Aims/Description: This module explores different perspectives on the relationship between research and educational policy in relation to the teaching and learning of language and considers how research might meaningfully contribute to current policy debates in educational contexts. Contemporary language education theory will be used to support critical examination of these issues and students are asked to reflect on their own professional and policy contexts in relation to these debates. Key areas that will be considered will change according to the current policy context at the time of the teaching of the module, but could include: converging and diverging issues for English Language Teaching/Modern Foreign Language professionals in a range of educational and geographical contexts; exploring innovative practices within Language education, including learner autonomy, self access, distance learning, use of new technologies, collaborative learning and classroom based practice; critical debates around methodology and pedagogy; the language planning, policy and diversity interface; and contemporary issues and debates in interculturality, multilingualism/plurilingualism, and their interrelationships with curricula and assessment.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students on EdD Language Learning & Teaching programme in Dept of Educational Studies.

Staff Contact: Dr David Hyatt
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Education):

Departmental Home Page
Teaching timetable


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

URLs used in these pages are subject to year-on-year change. For this reason we recommend that you do not bookmark these pages or set them as favourites.

Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK