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682314S Language Learning and New Technologies, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 682314S  Validity 01.08.2005 -
Name Language Learning and New Technologies  Abbreviation New Technol. 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline1101 English 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Humanities 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 135 hours of work

Language of instruction 



The course is held in the  spring  term 2017, during periods III and IV.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course students will be able to

  • display an understanding of technological development and its consequences for language education
  • display an understanding of when and how language learning can be advanced in pedagogically sound ways using new technologies
  • design and implement technology-supported language learning projects for different participants
  • engage their learners in designing futures for language learning in technology-rich everyday life

Students will explore the affordances and constraints of new technologies for language learning from the perspectives of the current situation and the developments ahead. The course will proceed through a problem-based approach from background study to designing and implementing a language learning project or intervention for schools or other partners. On the basis of the background work and their experiences from the learning project students will develop their professional expertise further to anticipate the emerging needs of language education and take an active role in its development.

Mode of delivery 

Lectures and workshops 20 h; collaborative work in teams 70 h; independent study 45 h; Online work is an important part of the course.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Variable problem-based learning activities and teaching methods are used. The course is tied around a language learning project or intervention through modern ICT that the students prepare and implement with one or more groups of language learners.

Target group 

Master’s-level students of English Philology

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Language and Learning, Language Teacher Workshop or Learning in Everyday Environments recommended

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.

Recommended or required reading 

Selected readings to be agreed with the course teacher(s).

Assessment methods and criteria 

Active participation in course work (e.g. background study and the design, implementation and evaluation of the learning project) and reflection on learning (documentation and assessment criteria to be agreed with the participants). Information on exams and alternative methods for taking courses can be found on the English Philology website. Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course utilises a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail

Person responsible 

Leena Kuure (University Lecturer)

Working life cooperation 


Other information 

The course is elective in the Advanced Studies of English Philology


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