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Description

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.

Course Structure

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.

Core Modules

  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Development: Perspectives for Teaching
  • Basic Research Methods (non-credit bearing)
  • Language for Teaching
  • Advanced Teaching Practice: The Reflective Practitioner.

Optional Modules

Previous optional modules have included:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes
  • Teacher Training, Development and Education
  • World Englishes
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
  • Discourse, Texts and TESOL
  • English Language Teaching Management
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Pragmatics and the Language Classroom.

You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four options:

  • Expert English
  • Foreign Language.

MA Streams

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.

Course Learning and Teaching

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.

  • Students each have an academic tutor, with whom they will meet on average once a term, and all staff have office hours.

Visit the Applied Linguistics for TESOL - MA page on the Durham University website for more details!

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