The course is aimed at experienced teachers of English as a foreign or second language worldwide. The programme gives practising teachers the opportunity to explore current issues in ELT, and to deepen their understanding of the theoretical and practical concerns that underlie their teaching.The programme benefits in particular from CLCS's involvement in the development and implementation of two Council of Europe tools that are important in the current debate about language learning, teaching and assessment world-wide: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio. Students take six modules and undertake a research project leading to a 15,000 word dissertation. Four core modules are mandatory and two are elective options.
Core modules include:
Describing English Grammar Language Testing Pedagogical Grammar of English Second Language Curriculum Planning and Implementation
The elective modules may include:
History and Globalisation of English Corpus Linguistics Technology, Language, and Communication Language Variation and Change Linguistic Pragmatics Bilingualism and the Maintenance of Irish Second Language Teaching Multilingualism