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Course Description

The TESOL with ICT MA at Brighton is one of a limited number of courses in the UK that allow language teachers to explore the role of media in the teaching and learning of languages, combining academic study with the design and development of materials.

The course is designed for professionals who already have experience of second language teaching, either in the UK or abroad. As with the other MAs in Brighton's English Language Teacher Development programme, it encourages you to locate your enquiries in your own professional context, so you can apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge directly.

The department has an extensive range of digital media capture and editing equipment, its own dedicated computer pool, and access to a television studio in the Checkland building, allowing you to work with the digital tools required for materials design and production. Typical areas for investigation include print, audio, audiovisual, interactive multimedia, podcasting, e‑learning, social software such as blogs and wikis, and interactive electronic whiteboards.

Our graduates have gone on to successful positions not only in second language teaching but also in the development and evaluation of language learning materials, for example, as project managers, materials authors and developers, self-access centre managers, and teacher trainers in the area of blended learning.

Course structure

The TESOL with ICT MA is based on the idea that theory, practice and research in the field of teaching, learning and media are inextricably linked. All modules relate theories and research to professional problems, including both general issues and the individual professional issues of our students.

The course will help you to:

- Deepen your knowledge of second language teaching and learning
- Develop a critical understanding of a range of issues informing your own professional practice
- Increase your expertise in evaluating, exploiting and developing appropriate learning resources for language teaching, particularly in the area of media use
- Develop independent research skills and gain insight into MALT-related problems through applying those skills
- Broaden the range of professional roles you can play and thereby enhance your career prospects

Core modules include a 15,000 dissertation and are supplemented by two option modules. Most involve three hours' attendance per week and at least 6-10 hours of self-study. Assessment for each module usually involves around 40-50 hours of additional work.

Visit the TESOL with ICT MA page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degree and/or experience: The MA is usually open to second language teachers with more than two years of teaching experience. Places are normally given to those who have a good first degree (BA or BSc), and a high standard of spoken and written English. It is also an advantage to have some form of initial teaching qualification. English language requirements: IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with no significant weaknesses in any particular area of the test.

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