The PgCert TEAP is for experienced teachers of English who wish to develop their career by gaining specialist skills and knowledge in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
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The course is a professional development qualification designed to meet the increasing global demand for well-qualified teachers in EAP. It carries sixty credits, which can be used towards other post-graduate qualifications.
On the first of two modules, you deepen your understanding of learners, cultures of learning, academic discourse and student transition through UK academia. You look in-depth at a range of issues in EAP including learner autonomy, specific-disciplines, argumentation and critical thinking.
On the second of the modules, you take aspects of your own classroom practice and explore and critically evaluate them using current methodology and applied research. By researching a significant aspect of your own teaching you gain a deep understanding of EAP pedagogy.
The scholarship and research skills you gain will allow you to improve the learning experiences of your students and influence the practice of your institution.
The TESOL Centre has thirty years of delivering postgraduate courses to working teachers. We have an established reputation for providing e-teacher education courses and today use Blackboard, a virtual learning environment.
Flexible and dynamic learning online enables you to fit your study around your own personal and professional commitments.
Deepen your understanding of students' needs in their specific disciplines through the comparison of EAP materials and an analysis of authentic academic discourse. Enhance the effectiveness of the support you give students throughout their transition across educational cultures and contexts as you develop their autonomy and critical thinking.
Improve your classroom practice by exploring and critically evaluating current theories of teaching methodology and applied research. Refresh and energise your understanding of the debates within EAP by researching a significant aspect of your own teaching.
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TESOL Centre graduates are working as language professionals and academic managers in many UK and international educational settings, including global universities, private language centres, colleges and schools.
Many take up roles as teacher educators, teacher managers, materials writers, test developers and language school directors.
In the UK, there were 430,000 non-UK students in 2015/16. Many EFL teachers return to the UK and take jobs teaching this large group of students. Others develop careers teaching academic literacies, writing classes, or study skills to both home and international students.
Recent graduates from the TESOL Centre are working in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Libya, Pakistan, Spain and Italy.
The English Language Centre's MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL programme offers excellent opportunities for experienced language teachers to develop careers in English language teaching.
The programme is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.
The programme offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.
Previous optional modules have included:
You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four options:
You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose the optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area.
ELC MA programmes are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving students a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than, say, a session consisting solely of a two hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature.
The focus throughout the programmes is on independent learning and student engagement, with students expected to participate in presentations, micro-teaching and the like. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, with students filling the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments.
In addition, starting in the first term, students attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in term 3. Students are assigned a dissertation supervisor, and can expect 3 or 4 meetings during term 3 and the summer.