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English Language Teaching MA

This course explores contemporary research issues and a variety of teaching methodologies in English Language Teaching (ELT). You will broaden your understanding of the theoretical and practical issues faced by ELT teachers and learners in the classroom.

Overview

Reasons to study English Language Teaching MA at DMU:

  • The Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) is accredited by the British Council
  • Those working and studying part-time can choose between a final dissertation or a work-based project
  • Every member of the English language department is highly qualified, experienced and brings a truly international dimension to their teaching. Most have been guest speakers at conferences throughout the world and have lived and taught extensively abroad
  • CELL is also an institutional member of British Association for Lecturers of Academic English (BALEAP) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
  • This course will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends but also of your ability and acumen as a teacher of ELT at the highest level
  • Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers as tutors, Heads of Study and university lecturers both in the UK and overseas
  • The programme regularly receives excellent reports from external moderators and examiners
  • CELL has strong relationships with overseas English language providers, which often enhance students’ employment prospects
  • “Worldwide, there are more English teaching jobs than there are native-speaking teachers to fill them.” teachenglishworldwide.com
  • Students who demonstrate a high degree of teaching competence are often employed part-time by CELL for summer schools

You will take part in teaching practice sessions where appropriate, and examine current research trends and issues. Taught by experts in our British Council accredited CELL, the MA in ELT is aimed at language specialists worldwide, which is why we welcome applications from both native and non-native English speakers and do not always require experience in ELT.  

The ELT MA includes specialist modules in Applied Linguistics, ELT Methodology English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, and the Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills. You can also choose two of the following optional modules: Phonetics and Phonology, Using New Technologies to Teaching ELT, and Teaching Practice. This programme is relevant to the practical and theoretical considerations of ELT today. It is designed primarily to develop your future career prospects in ELT and enhance further postgraduate ELT research.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: One year full-time, two years part-time.

Start date: September 2016, or January 2017 (for 12 months) 

Fees and funding: UK/EU: £4,750 (full-time), £2,375 (part-time) per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Student loan information for EU students joining in September 2016.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: January 2017 for 12 months


Fees and funding: International: £12,200 per year

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject such as English or Education. We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered. 

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Modules

This course is designed to improve opportunities for teaching English language in a variety of different situations, both in the UK and abroad. It differs from many other master’s degrees in that it includes a mix of practical and theoretical subjects that will be useful for English language teachers.

The modules include:

  • Trends and Issues in ELT Classroom
  • Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills
  • Teaching Phonetics and Phonology
  • English for Specific Purposes and Course Design
  • Using New Technologies in ELT
  • Socio and Psycho-Linguistics

These modules focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to real-life classroom situations. If you choose Teaching Practice in term 2, you must complete at least three teaching practice sessions and submit a reflective journal. Alternatively, you can deepen your knowledge of Phonetics and Phonology or design courses and create materials for an ELT website for teachers and students. 

While you are required to undertake a Research Methods module, you will choose your dissertation topic in consultation with the course team. This will mirror your own interests so you can pursue an area of interest in greater depth. 

 

Overview

As well as traditional written work and presentations, you will be required to submit work in the form of lesson plans and rationales, carry out microteaching to peers as well as lead seminar discussions. The 15,000-word dissertation is guided by one-to-one tutorial contact, placing emphasis on independent study with the tutor monitoring your progress.

Contact hours
In your first two terms you will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 21 hours of independent study each week. Your third term will be pre-dominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week 

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Art, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Art, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

During standard term-time (October to June) the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of this period, and during university holidays, the library will remain open but with reduced opening hours.

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

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This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

 

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Graduate careers

There has never been a better time to enhance your career prospects as an ELT expert. This course can provide a gateway to prestigious careers as a teacher at internationally-recognised English language institutions. In addition this is the type of qualification that most universities or other tertiary organisations now require for lecturers of English for academic purposes. This qualification will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends but also of your ability and acumen as a teacher of ELT at the highest level.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.

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