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MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills (ESOL)

Course Description

The MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills Education (ESOL) is for teachers, trainers, team leaders and heads of department/section who work in the field of ESOL teaching.

You will consider the different contexts in which English language teaching and learning takes place and learn about the latest research in the field. You will also explore the development of ESOL provision and the impact of external factors, such as political and historical events, and how they have affected the teaching of English as a second language.

You will learn about theories and principles of ESOL provision and relate these to your personal practice.

What you will learn

You will examine the relationship between theories and practice of teaching English as a second language. You will learn about the latest developments in curriculum design and issues of sociolinguistics, ethnographic and social-physiological approaches to ESOL teaching and learning.

You will consider the wider issues that may have an impact on the teaching of ESOL, for example, the place of English in a changing global context; the effects of international political events; national trends; immigration policies and attitudes to integration, multiculturalism and cultural identification. You will also look at issues relating to policies on further and adult education.

You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and observations with your fellow students as basic skills practitioners and will research, critique and analyse principles and practice in ESOL learning.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

Visit the MA Policy and Practice in Basic Skills (ESOL) page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship can be awarded to full-time UK, EU, and International Masters students, irrespective of their financial means.In order to receive this Scholarship, applicants must have completed and submitted an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please note that this Scholarship is only available to students undertaking their first Masters course.For more information about this scholarship please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance or contact the Student Funding Advisor, Karen Bentley on 01204 903497

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have been awarded a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.
You must be studying a full-time taught masters at the University of Bolton campus in Bolton.
You must not be in receipt of any other offer, i.e. Alumni Discount or any other fee reduction.
You must not be in receipt of any other kind of sponsorship towards your tuition fees, for example from an employer.
The course of study must have commenced in September 2014 or later.

Application Procedure

In order to receive the scholarship towards fees students must have completed the Masters Excellence Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please return the form with photocopies of your certificates to:Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme,
Student Centre,
Chancellor's Mall,
University of Bolton,
Deane Road, Bolton. BL3 5ABTel: +44 (0)1204 903497 / +44 (0)1204 903499
Email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have at least an upper second class (2.1) honours degree and a PGCE (or equivalent).

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