This practice-based programme is aimed specifically at postgraduate students with or without language teaching experience who intend to develop their careers in language teaching of not only English but also other languages. It is suitable for both native speakers and non-native speakers of English. Students may be eligible for a bursary.
Key features -You will have the opportunity to observe teachers in practice to gain a deeper understanding of classroom management and language teaching pedagogy, as well as the chance to design and use teaching materials. -In addition to gaining research skills from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, you will also gain employability skills, such as criticality and advanced oral and written communication, which are relevant not only to language teaching, but also to teaching-related professions.
What will you study?
The course offers a mix of theoretical applied linguistic topics and more-practical application of ideas. Core modules introduce the conceptual foundations of the subject, while option modules cover topics that allow you to develop your own path of enquiry.
You will gain insights into the theory and practice of language learning and teaching, and will develop your teaching skills through micro-teaching in a peer-led environment and through the optional opportunity to gain a professional teaching qualification (CELTA*) as part of the programme. Students may choose this option at their own additional expense and at an institution of their choice, but the CELTA/CLTA* must be studied after the end of the second semester modules.
* The CELTA qualification is not available at Kingston University. You will be advised of a local college where the CELTA can be studied.
Coursework and dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Core modules -Educational Technologies for English Language Teaching and Learning -Language Description, Materials and Methods -Principles of Language Learning for Language Teaching -Teaching Language for Specific Purposes -Dissertation Pathway 1 plus Research Skills -Dissertation Pathway 2: CELTA plus Critical Reflection Skills
Optional modules -Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching