autonomy
  • Culture and language learning
  • Interaction and collaboration in language learning
  • Task design
  • Assessment, feedback and self-assessment
  • The role of emotions in speaking online
  • Strategies in language learning
  • Multimodal analysis of online language learning interactions

Current/recent research projects

  • A study of an online reading group: English language teachers’ perceptions of the roles of reading and discussing literature in English in the construction of their professional identity
  • Impact on the knowledge construction process of multimodal online interactions in audiographic conferencing systems: the case of adult distance learners of French
  • Emotion in online distance language learning: learners’ appraisal of regret and pride in synchronous audiographic conferencing
  • Social presence in online multimodal communication: a framework to analyse online interactions between language learners
  • Living Latin: exploring a communicative approach to Latin teaching through a sociocultural perspective on language learning

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- The application of new technologies to language learning and teaching - The professional development of language teachers - Translation and first language use in language teaching - Language learner and teacher identity/identities - Multilingualism and third-language learning - Independent language learning and learner autonomy - Culture and language learning - Interaction and collaboration in language learning - Task design - Assessment, feedback and self-assessment - The role of emotions in speaking online - Strategies in language learning - Multimodal analysis of online language learning interactions

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
48 months
part time
72 months

EdD

part time
42 months

Course contact details

Name
Mrs Anne Foward
Email
creet-student-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 655364