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MA in Language and Communication Coaching


Course Description

Are you interested in a career as an English language and communication coach? Do you see yourself in a professional, competitive environment? Then a Master's degree in Language and Communication Coaching might be just the ticket for you.

You will learn to analyse a client's needs, and how to design the training module to fit those needs. Transferring language and communication skills through interactive methods, adapting quickly to groups of varying sizes and levels, and picking effective teaching methods are part of the course. Your internship as part of your graduation project will allow you to put into practice what you have learnt.

Combination of academic grounding and practical training

The Language and Communication Coaching Master's specialisation offers a unique and rigorous programme combining a solid theoretical basis in the follwing:
- English Linguistics
- Second Language Acquisition
- Business Communication
- Teaching English for Specific Purposes

with challenging opportunities to practise your training and coaching skills:
- Practical, hands-on training and coaching experience
- Peer teaching
- Internship at a language institute or corporate training department

World-leading research

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.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/language

Admission requirements for international students

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.

Career prospects

Why join the Language and Communication Coaching Master's specialisation?
- Worldwide there are roughly 1 billion speakers of English as a foreign language
- Demand for qualified English language and communication trainers and coaches is huge:
- Business men and women, politicians, teachers, academics, students, doctors, office workers, tour guides, lawyers, practically everybody needs to use English in their jobs.
- There is a need for English language trainers and coaches who can quickly and effectively meet the training needs of course participants.


Graduates of the Master's specialisation Language and Communication Coaching work as:
- heads of their own business
- language and communication coaches for a language institute, communication office, teacher training programme, institute for secondary education
- advisors to an education consultancy
- developers of language tests
- policy staff members for international offices
- refresher course developers for English teachers (all levels)
- developers of learning tools (also digital) and curricula (also online) for English
- English editors, text writer (for instance websites in English) or text coach
education quality control officers
- managers or heads of department in language institute, translation agency, etc.
- project researchers (for instance into language acquisition processes, educational efficiency, learning method, specific components of language learning processes (pronunciation, etc.)
- English language specialists or consultants working in business or for the government


See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/linguistics/language

Visit the MA in Language and Communication Coaching page on the Radboud University website for more details!

Videos
(Student Profile)

Carol Alves

1645.jpg A world in the linguistics field

Languages have always amazed me, and during my college days, I realized that the field of Linguistics makes it possible to further study, analyze and appreciate them. During my undergraduate studies, I began working as an intern in the linguistics program at the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, a Brazilian federal research institute. Through this work experience, I decided to become a professional linguist. While in the Goeldi Museum, I learned that the Centre for Languages Studies (CLS) at Radboud University has a strong profile in the studying of South America Languages. Straight away, my attention was driven to Radboud, where I enrolled in the master's program in linguistics.
It was the first time I experienced a long period of studying abroad. Coming from a town in Amazonia, Nijmegen amazed in many ways. Particularly, I think the small size of the city increases its charm. Its gentle and open-minded people, safety, tranquility and convenience are very appropriate to build an educational environment. Additionally, living in Nijmegen was a completely multicultural experience, since I have got in touch with people from almost all around the globe.
I count myself as fortunate to be given the opportunity to study with some of the premier linguists of Europe. The design of the master's program presents a broad view of possibilities in the field of language science; it showed me an entire world in the linguistics field. The master's program offers courses, which address a large range of issues such as typological linguistics, description of tonal languages, application of methods and theories to language description, study of gestures and sign languages, second language acquisition, multilingualism, language contact, variation and change, and cognitive processes of language(s) in the brain, among others. There is also the chance to be an intern in one of the associated institutions (Max Planck and Donders Institutes) or beyond, which promotes a challenging experience in a real job atmosphere. The master's program sharpened my interest for understanding language as a whole, although I have a special interest and personal connection with indigenous and minority languages.
The courses of this initial part of my graduation studies fuelled my aim to continue my education with a Ph.D. As for my future, I want to devote myself to the scientific development of my region in Brazil and to a linguistic research career on Amazon languages.

(Student Profile)

Anita Slonimska

‘My sister studied at Radboud University and she told me that the Linguistics programme was really good. She also told me about the University Sports Centre. There are more than 70 sports on offer and – not unimportant – it’s affordable! It may seem superficial but the Sports Centre was the main reason I chose to come to Nijmegen. Studying can be stressful and sports is a great way to feel better. When I need an energy boost I go kickboxing, but to relax I prefer Pilates. Student life on the Radboud campus is much more than studying from morning to evening: sports, cultural events and social gatherings. Here you are part of a community.'

(Student Profile)

Sanne Hoffman

'In the future I hope to revisit at least two of my favourite subjects: German and dialects.'
Sanne completed the Bachelor's programme in German Language and Culture and is currently enrolled in the German Linguistics track of the Master's programme in Linguistics

"Thanks to the minors I chose during my German Bachelor's programme I discovered the world of linguistics. For instance, I took the general Linguistics minor and the more specific Language Development minor, in which I focused on accents and dialects.

Not many of the German Linguistics Master's programme courses are in German, but they offer some interesting new insights. The course ‘Feste Wendungen', for instance, goes into topics that were not addressed in the Bachelor's programme. I also chose the English-taught Language and Society course. This course focuses on dialects, which is nicely in line with my specialisation.

Soon I will start an internship at the Huis voor de Kunsten (House of Arts) in Roermond and help build a corpus of spoken Limburgish. I will interview and record speakers of the Limburg dialect across the province of Limburg. The recordings are compared at a phonological level, contributing to a complete image of the various dialects of Limburg.

As I want to enrol in the academic teacher training programme after this Master's I have to earn enough credits for German-taught courses, which is why I am also taking a course in German Literature. Obtaining my postgraduate teaching degree is a new step; next year I want to find out whether teaching suits me. In the future I hope to revisit at least two of my favourite subjects: German and dialects."

(Student Profile)

Elena Plekhova

"a fascinating study environment"
A couple of years ago I wasn't even thinking of studying in the Netherlands. I had no idea that this country offers a wide choice of Master programmes in English. However, luckily my home university in Russia became a member of the Eranet-Mundus consortium and breathtaking opportunities opened up. When I was studying information about European universities, the Netherlands captured my attention for a number of reasons: study programmes in English, one-year Master's and the excellent quality of research.

Radboud University Nijmegen seemed to provide a fascinating study environment: competent staff, modern facilities (classrooms, IT, library, sports centre) and an international atmosphere. When I arrived I wasn't disappointed. I immersed myself in a variety of activities for newly arrived international students. I managed to learn a lot of things about the country and the university and made new friends. Nijmegen turned out to be a cosy student town where there are nice places to go out and spend your time with new international friends.

If you are a linguist like me, Radboud University Nijmegen is a good place for you as the level of education is high and the professors are very knowledgeable about the field. You can participate in research groups in the Centre for Language Studies (CLS) while doing your internship and writing the thesis. The pride of the department is the partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics where you can take courses and attend colloquiums and seminars.

Apart from intensive educational activities, entertainment is an indispensible part of Dutch culture. The only thing you need is to find the right balance between studying and partying. Thus, when I hear the expression ‘culture shock' I have no idea what to say. If you stay here, you simply don't have time in your busy agenda to start thinking about it.

To sum up, I believe the education at Radboud University Nijmegen will help me in my future career as I have become more competitive in the international employment market.

(Student Profile)

Kirsten Krijgsman

"I've always found linguistics the most interesting part of my training."
Kirsten earned her Bachelor's degree in English Language and Culture and is now taking the English Linguistics programme as part of the Master's programme in Linguistics.

"I chose English Linguistics because I've always found linguistics the most interesting part of my training. This Master's programme also fits in well with my Bachelor's, and because I enjoy living in Nijmegen it made sense for me to continue my studies here. The subjects are all very interesting, the lecturers are helpful, and students get the support they need. I hope to complete my Master's in one year, so I chose to take six subjects in the first semester. This seems like a lot, but at least it gives me time in the second semester to focus on my thesis.

For my thesis I'm hoping to expand on the topic of one my papers on verbs & declaring, a very interesting topic that hasn't been researched much yet. What I'd like to do after my thesis? I really enjoy translating; that might be something I'd like to do in the future."

(Student Profile)

Yvonne van Beek

"One great thing about all the different specialisations is the large number of international students"
After completing her Bachelor's programme in Dutch Languages and Culture at Radboud University, Yvonne chose the Master's programme in Dutch Linguistics.

"I've always wanted to teach Dutch and so I went looking for something that would give me a broader background in the Dutch language. I chose the Dutch Language and Culture degree programme. After completing my Master's in Linguistics, I'd still like to do the Master's programme in Education so that I can go into teaching.

The standards of the Master's programme are high, but it's all doable. I particularly like the courses Dutch as a Second Language and Language and Society: variation and diversity. I chose the course Language and Speech Pathology as my elective.

One great thing about all the different specialisations in the Linguistics Master's programmes is the large number of international students. It's a great way to get in touch with and learn about other languages and cultures.

I planned my Master's in such a way that I'm only doing one subject right now, so that I can really focus on my thesis. I'm conducting a study on second language acquisition: Dutch among Moroccan and Turkish women and men. I plan to finish this summer, so that I can start my Master's in Education in September.

I would still like to teach, but learning problems in children, such as dyslexia, also really interest me, so this is something that I might also like to focus on in the future."

(Student Profile)

Anastasiia Vaskiv

"Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its top quality"
Anastasiia earned her Master's degree in English Philology in her home country Ukraine, and is now enrolled in the general programme of the Master's programme in Linguistics.

"The Master's I did in Ukraine was really interesting, but, apart from English Philology, it was also focused on teacher training. After completing that programme, I wanted to concentrate solely on research in Linguistics, namely Psycholinguistics and Ethnolinguistics, and that's why I came to Radboud University.

Higher education in the Netherlands is known for its top quality, so I didn't have any doubts as to where I wanted to go on with my studies. I was extremely happy when I heard I'd been admitted. So far, I've really enjoyed my stay and I've learned a lot: the standards are high and the lecturers expect a lot from you.

I'm currently doing an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, which I find great for my academic development. In the future, I'd like to get a PhD - preferably here in the Netherlands, since I'm impressed by the quality of research being done here and the country in all respects."


(Scholarship)

Fullbright-Radboud Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Fulbright Center, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships to excellent American students for study and research purposes at graduate and PhD levels at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Fulbright Center's mission is to promote mutual understanding between Dutch and American citizens by providing financial assistance for study, research and teaching. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of €1050. International travel will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately €350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival, and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program.
Application for 2016-2017 opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12 monthly instalments of €1050 + extra allowance for travel and additional costs

Eligibility

For American students.
The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

For more information please see the Fulbright website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/masters/fulbright


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - Brazil Programme - 10 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Brazil is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Brazil's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/brazil


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - Mexico Programme - 5 Awards

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Mexicans to follow a study programme at Master's level. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Mexican students who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit the Nuffic Neso OTS Mexico website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/mexico


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - Indonesia Programme - 6 Awards

For Indonesian students, Radboud University offers one Orange Tulip Scholarships which are available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Indonesian students who study at a Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia is 1 April.You can find more information about the Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia, and how to apply, on the Nuffic Neso Indonesia website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/indonesia


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - China Programme - 6 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship programme (OTS) was launched by Nuffic Neso China in 2008. The success of the programme relies on the support from not only the Dutch academic sector, but also the Dutch business sector in China. The purpose of this initiative is to offer valuable study opportunities for young Chinese talents to study in the Netherlands through joint contributions from the Dutch higher education institutions and China-based Dutch companies.Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

The Orange Tulip Scholarship China programme is only open to qualified students from Mainland China who study at a Master's level at Radbout University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship China is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/china


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - Korea Programme - 3 Awards

Nuffic Neso South-Korea launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) in January 2010 to provide opportunities for talented Korean students to study in Holland. The scholarship is available for all English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Korean students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship South Korea is 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/korea


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Orange Tulip Scholarship - Russia Programme - 8 Awards

For the first time, Nuffic Neso Russia has launched the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS), a special programme for talented Russian students to study in Holland. It is available for all English-taught Master's programmes at Radboud University (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2016/2017). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Russian students, Radboud University offers eight Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Russia is 1 April. In order to apply for the scholarship, you must have already applied for a Master's programme at Radboud University. In order to receive the scholarship, you must be admitted to a Master's programme.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/russia


(Scholarship)

Orange Tulip Scholarship - Vietnam Programme - 3 Awards

The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme gives excellent students coming from one of these countries the opportunity to study at Radboud University. Radboud University participates in the OTS programme with several benefits for international students. Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,006 in 2017/2018). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered .

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees

Eligibility

For Vietnamese students, Radboud University offers three Orange Tulip Scholarships.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for the Orange Tulip Scholarship Vietnam is 1 April. For more information about how to apply, please visit Nuffic Neso Vietnam's website.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/ots/vietnam


(Scholarship)

The Holland Scholarship Programme - 12 Awards

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University. The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS and amount to € 5,000.-

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship amounts to £ 3.700

Eligibility

The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS.

Application Procedure

You can apply for the Holland Scholarship at Radboud University when you apply for a Master's programme in Osiris. That means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline is 1 February. If not all scholarships will be given out, the second deadline is 1 May.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/holland-scholarship


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Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Funds - 6 Awards

The Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund aims to provide very promising students without sufficient financial means the opportunity to complete one of our (Research-) Master's programmes in the Faculty of Arts. Therefore, each academic year a number of supplementary scholarships are offered to international Masters students from outside the EU/EEA.In the study year 2017/2018, six supplementary scholarships will be awarded to Radboud Scholarship Programme or Orange Tulip Scholarship recipients from one of the Master's programmes from the Faculty of Arts. The Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund consists of €2500 per student, paid in 10 instalments throughout the academic year. The scholarship will be awarded for the whole duration of the academic studies.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2500 Euros

Eligibility

Eligible students must be from a country outside the EU/EEA, have been admitted to a (Research-) Master`s programme at the Faculty of Arts, and been selected as a candidate for either the Radboud Scholarship Programme or the Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme.

Application Procedure

Application for the Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund is linked to the Radboud Scholarship Programme or Orange Tulip Scholarship. Applications can be completed via our online portal and must be completed before 1 April.

Further Information

http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters-programmes/international-masters-students/scholarships-grants/read_more/faculty-arts-study-funds/



Entry Requirements

• A Dutch Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in Linguistics, a degree in languages or a degree in Communication and Information Sciences, with a minimum of at least 60 EC worth of courses in the area of linguistics. • Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor’s degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: a TOEFL score of at least 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based), 90 (internet-based); an IELTS score of 6.5; a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency

Course Fees

€2,006 (from EEA countries); €9432(from non-EEA countries)


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