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Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) (MA)

Course Description

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.

Visit the Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) (MA) page on the University of Nottingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent). Candidates should preferably have some experience of classroom teaching, or hold a 1st degree which includes language teaching methodology components, or have attended a substantial language teaching methodology course. Official written evidence of teaching experience/training should be submitted at the time of application. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

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