This programme is designed for both graduates with teaching experience and practising language teachers and trainers who wish to build a career in modern languages and English as a Foreign Language (EFL). It enables students to make an effective contribution to language learning in their organisation through research, development and the application of newly acquired knowledge, and enhance career prospects in further and higher education.
Students are introduced to a wide range of research in applied languages, in particular, those research activities and themes that affect the language-learning environment, including second language acquisition and communicative language teaching.
Students also explore research in language learning in relation to the practical learning environment. They acquire the skills to write and use computer-aided language learning tools and conduct a research project in language learning and language teaching.
The aims of the programme are:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are assessed through essays and a dissertation.
Graduates can become teachers of languages in schools, colleges or universities, or manage a department of languages.
If you want to teach English internationally to non native speakers this Master's level qualification is the top level teaching qualification to open doors for you overseas.
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is one of the most internationally recognised and sought after qualifications in the world. At Aberdeen you are able to study it to Master's level to ensure you can work anywhere in the world. You gain experiential teaching experience to develop deep understanding of language, teaching methods and assessment. You will be surprised at just how many places in the world need English Language teachers. English is the language of business and you can look at employment options within large scale businesses and training institutions in most major towns and cities in the world. TESOL is also taught widely in the UK. You can also consider teaching positions as a native English teacher as a TESOL Centre Director and a specialist.
You will be able to teach English well with an internationally recognised qualification to give you practical skills, linguistics and choice. In your first semester you look at second language acquisition theory and practise and research. In your second year you look at TESOL methodology, peer teaching, difference in second language acquisition, advanced English structure and varieties of English.
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Combine a solid theoretical basis in Language for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing with challenging opportunities to design language courses and practise your coaching skills.
There’s an increasing demand for language and communication trainers and coaches: business people, pilots, politicians, hospital porters, teachers, hotel staff, academics, cab drivers, athletes, doctors, office workers, tour guides, lawyers, catering staff, nurses, practically everybody needs to use English in their jobs. The Master’s specialisation in Language and Communication Coaching offers you a thorough academic grounding to pursue a career as a language and communication coach who can quickly and effectively meet the training needs of a wide variety of clients.
The specialisation offers a unique and rigorous programme combining a solid theoretical basis in Language for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing with challenging opportunities to design language courses and practise your training and coaching skills. You’ll also get some practical, hands-on training and coaching experience in the form of peer teaching and an internship at a language institute.
Linguistics research at Radboud University was recently rated number 1 in the world wide university ranking. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes annual rankings of the best universities world wide. Withing the subject field of Linguistics, our research topped the list. Research and education are closely intertwined in Nijmegen: in lectures and through research internships and assignments, students become familiar with the latest developments in linguistics research.
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/language
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or related area
In order to get admission to this Master's you’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in specific language, like German, Dutch and such, or with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Sciences can also apply, provided they took at least 60 ECTS worth of courses in the field of linguistics.
2. Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
Graduates of the Language and Communication Coaching Master’s will be able to deliver a wide range of language and communication services: language teaching, text consultancy, in-service training, development of course and test materials, language policy and communication advice.
Graduates could work as:
Teacher in the Netherlands
Want to become an English teacher in secondary or further education? After completing your Master's you can get your ‘eerstegraads bevoegdheid’ to become a teacher in the Netherlands (leraar Engels). With this degree, you can teach the higher grades of secondary school in the Netherlands (HAVO and VWO). The combination of the specialisation in Language and Communication Coaching and the ‘eerstegraads bevoegdheid’ will make you a particularly attractive candidate for Universities of Applied Science (HBO).
See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/language
There is an increasing demand for teachers of English worldwide, and the sector is no longer dominated by native English speaking teachers. The MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching programme is aimed at students with little or no teaching experience, who want to improve their understanding of linguistics as applied to English Language teaching.
This programme will enable you to join the English language teaching community around the world in higher education, in private language schools and colleges, and, with an appropriate teaching qualification (dependent upon the regulations of the country in which you wish to teach), you may also be able teach in state schools.
On this MA programme, you will learn the basic methods and theories of language teaching and language learning, which will provide a base from which you can then specialise in a number of areas according to your interests: optional modules allow you to specialise in curriculum design and materials evaluation, to focus on educational technologies and software, to explore the teaching of English in professional and academic contexts, or, for those with a non-language undergraduate degree, to work on some of the fundamentals of English language, grammar and vocabulary.
- You will be encouraged to reflect on language learning strategies, in a real context, by becoming a learner yourself: as part of the programme, you are required to learn a foreign language for one semester.
- You will be provided with opportunities to observe experienced English language teachers teaching in real classroom situations, and to reflect on best practice.
- You will receive a thorough grounding in the theoretical aspects of language teaching and learning.
- You will have opportunities to apply these theories by micro-teaching in a peer based environment.
You will have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular events both in the College and in London; this includes a series of guest lectures from English Language Teaching professionals, the Language Centre Reading Group, and participation in BALEAP (the Global forum for professionals involved in English for Academic Purposes).
- You will obtain a University of London degree from a prestigious Russell Group institution, recognised internationally as a guarantee of quality.
- All your lecturers in this programme are also practitioner teachers and therefore you will benefit from the most up-to-date expertise in English language teaching.
- You will profit from London's international English-speaking environment to perfect your own language skills and to interact with students and staff in an exciting multicultural environment.
Multimedia Language Resource Centre
You will have access to the Language Learning Centre, which has three computerised multimedia language learning laboratories. Each is equipped with Televic AVIDA net Tenjin systems, satellite TV at every workstation and Smart board interactive whiteboards. The Centre also has two mini labs equipped with similar systems, which are ideal for small group tutorial work and intensive practice. This hi-tech teaching facility is here to support you in your language teaching and learning and also provides a multimedia self access centre where you can pursue your own learning goals.
Students have free access to the superb collections of the University of London Library at Senate House. The many other specialist libraries of the institution, such as the libraries of the British Film Institute, the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes or the social sciences library at the LSE, provide additional breadth. The vast resources of the British Library are close at hand, while London's cultural resources facilitate research in our specialist fields.
Graduate students can also attend interdisciplinary training workshops offered throughout the year by the Faculty, on such topics as writing journal articles, research ethics, preparing for an academic career, enterprise skills, and knowledge transfer.
Approaches and Methods in English Language Teaching
Second Language Acquisition
Curriculum Design and Materials Evaluation
Description of Language
Technology in Language Education: Theory and Practice
Teaching English in Professional and Academic Settings (TEPAS)
Students choose two optional modules and may also be offered a number of carefully chosen MA Linguistics options.
Students who graduate with this degree will be able to join the community of English language teachers around the world in higher education, in private language schools and colleges, and, with an appropriate teaching qualification (dependent upon the regulations of the country in which you wish to teach), you may also be able teach in state schools. In addition to teaching, students will also be able to develop more specialist careers in syllabus design, education technology, and consultancy.
This degree also prepares students to continue to doctoral study if they so wish.
Upon completing this programme, graduates can choose to pursue a wide variety of research in the broad areas of:
- Second language acquisition
- English Language Teaching
- Second language teaching methodology
- Teaching English for special purposes (academic, business, law, aviation, etc)
- Curriculum design
- Syllabus development and planning
- Educational technology
This course delivers advanced training in the theory and techniques of applied linguistics with an emphasis on second language acquisition.
We also have expertise in related disciplines including sociolinguistics, critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics, and in the field of TESOL we offer particular expertise in Academic Writing, ESP, Materials Design and Testing.
Our course includes options to take part in work placements and gain additional professional qualifications.
Our graduates go on to advanced careers in TESOL all over the world. They also work in business, publishing, translation and interpreting.
Our graduates are working in teaching (primary, secondary, FE, HE and TESOL), publishing, marketing, libraries, fundraising, charities and the public sector. A masters from Sheffield is a sound basis for a PhD at any leading university.
Our expertise covers all aspects of the subject, so whatever you’re interested in you’ll get the best possible advice and support. We provide training in research methods and you can choose to go on a work placement as part of your course.
You’ll be taught by academics whose work is published internationally. Their specialisms include language acquisition, historical language studies, applied linguistics, literary linguistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.
We have a lively research culture. Through lectures and weekly seminars we’ll introduce you to the latest ideas. You’ll have the opportunity to explore these ideas in your own research.
With the School of Languages and Cultures, we established the new University Centre for Linguistic Research to gather and support postgraduate linguistics research across the University.
We have specialist recording equipment for fieldwork and experimental work. Interactive computer-based workshops will introduce you to corpus-linguistic technology.
The University library subscribes to several electronic databases including JStor, Early English Texts online and Eighteenth-century Collections online. For more advanced reading, there’s a regular free minibus service to the British Library at Boston Spa.
There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by either the University or the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.
You’ll be taught by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of teachers. Our internationally recognised research feeds straight into our teaching, with students sometimes taking a hands-on role in our research activities. The staff are leading figures in their fields, in many cases having written the books and papers you will be studying: Kook-hee Gil (Second Language Acquisition), Nigel Harwood (TESOL Materials), Gabriel Ozon (English Grammar), Jane Mulderrig (Critical Discourse Analysis), Valerie Hobbs (English for Specific Purposes) and Oksana Afitska (Language Teaching Materials).
You’ll spend about eight hours a week in lectures, seminars and workshops. And there are chances to take part in classroom-based research projects in the UK and overseas.
Assessment depends on the module, but includes essay assignments and classroom coursework tasks. You’ll write your dissertation (MA only) over the summer. If you don’t complete the dissertation you’ll be awarded a diploma.
The Diploma in TESOL at the University of Brighton is a postgraduate professional qualification for experienced English language teachers wanting to develop their practice and understanding of English Language Teaching (ELT).
The Diploma combines assessed teaching practice with academic study into aspects of language teaching and learning such as ELT methodology, use of technologies, materials, language analysis and exploration and second language acquisition.
A key component of the Diploma in TESOL is the development of teaching practitioners’ reflective ability. Our aim is to help teachers deepen their understanding about their own professional practice and this is integrated throughout the course.
The TESOL Diploma is designed around the needs of working teachers. Taught classes run on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm, and you book teaching observations to take place when and where it suits your professional circumstances.
The course is comprised of six modules, which relate theories and research to professional contexts. Assessments are varied and most encourage the development of reflective practice, which plays a key part in professional development. This reflection is assessed in the form of a reflective blog that documents your teaching assessments, peer observations and reactions to and thoughts about issues relating to your experiences on the course, in your professional context and from your reading.
The Diploma in TESOL is validated by the University of Brighton and has the appropriate amount of assessed teaching practice and input hours set by British Council guidelines. The course is therefore equivalent to other ELT Diplomas such as the Cambridge DELTA or Trinity DipTESOL.
ELT Methodology – Approaches and Methods – this module informs you of a range of developments in English language teaching methodology and extends your repertoire of teaching skills. It also familiarises you with a range of ELT resources for different contexts and enables you to approach a variety of teaching contexts reflectively. The module is assessed by a portfolio comprising of – a longer reflective essay, where you can relate an issue from the module to your practice, and a presentation that you will give in class. There will also be formative (non-assessed) work to give you practice and experience at producing work at this level.
Language Awareness – this module develops an awareness of language systems. It helps you to critically evaluate analytical and classificatory frameworks of English grammar and pronunciation and to analyse the organisation of discourse in English. The modules is assessed by a three-hour exam.
Second Language Acquisition – this module explores research on second language acquisition (SLA), from the analysis of learner language to current cognitive and sociocultural models. An important focus is the consideration of the implications of SLA research for English language teaching. The module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay that applies SLA research to a professional context.
LT Materials – this module focuses on the role, use and development of materials in the language classroom. It explores the evaluation and design of materials as well as the use of new technologies. The module is continually assessed via your own reflective blog.
Professional Teaching Practice – this module allows you to demonstrate how you are applying new ideas to the English language classroom. You are assessed five times during the course at times and dates that best suit you (where assessor availability allows). Your classes need to demonstrate a variety of levels, content and approaches across the observations.
Teaching and Reflection – this is the most important module, allowing you to gain practical experience teaching English as a second language. Your classes need to demonstrate a variety of levels, content and approaches, as you are assessed in your place of work five times over the duration of the course. From the five assessments, the top four make up your final module grade. Observations are recorded so you can look at your own practice and develop reflective skills and self-awareness. Even students who were at first apprehensive have responded very positively to this experience.
Reflective Teaching Development – in addition, you are required to document your learning and developments through a reflective blog. This blog will contain reflections on your assessed teaching, peer observations and at least five ‘critical incidents’ that have made you question aspects of your own practice or the ELT context in general.
There will be ongoing support and tasks throughout the academic year to enable you to develop reflective skills. There will be ongoing support and tasks throughout the academic year to enable you to develop reflective skills.
From the six assessments, the top four make up your final module grade. Observations are recorded so you can look at your own practice and develop reflective skills and self-awareness. Even students who were at first apprehensive have responded very positively to this experience.
The Diploma in TESOL at the University of Brighton is recognised as being equivalent to other similar Diplomas (DELTA, Trinity DipTESOL) as it has the required amount of teaching assessments and course content. As such, it equips language teachers with the skills needed to develop professionally within a wide range of ELT contexts.
Some students have progressed to further study through our TESOL MA.