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About the course

Our course provides you with up to date theories and methods in teaching English as a foreign/second language. It will help you to understand key issues in teaching English as a foreign/second language. It will also develop your research skills, enhancing your professional performance in the future.

The course allows you to improve or update your knowledge and understanding of teaching English as a foreign or second language. It has a strong emphasis on:
-Language learning
-Interaction in second language classrooms and wider settings
-Teacher development
-Engagement in learning and with technology

Our staff have experience of teaching around the world. They are actively involved in research and we incorporate relevant research findings into the course content. Dr Mei Lin leads the course.

By the end of the course you will be familiar with current developments in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In particular, you will develop your knowledge of:
-Language learning
-Features of communication in a range of settings
-Teaching methodology

The course is available to:
-Those with teaching experience (in-service)
-Those without teaching experience (pre-service)
-Lecturers at higher education institutions

Our graduates have found jobs in teaching, management and administrative posts.

Research project

As part of the course you will carry out a research project. This encourages you to explore teaching and learning issues through collecting and analysing data. Our research methods module will provide you with a range of research tools and training.

To ensure a positive learning experience, a variety of support is available, focusing on:
-Critical thinking
-Academic writing


We deliver modules through a mix of:
-Group activities

Most modules last one semester. Teaching takes place during the day at our Newcastle campus. We don't deliver teaching over the weekend.

The course consists of three main parts:
-Compulsory modules (60 credits)
-Optional modules (60 credits)
-Research project (60 credits)

Optional modules include a wide range of modules in TESOL and applied linguistics, as well as linguistics and education. You can build the course to match your individual interests and/or future career needs.

We use a variety of teaching methods to:
-Support your learning experience
-Develop your learning potential
-Prepare you for real-world challenges

Interactive sessions encourage you to apply new knowledge, concepts and skills to your practice. Weekly independent study tasks allow you to engage with and contribute to sessions and seminars.

If you choose to study part time you will take up to 80 credits during your first year. During second year you will complete the remaining credits and conduct your research project.
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Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in: English language; English literature; linguistics; a similar related subject. We will also consider your application if you have: two years of full time language teaching experience and; a lower degree classification; or a degree that is not English/language-related.

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