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MA English Language Teaching

Course Description

The English Language Teaching (ELT) MA degree provides professional development for teachers working in a variety of educational settings.

While balancing theory and practice you will develop skills in language description and analysis, and learn how to tailor teaching methods and learning materials to suit institutional requirements, local circumstances, and learners’ wants and needs.

- You will have access to some of the most recent and relevant English language research
- Observe English language classes and undertake teaching practice
- In the final stages of the course you may have the opportunity to complete a (salaried) ten-month overseas teaching placement

Why Study English Langauge Teaching MA Degree?
* You will have access to some of the most recent and relevant English language research
* Observe English language classes and undertake teaching practice
* In the final stages of the course you may have the opportunity to complete a (salaried) ten-month overseas teaching placement
* You will be taught by a team consisting of international experts on corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), discourse and varieties of English (including business English) and second language acquisition
* The final stage can be completed off campus, and participants may elect to submit a reflective portfolio of their own professional practice instead of a dissertation
* The flexibility of the course enables applicants with recognised ELT qualifications to qualify for some accreditation of prior learning (APL)

The course can enhance your career prospects in teaching and management posts in schools and colleges, as well as government/civil service posts in relation to staff support and development, curriculum and materials design.

Course Content:
Students on the English Language Teaching MA will:

* Consider the theory and practice of English language learning and teaching, and the relevance of major language learning and language acquisition theories
* Develop skills in the evaluation and design of teaching and learning materials for a variety of settings
* Explore the role played by new technologies for learning, teaching and communicating
* Develop skills in the analysis of English as it is spoken and written in the UK and in the rest of the world
* Have opportunities to practise teaching and observe experienced teachers in a variety of face-to-face and blended-learning settings


The programme runs over three terms. Students normally take four 15-credit modules in term 1, four 15-credit modules in term 2 and complete a Dissertation or a Professional Practice Portfolio in term 3.

The delivery of the Research Methods module is distributed over the first two terms. Term 3 does not require attendance and students can elect to complete their dissertation/portfolio off-campus. If they do so, they will be supervised online in distance learning mode for this stage of their programme.

Assessment is normally completed at or soon after the end of the ten weeks of teaching for all 15-credit modules.

Module Information

Mandatory Modules

* Theories & Methods of Language Learning & Teaching
* Materials Design & Evaluation
* Analysing Written & Spoken Discourse
* The Social Context - Culture & Interaction
* The English Language: Structure
* The Phonology & The Semantics of the English Language
* Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Options (Students must choose 3, one of which must be either Dissertation or Professional Practice Portfolio)

* Teaching English in Higher Education
* Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL): Past, Present & Future
* Teaching English for Business
* Language Testing & Assessment
* Professional Practice Portfolio
* Dissertation in Applied Linguistics

Visit the MA English Language Teaching page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree or equivalent. Candidates with degrees in subjects other than English/Linguistics can also apply.Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment. Applicants who are not native speakers of English need to have a proficiency level equivalent to GCSE Grade C, or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6 in writing) or TOEFL 570-573 (PB); 230 (CB); 88-89 (IB); Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; CAE B.

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