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You will take part in teaching practice sessions where appropriate, and examine current research trends and issues. Taught by experts in our British Council accredited CELL, the MA in ELT is aimed at language specialists worldwide, which is why we welcome applications from both native and non-native English speakers and do not always require experience in ELT. 

The ELT MA includes specialist modules in Applied Linguistics, ELT Methodology English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, and the Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills. You can also choose two of the following optional modules: Phonetics and Phonology, Using New Technologies to Teaching ELT, and Teaching Practice. This programme is relevant to the practical and theoretical considerations of ELT today. It is designed primarily to develop your future career prospects in ELT and enhance further postgraduate ELT research.


This course is designed to improve opportunities for teaching English language in a variety of different situations, both in the UK and abroad. It differs from many other master’s degrees in that it includes a mix of practical and theoretical subjects that will be useful for English language teachers.

The modules include:

  • Trends and Issues in ELT Classroom
  • Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills
  • Teaching Phonetics and Phonology
  • English for Specific Purposes and Course Design
  • Using New Technologies in ELT
  • Socio and Psycho-Linguistics

These modules focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to real-life classroom situations. If you choose Teaching Practice in term 2, you must complete at least three teaching practice sessions and submit a reflective journal. Alternatively, you can deepen your knowledge of Phonetics and Phonology or design courses and create materials for an ELT website for teachers and students. 

While you are required to undertake a Research Methods module, you will choose your dissertation topic in consultation with the course team. This will mirror your own interests so you can pursue an area of interest in greater depth. 


As well as traditional written work and presentations, you will be required to submit work in the form of lesson plans and rationales, carry out microteaching to peers as well as lead seminar discussions. The 15,000-word dissertation is guided by one-to-one tutorial contact, placing emphasis on independent study with the tutor monitoring your progress.

In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 21 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

Visit the English Language Teaching MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!




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