In recent years, the field of foreign language teaching at many levels has expanded to include Mandarin Chinese.
If you are a Chinese language teacher keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience, or a teacher of another subject wishing to move into this exciting field, the MA Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) can help you specialise in a fast-growing area of language education.
The course is flexibly designed to meet your needs. Whether you would like to develop a career in Chinese teaching in the UK or overseas, we would like to help you achieve your goal.
The course aims to develop your understanding of Mandarin Chinese as a linguistic system. It will examine current issues in language teaching methodology and research, and focus on the characteristics of language learners, and how programmes can be designed and delivered in a variety of teaching contexts.
Building on the University’s commitment to internationalisation and reflecting the University’s strong ties with China, the course draws on a wide range of intellectual sources.
Course Content and Sturcture
The course stars in September and can be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. It involves three 20-credit core modules, followed by four 15-credit elective modules, and finally a 60-credit dissertation. There are Postgraduate Dioloma and Postgraduate Certificate exit points.
Core Modules: • The Language Learner and Language Learning • Applied Linguistics for Teaching Mandarin Chinese • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology
Elective Modules: • Cross-Cultural Communication in Language Teaching • Research Methods in Teaching and Learning Languages • Materials Evaluation & Design • Learning to Train • Technology Enhanced Language Learning • Learner Autonomy
Each 20-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words. 15-credit elective modules are assessed through 3,000-word assignments. The dissertation (between 12,000 and 15,000 words) is based on a negotiated topic, arising from study through the course.