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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

    Linguistics & Classics

  • Start Date

    October

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa
    Part-time international students: £7600 pa
    Full-time international students: £15200 pa

  • Last Updated

    23 August 2019

Birkbeck's specialist MA Language Teaching is designed for people who are already experienced foreign or second language teachers who want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field.

The programme will develop both your understanding of classroom practice and of key areas of research that inform practice. This is a course on which the importance of bridging the gap between theory and practice is valued and it is structured to reflect the fine balance between the two. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching.

The programme's unique features are its focus on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching; and that locally based teachers of languages other than English have the opportunity to share their experiences with students from all over world, thus gaining insight into a wide range of language teaching contexts internationally. In addition, you will be studying alongside students on the MA TESOL programme.

The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between two dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a topic of your choice.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • You will join a vibrant and diverse community supported by the Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society, which is student run. An annual Postgraduate Student Research Conference is organised by the Society every summer. In addition, the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts a lecture series given by international visiting scholars. Birkbeck also actively collaborates with the larger community of applied linguists throughout University of London colleges, including the Institute of Education, the School of Oriental and African Studies and University College London, which are all next door to Birkbeck in Bloomsbury, while King’s College London is a short walk away.
  • You will gain a broader view of language teaching and learning by drawing on the rich and diverse research in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication.
  • Read a blog post by Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros that considers what linguistics is.
  • If you are interested in an academic career, MA Language Teaching can allow you to progress to doctoral study.

Visit the Language Teaching (MA) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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