Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

University of Southampton and British Council

This online course introduced some of the latest ideas in research and practice in language learning and teaching.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week


Darren Paffey

Lecturer in Spanish and Linguistics

University of Southampton

Sara Pierson

Head of English for Education Systems

British Council


Learning outcomes

  • Reflect on the nature of language acquisition, and your personal place in that spectrum
  • Identify ideas around the notion of ‘meaning’ in second language acquisition, and how we convey/appreciate meaning
  • Explore aspects of what is hard and what is easy in second language acquisition
  • Discuss the nature and diversity of language learning classrooms and how this might impact on the teaching and learning of languages
  • Develop an awareness of some current approaches to language teaching in the classroom
  • Engage with other learners' experiences of language teaching and learning
  • Evaluate how online learning and teaching differs from face-to-face teaching
  • Develop an understanding of how technology can support the learning and teaching of languages
  • Identify some key skills in the moderation of online language courses
  • Assess the use of social media in language learning and teaching
  • Reflect upon the use of English as a global lingua franca and how it fits with their own language context
  • Develop an understanding of the social and political factors involved in the historical and current spread of English
  • Debate the implications of the impact of global English for language policy and teaching


  • The nature of language and language learning including discussion of what is hard and easy in second language acquisition
  • Language teaching in the classroom including consideration of classrooms as communities of practice and theories about effective classroom pedagogy
  • Consideration of two case studies in current teaching practice: task-based language teaching (TBLT) and content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
  • Technology in language learning and teaching and the changing role of teacher and learner
  • Online versus face-to-face language learning
  • The use of English as a global language or lingua franca
  • The historical spread of English and implications for language policy and teaching
  • Definitions of English as a lingua franca (ELF), the scale of ELF use and its pros and cons
  • Exploration of the work of Global Englishes researchers and invitation to join in with a research project.

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching

University of Southampton