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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.
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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.
Course modules (17/18)
Understanding Language in Use: Approaches to the Analysis of Discourse
- Module code: EDUM133
- Core module Y
This module is an introduction to ways of analysing language in use that have been developed in various fields of language studies - including Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Speech Act Theory, Sociolinguistics and Genre Studies. Focusing on language as it is used in social interaction, this module will show students how the different forms of analysis developed in these branches of linguistics can be applied in understanding specific spoken or written discourses. It is intended that this module will establish a theoretical and analytical framework that students will be able to exploit in critiquing and designing learning materials.
English Language Teaching in Practice
- Module code: EDUM135
- Core module N
This module will help students develop key skills required for the effective teaching of the four skills. 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. Students will be encouraged to recognise the distinguishing features of a range of different writing types and their application. Students should be able to apply the skills in the design and delivery of learning tasks, and will be asked to reflect on their effectiveness following teaching practice and peer group teaching sessions.
Classroom Language Assessment and Test Construction
- Module code: EDUM136
- Core module N
This module aims to familiarize students with 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
Approaches to Language Learning – Theory and Method
- Module code: EDUM134
- Core module N
This module will examine the foundation and development of theories of second language acquisition (SLA), particularly focusing on those that seek to understand the linguistic, psychological and social processes underlying second language acquisition in a range of contexts or situations. This module will consider how evolving research into learner differences, types of motivation and interlanguages have influenced the theories, approaches and practices underpinning language teaching.
Methods of Learning
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.
This course can be studied full-time over a year or part-time over three years.
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 Education and Humanities.
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).
Facilities and Special Features
You will have the opportunity to plan and teach a number of lessons.
Here are some readings that may stimulate your interest in the subjects covered in the modules:
EDUM133 Understanding Language in Use:
- Partridge, B (2012) Discourse Analysis: An Introduction London: Bloomsbury
- Dee, J.P. (2014) How to do Discourse Analysis: A Toolkit Oxon: Routledge
- Cameron, D. (2001) Working with Spoken Discourse London: Sage
EDUM134 Approaches to Language Learning – Theory and Methods:
- Saville-Troike (2006) Introducing Second Language Acquisition New York: Cambridge
- Chomsky, N (2007) On Language New York: New Press
- Tomasello, M (2005) Constructing a Language: A Usage Based Theory of Language Acquisition Harvard: Harvard University Press
- Hummel, K. M (2014) Introducing Second Language Acquisition Wiley: Blackwell
EDUM135 English Language Teaching in Practice:
- Hall, G. (2011) Exploring English Language Teaching: Language in Action London: Routledge
- Harmer, J. (2015) The Practice of English Language Teaching. 5th ed. Pearson: Longman
- McGrath, I. (2013) Teaching Materials and the Roles of EFL/ESL Teachers Bloomsbury
EDUM136 Classroom Language Assessment and Test Construction:
- Brown, H. D. and Abeywickrama, P. (2010) Language assessment: Principles and classroom practices. New York: Pearson Education
- Fulcher, G. (2010) Practical Language Testing. London: Routledge
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
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
If you have a first or second class (2.1) undergraduate degree and an IELTS level of at least 6.5 then you are eligible to apply for this course. You will be interviewed (via Skype, when appropriate) prior to acceptance on the course.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,100 per 30 credit module|
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018/19 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.