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Education (English Language Teaching) MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2 year part time

  • Starting:

    January

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £7,425 Part Time: £1,235 per 30 credits

  • Fees International:

    International: £13,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


This course is currently suspending applications. The next cohort will be January 2021.

English is a global language used daily in business, education and the media by many people for whom it is a second rather than a ‘native’ language. This course, based in the Faculty of Education and Humanities, has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher of the language. Applying the insights of linguistic research into how English is learned and used in a wide variety of situations, the programme with its practical focus will help you become a resourceful, reflective and confident professional in the field of English language teaching.

Updated 22/07/2020

Highlights


  • Supportive and dedicated teaching staff with industry experience.
  • Eligible for 20% Graduate Discount Scheme.

Course Content


  • This course forms a pathway within the MA Education. To be awarded the qualification MA Education (English Language Teaching) you will need to successfully complete four 30 credit modules plus a 60 credit dissertation. You should take at least three of the modules described below, namely EDUM133, EDUM134, EDUM135 and EDUM136. Each of these modules is also open to you if you have a particular interest in the subject but do not want to follow the complete pathway.

      • Module code: EDUM077
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to prepare students to undertake dissertation research. It introduces key methodological concepts alongside methods of data collection and analysis. It enables discussion regarding: data collection techniques different models of education research formulating a research focus and exploring methodological concepts.
      • Module code: EDUM079
        Status: Designate
        This module provides an opportunity for students to engage in completing an original research project under the guidance of a supervisor. When the student is studying on a named pathway or programme this research thesis will be aligned to that field of study.
      • Module code: EDUM100
        Status: Designate
        This module provides an opportunity for students to engage in completing an original research project supported by structured research training under the guidance of a supervisor. When the student is studying on a named pathway or programme this research thesis will be aligned to that field of study.
      • Module code: EDUM133
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ?To critically analyse the role of theories employed in the analysis of spoken and written discourse; including Systemic Functional Linguistics Critical Discourse Analysis Multi-Modal analysis Pragmatics/ Speech Act Theory Sociolinguistics and Genre Studies.
      • Module code: EDUM134
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to examine the development of theories of second language acquisition (SLA) focusing on the linguistic psychological and social processes underlying SLA in a range of contexts. To consider how evolving research into learner differences types of motivation and interlanguages has influenced language teaching.
      • Module code: EDUM135
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is to:This module will help students develop those key skills required for the effective teaching of the four language skills: speaking listening reading writing. Enhancing these skills will involve a focus on phonetics/phonology; the grammar of spoken discourse; different reading strategies and on developing an awareness of different discourse genres.
      • Module code: EDUM136
        Status: Designate
        The purpose of this module is ?To introduce students to the key concepts issues and methods of language testing drawing attention to the principles that underpin different testing/evaluation systems and the way these impact on students and educational institutions.
  • How will I learn?

    All of the modules on the pathway are mainly taught through seminars and workshops. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables you to engage in discussion and debate. Seminars are topic-based and will focus on critical engagement with readings suggested by tutors. In addition, each module leader will hold a series of individual tutorials with you to support your progress and work on particular assignments.

    How will I be assessed?

    There are no examinations. The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Participants will complete a final project/dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor for the MA Education (English Language Teaching).

    What will my schedule look like?

    The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means that you will typically attend classes for six hours per week if you are studying full-time, although this may vary depending on the modules you have taken. If you are a full-time student you will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. If you are a part-time student, taking the course over three years, you will be expected to complete eight hours a week of private study and research. Please note that this work is not consistently spread across the year and at some points throughout the year you may be working considerably more hours in a week.

    You will also have the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.

  • If you have a first or second class (2.1) undergraduate degree. You will be interviewed (via Skype, when appropriate) prior to acceptance on the course.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £7,425
    Part Time: £1,235 per 30 credits

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 20/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan Student Finance England.

    Please note to be eligible for a postgraduate loan for this course you must be studying the full 180 credits.

    If you have previously studied a PGCE and have APL modules you will not qualify for a loan from Student Finance England.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2020. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £1,125 per 30 credits

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 20/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan Student Finance England.

    Please note to be eligible for a postgraduate loan for this course you must be studying the full 180 credits.

    If you have previously studied a PGCE and have APL modules you will not qualify for a loan from Student Finance England.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £1,125 per 30 credits

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

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Careers and Employability


Graduates should be able to seek employment opportunities in a wide variety of areas including:

  • English language teaching in any education sector (this may depend on having fulfilled primary teaching qualifications in the countries in which you choose to work as the MA would not be a substitute for such qualifications)
  • teacher training
  • testing: both in supporting existing testing programmes and developing programmes in companies developing and implementing communication skills training
  • continued academic research in areas of interest developed as a consequence of involvement in this course
  • in companies developing and implementing communication skills training