Combine a solid theoretical basis in Language for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing with challenging opportunities to design language courses and practise your coaching skills.
There’s an increasing demand for language and communication trainers and coaches: business people, pilots, politicians, hospital porters, teachers, hotel staff, academics, cab drivers, athletes, doctors, office workers, tour guides, lawyers, catering staff, nurses, practically everybody needs to use English in their jobs. The Master’s specialisation in Language and Communication Coaching offers you a thorough academic grounding to pursue a career as a language and communication coach who can quickly and effectively meet the training needs of a wide variety of clients.
The specialisation offers a unique and rigorous programme combining a solid theoretical basis in Language for Specific Purposes, Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing with challenging opportunities to design language courses and practise your training and coaching skills. You’ll also get some practical, hands-on training and coaching experience in the form of peer teaching and an internship at a language institute.
The specialisation includes an English for Specific Purposes module, which prepares students for a career as a language and communication coach who can quickly and effectively meet the needs of a wide variety of target groups such as business people, pilots, politicians, hospital porters, doctors etc.
You’ll receive a combination of academic grounding and practical training.
You’ll be part of a truly international classroom with students from all over the world. This will not only provide you with an interesting social and cultural experience. It’ll also allow theoretical and practical insights into the linguistic issues you’ll be studying, as you consider how these apply to the various languages and language learners represented in your class.
The specialisation addresses both the linguistic and cultural aspects of present-day communication all over the world.
Although the role of English as a lingua franca has meant that research in this field is mostly focused on English, it is equally applicable to the design of courses in other languages.
The Linguistics programme is connected to the research carried out at the Centre for Language Studies (CLS). This institution has a reputation in the Netherlands and far beyond for top quality and ground-breaking research. Students at Nijmegen can also benefit from the wealth of other research done on campus by, for example, the world-renowned Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
Linguistics research at Radboud University was recently rated number 1 in the world wide university ranking. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes annual rankings of the best universities world wide. Withing the subject field of Linguistics, our research topped the list. Research and education are closely intertwined in Nijmegen: in lectures and through research internships and assignments, students become familiar with the latest developments in linguistics research.
1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Linguistics or related area
In order to get admission to this Master's you’ll need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. Students with a Bachelor’s degree in specific language, like German, Dutch and such, or with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and Information Sciences can also apply, provided they took at least 60 ECTS worth of courses in the field of linguistics.
2. Proficiency in English
In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
A TOEFL score of >600 (paper based) or >100 (internet based)
An IELTS score of >7.0
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher
A Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Culture from a research university.
Graduates of the Language and Communication Coaching Master’s will be able to deliver a wide range of language and communication services: language teaching, text consultancy, in-service training, development of course and test materials, language policy and communication advice.
Graduates could work as:
Self-employed trainers and coaches
Language and communication coaches with language institutes, communication offices, teacher training programmes
Advisors to education consultancies
Developers of language tests
Policy staff members for international offices
Refresher course developers for English teachers (all levels)
Developers of (digital) learning tools and (online) curricula
Editors, copy writers, journalists or text coaches
Managers or heads of department in language institutes, translation agencies, etc.
Project researchers (for instance into language acquisition processes, educational efficiency, learning methods, specific components of language learning processes (pronunciation, etc.)
Language specialists or consultants working in business or for the government
Teacher in the Netherlands
Want to become an English teacher in secondary or further education? After completing your Master's you can get your ‘eerstegraads bevoegdheid’ to become a teacher in the Netherlands (leraar Engels). With this degree, you can teach the higher grades of secondary school in the Netherlands (HAVO and VWO). The combination of the specialisation in Language and Communication Coaching and the ‘eerstegraads bevoegdheid’ will make you a particularly attractive candidate for Universities of Applied Science (HBO).