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English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics MA

Coventry University
Program overview
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
English
Start dates
Coventry
September 2022

Coventry
January 2023

Coventry
September 2023

Coventry
January 2024
Coventry University

Program description

English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics MA

This Master’s course aims to provide specialist professional development for English Language Teaching (ELT). It draws on innovative research carried out on the English language by members of the School of Humanities (English language specialists) and focuses on the theory and practice of teaching English in a variety of contexts.

The course offers two pathways: one focusing on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and one focusing on Linguistics and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The course includes a wide variety of assessment tasks and the opportunity for students to select their own dissertation topic on a subject that is relevant to their teaching context.

The course includes the opportunity to take part in study trips.. * In recent years (e.g. 2018 and 2019) we have ran free trips to the London Museums to design language learning tasks based on the artefacts viewed, and to Stratford-upon-Avon to study the impact that Shakespeare’s language has had on modern English. During the optional study trip to Valencia, Spain, we observe English classes taught in three different universities and discuss intercultural and context-specific issues relating to English Language Teaching with our international partners.

Admission requirements

UK students

The course is open to both experienced teachers and to students who have recently graduated. It is suitable for overseas applicants and UK nationals. Graduates from any subject who have an interest in teaching English as a Foreign Language can apply for this course.

This course requirements a minimum grade of 2.2 or above

International students

Grade equivalent to a minimum grade of 2.2 or above and proficiency in English equivalent to 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in writing and at least 5.5 in each component.

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6 in writing and at least 5.5 in each component. Pre-sessional English is available if required. Equivalent qualifications accepted include GCSE Grade C, Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; Certificate of Advanced English Grade A or B.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.


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Program content

Pathway TESOL September Start

September to January

  • Theories and methods of Language Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Language Teaching Materials
  • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

January to May

  • English Language Teaching in Practice
  • Business English
  • Teaching English Through Literature
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

May to September

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

Pathway TESOL January Start

January to May

  • Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Language Teaching Materials
  • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

May to September

  • English Language Teaching in Practice
  • Business English
  • Teaching English Through Literature
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

September to January

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

Pathway Linguistics September Start

September to January

  • Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Language Teaching Materials
  • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

January to May

  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse
  • Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy
  • Understanding Academic English
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

May to September

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

Pathway Linguistics January Start

January to May

  • Theories and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching
  • Developing Language Teaching Materials
  • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice

May to September

  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse
  • Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy
  • Understanding Academic English
  • Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

September to January

  • Dissertation
  • Professional Enhancement: managing the Teaching and Learning Process

Program delivery

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time (UK/EU only)

Tuition fees

  • UK students : £10,400 per year.
  • International students : £16,600 per year.

Qualification

On successful completion of the relevant modules, you should be able to obtain either a Certificate of Higher Education in ELTAL (60 credits), a Diploma of Higher Education in ELTAL (120 credits) or the full MA in ELTAL (180 credits). On successful completion of the TKT test, you will also be able to obtain the TKT vocational qualification.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in ELTAL, you will be able to (both pathways, TESOL and Linguistics):

  • Critically appraise theoretical approaches to language learning and teaching and reflect on how to apply them in their teaching practice in the light of their existing beliefs.
  • Discuss and develop research-informed innovative materials for English Language Teaching that are appropriate for their learning and teaching contexts.
  • Discuss and propose pedagogical interventions for the purpose of teaching grammar and/or phonology in specific contexts.
  • Critically evaluate how teacher education can benefit from an engagement with global online communities of practice and embed innovative e-learning solutions in ELT.

Pathway: TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in ELTAL, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise theoretical approaches to language learning and teaching and reflect on how to apply them in their teaching practice in the light of their existing beliefs.
  • Discuss and develop research-informed innovative materials for English Language Teaching that are appropriate for their learning and teaching contexts.
  • Discuss and propose pedagogical interventions for the purpose of teaching grammar and/or phonology in specific contexts.
  • Critically evaluate how teacher education can benefit from an engagement with global online communities of practice and embed innovative e-learning solutions in ELT.

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in ELTAL (TESOL – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Pathway) you will also be able to:

  • Develop research-informed teaching sessions.
  • Critically reflect on observed teaching practice.
  • Engage in research-informed reflections on the teaching of English through literature and/or business across contexts.
  • Critically evaluate the principles underlying the teaching and learning process with a focus on professional enhancement for effective classroom management.
  • Critically evaluate research methods in applied linguistics and articulate project plans, in the context of ethical and professional frameworks.

On successful completion of the Master’s course you should have further developed knowledge and skills in the above areas and in addition will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate methods and to devise, manage and complete a sustained body of independent work informed by appropriate research/scholarship, to appropriate academic and ethical standards.

Pathway: Linguistics

On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in ELTAL (Linguistics Pathway) you will also be able to:

  • Critically appraise and utilise frameworks for the discourse, genre and register analysis of English as it is spoken and written in diverse communities around the world.
  • Investigate specific methodologies, including those of systemic functional linguistics and corpus linguistics, for the critical analysis of specific varieties of English.
  • Discuss and apply the findings from linguistic analyses to the teaching of English.
  • Critically evaluate the principles underlying the teaching and learning process with a focus on professional enhancement for effective classroom management.
  • Critically evaluate research methods in applied linguistics and articulate project plans, in the context of ethical and professional frameworks.

On successful completion of the MA ELTAL (Linguistics Pathway), you will also be able to:

  • Demonstrate your ability to evaluate methods and to devise, manage and complete a sustained body of independent work informed by appropriate research/scholarship, to appropriate academic and ethical standards.

Career opportunities

In addition to enabling you to learn more about classroom, blended and online teaching and learning, this course will provide you with the chance to develop skills to perform roles such as materials developer, resource manager and examiner. It can also lead to a variety of careers associated with teaching English or the use of English Language, including education management, academic consultancy, journalism, information management and human resources, among others.

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