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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.

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Overview

Reasons to study English Language Teaching MA at DMU:

 

    • “Worldwide, there are more English teaching jobs than there are native-speaking teachers to fill them” source: teachenglishworldwide.com
    • This course will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends, but also of your ability as a teacher of ELT at the highest level
    • All academic staff have a wide range of expertise in terms of language teaching experience (in the UK and abroad) and research (in English language and English language teaching/learning)
    • Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers as tutors, Heads of Study and university lecturers both in the UK and overseas such as Japan, and China
    • The programme regularly receives excellent reports from external moderators and examiners
    • Students who demonstrate a high degree of teaching competence have the opportunity to be employed by Centre for English Language Learning, DMU, for summer schools

You will take part in teaching practice sessions where appropriate, and examine current research trends and issues. The MA ELT aims to bridge the theoretical knowledge of language teaching and learning with pedagogical practice in classroom teaching. Therefore we welcome applications from both native and non-native English speakers, and we do not require prior teaching experience.

The MA ELT includes core modules such as Trends and Issues in Communicative Classroom, Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills, and Research Methods. You can also choose two of the following optional modules: English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, Assessing Language, and Psycholinguistics. The main characteristic of this programme is that it highlights the application of theoretical knowledge to classroom teaching situations. It is designed primarily to develop your future career prospects in ELT; and also lead to further postgraduate research in the areas of English language teaching and learning.

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At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

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.

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Key facts for UK/EU students

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

Start date: September 2020

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees for UK/EU students will be £8,100 (full-time) per year, £4,050 (part-time) 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.

Key facts for international students

Duration: One year full-time

Start date: September 2020


Fees and funding international: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,100 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.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree (2:2 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 overall with 5.5 in each band 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

 

Module overview

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. Modules include:

Core:

  • Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills
  • Trends and Issues in Communicative Classroom
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation or Work-based Project

Optional:

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Assessing English Language: Context and Construct
  • English for Specific Purposes and Course Design

 

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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 or work-based project 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 six hours of timetabled taught sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshop and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at 30 to 40 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.

 

 

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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 Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, 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

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.

The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.

 

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Our Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

 

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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 DMU Global, 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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