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Education (English Language Teaching) (MA)

Course Description

The course is designed to deepen your understanding of theory and practice of ELT, embedded in broad educational contexts.

This course is aimed at teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) in primary, secondary or tertiary education or new graduates who aspire to be teachers of English.

It enables you to acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of second language acquisition, ELT methodology, educational studies and academic skills. It also encourages you to reflect on your own pedagogical practices and/or learning experiences in ESL/EFL.

In additional to modules offered by the Institute of Education, students will be able to choose extra modules offered by the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. These optional modules cover a range of topics related to applied linguistics including sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, English for specific purposes and child language development.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/ma-education-english-language-teaching.aspx

What will you study?

English and Language: Study Skills and Research Methods – this provides a foundation for the ELT module, and includes developing essential English language skills.

Second Language Teaching and Learning – this module will examine major themes and current developments in foreign language teaching and learning in depth. It aims to help students understand current theory and research on various aspects of foreign language teaching and learning, and relate theory and research to educational practice in different cultural contexts.

Investigating Education – this is a core module and looks at issues related to conducting research in an educational context. This module provides support for conducting the dissertation.

Developing Expertise in Teaching – this optional module focuses on the idea of an expert teacher, how this differs across the world and how such teachers can be developed.

Assessment and Measurement – this covers a range of issues associated with the role of assessment in education and of measurement in educational research.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Education (English Language Teaching) (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). Apart from the standard University entry requirements, we normally expect students to have a professional background in education with experience of teaching. Ideally we would like students to have had at least two years' experience of teaching but will consider applications from good students with less experience. If you have a slightly lower degree qualification than usual, this can be compensated for by good teaching experience.

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