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English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BEST130

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
May 2018

Fees:

January 2017 start - £11,280 | September 2017 start - £11,846

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Overview

This course can extend your existing knowledge of applied linguistics so you learn to effectively teach English as a foreign language.

This Master’s programme provides specialist professional development for English Language teachers – or teachers to be – with a focus on both the theory and practice of teaching English as a Foreign Language (ELT/TESOL) in a variety of contexts – for example from lower intermediate (B1) level in adult settings in the UK to higher intermediate level (B2) in Higher Education settings in China or Nigeria, depending on the learners’ needs and wants.

Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced teacher, students engage in innovative teaching techniques and digital learning tools, such as learning to learn with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). You will observe English classes within the University and undertake microteaching practice. You will also have the opportunity to volunteer to teach English to adults and/or teach your own language on the Linguae Mundi programme as a paid placement.

Our School has a strong tradition and excellent reputation for educational and linguistics-related applied research. The teaching team includes Marina Orsini-Jones, Billy Brick, Hilary Nesi and Sheena Gardner who are national and internationally renowned experts on corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and English for academic purposes. We enjoy the highest level of satisfaction among postgraduate students on our course – 100% overall in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies

CMI (Chartered Management Institute)

As part of this course you will study Global Professional Development, a beneficial new 10-credit module developed in partnership with the CMI (Chartered Management Institute). Students who successfully complete the module and meet the CMI evidence requirements will gain an L7 Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management and an L7 Award in Professional Consulting.

What our students say...

We live in a world that is surrounded and enhanced by technology, so when I saw that the MA offered a module regarding the relation between English teaching and technology, I thought I could gain a different perspective in teaching English using technology and developing digital literacies and I was right.

I also love being part of a multicultural classroom where I can exchange knowledge and experience related to English language teaching with other classmates from different countries. This enables me to have a closer view of what is required to be an English teacher depending on the context, country or culture you belong to.

Barbara Lizeth Conde Gafaro, Colombia, MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, current student 2016/17

Course information

The course is designed to improve your teaching abilities, developing your understanding of the theory and practice of English language learning and teaching and knowledge of English as it is spoken and written in the UK and the rest of the world.

Students will study core modules covering language teaching theories and methods, linguistic analysis for language teaching and developing teaching materials. Depending on career aspirations and personal interests, students can also choose from a broad range of optional modules. These include areas such as Business English, Teaching English through Literature, Sociolinguistics and Understanding Academic English.

You will be introduced to the role played by new technologies for learning, teaching and communicating, as well as cutting-edge teaching techniques, such as flipped classroom and Web 3.0 blended learning Building on theories learned. We aim to deepen your knowledge of learning strategies by observing experienced teachers in a variety of face-to-face and blended-learning settings, including University lectures on English for Academic Purposes and English for Business.

You will also reflect on your own professional development as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language; you will be given different teaching scenarios and you will have to discuss how the different settings will affect your teaching approach. For example, we will practise teaching the same unit in the amphitheatre (‘the grass’) in the Disruptive Media Laboratory in the Library first and in a traditional classroom second, to highlight how the setting can affect teaching choices and learners’ reactions.

The course includes a major project for which students will plan, undertake and present an original piece of advanced research. The dissertation process is fully supported by taught sessions and tutorials. Subject matter varies considerably, but some examples of past students’ topics include: an analysis of relevance in academic reports written by Chinese undergraduate students at the University; a comparison of the beliefs of Polish secondary school English teachers with the post-method pedagogy teaching tenets; an exploration of subject specific teaching materials in pre-sessional English courses at a UK University; and a corpus-based study of online intercultural exchanges to inform the teaching of intercultural communicative competence and cyberpragmatics for academic purposes.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Theories, Approaches and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching: Provides an in-depth consideration of the theories of second language acquisition and illustrates their links to approaches and methods of language teaching. We will look at second language acquisition and learning from linguistic, psychological and sociological perspectives. We will consider whether and to what extent the learners’ background, situation and circumstances should or do influence the teaching approaches adopted.
    • Developing Language Teaching Materials: We will cover how to evaluate and develop in an informed way materials used for English language teaching. We examine the materials development process, different teaching and learning approaches, learner needs and factors which impact on the development of materials. We also consider language assessment and independent learning materials. 
    • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse: We will teach basic text analysis skills involving systemic functional grammar and genre analysis. This includes how to evaluate and select different approaches to discourse analysis to suit specific educational and research purposes, such as needs analysis, syllabus design and materials selection and evaluation.  

     

    Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Sociolinguistics and English Language Teaching 
    • Teaching English Through Literature 
  • Semester 2

    • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher: English language teachers need to have a fundamental grasp of the core systems of language, especially the grammar and the phonology of the language being taught. You should gain an understanding of the grammar and phonology of the English language and have the opportunity acquire the metalanguage and knowledge to compare and contrast grammar and phonology in the English language with another language (typically your own first language). This will enable you to analyse non-native texts produced by students of English from your own teaching context and identify errors and non-native aspects of production. 
    • Teaching English in Higher Education: You will be introduced to the teaching, learning and assessment of English in Higher Education in the UK. You will engage in peer reviews and observations of teaching and microteaching sessions. We cover the core principles underpinning pedagogic planning and you will then practise session plan design, deliver and evaluate your teaching. You should learn how to support students both face-to-face and online and to give effective and consistent feedback
    • Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice: You should become familiar with the theory and practice of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for English Language Teaching (ELT). You will be introduced to current developments into new and emerging technologies, such as social networking software and Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL), developing your own digital literacies.
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy

     

    Optional modules (1 of the following):

    • Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy 
    • Business English 
    • Understanding Academic English 
  • Semester 3

    September start:

    • Dissertation in English Language Teaching/Applied Linguistics

In more detail...

  • Option to volunteer and gain valuable experience of teaching to adults. Subject to interview and English proficiency.
  • Opportunity to obtain paid placements both in the UK and overseas. Subject to interview and English proficiency.
  • Exchange ideas in the classroom and online with experienced language teaching professionals – students and staff – from many different backgrounds, cultures and countries.
  • Opportunity to enhance your critical thinking and judgment, developing the communication skills employers are looking for.
  • High levels of satisfaction among our postgraduate students – 100% overall in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.

Our graduates have become lecturers in Jordan, in China and Nigeria; course directors of pre-sessional courses in the UK or managers of private schools.

Taught via a mixture of face-to-face contact, online tasks and formative work, this course is primarily taught over one year full-time. You can start in September, January or May. A part-time programme is available for UK/EU applicants, typically taking two years to complete.

The full-time programme runs over three semesters. You normally take four 15-credit modules in Semester One, four 15-credit modules and the 10 credit CMI module in Semester Two and complete a dissertation in Semester Three.

You will be asked to submit a diagnostic task on arrival, normally a short essay Following its assessment, you will be signposted to dedicated English for Academic Purposes support if needed.

The delivery of all modules is supported by an online learning environment that is used, for example, to display content material, to submit assignments and provide electronic feedback, to discuss seminar topics (discussion forums), to design student-centred glossaries and to engage in online assessment and practice.

The course covers a range of teaching and learning theories, supported by practice; you will have opportunities to practise teaching, observe teaching, draw up teaching plans, assessment strategies and experience marking in a Higher Education context."

Teaching methods include:
lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions and seminars.

Meet our staff

Marina Orsini-Jones

Principal Lecturer in English

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A variety of assessed tasks have been integrated into this programme, offering you a stimulating assessment experience, which enables you to reflect on your work and better prepare you to assess work in future professional contexts.

Each module will normally have two assessment tasks and you will receive feedback on the first task before submitting the second one. The assessment tasks include: presentations, essays and reports, corpus-based syllabus and course design, microteaching, reflective test design, e-learning object design in group, seen in-class tests and peer observation reports.

The external examiners have commented very positively on the variety, innovation and appropriateness of the assessment tasks on this programme. For example, in 2015/2016 the External Examiner (Dr Pamela Rogerson-Revell from the University of Leicester) wrote in her report:

“There is clear evidence that assessments are well related to learning outcomes. The variety of assessment types is a strong feature of the programme.”

This is mirrored by the report by the previous external examiner, Dr Gibson Ferguson from the University of Sheffield, who stated:

“The assessment tasks are of good quality – well-conceived, often imaginative, and in many cases appropriately practical, matching well with the intended learning outcomes. I commend this.

On successful completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Theories, approaches and methods relating to language learning and teaching.
  • The critical evaluation of learning materials and the pedagogical principles underlying the creation of new ones.
  • The core systems of grammar and phonology for English Language Teaching (ELT).
  • The links between theory and practice relating to teaching English in Higher Education.
  • The theory and practice of how computer assisted language learning/mobile assisted language learning can be integrated into English language learning and teaching.
  • The management of the learning environment
  • The principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership


On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Retrieve large amounts of information from databases and other relevant sources and keep records effectively.
  • Analyse and interpret data and synthesise complex information from a range of sources, making a critical assessment of its significance.
  • Critically examine a range of opinions and ideas.• Deal with complex issues in a systematic and creative manner, and demonstrate initiative in tackling and solving problems.
  • Utilise advanced techniques and tools relevant to the collection, analysis or presentation of linguistic data.
  • Deliver micro-teaching sessions that demonstrate an understanding of both relevant teaching techniques and teaching theories.
  • Engage in teaching observations and write teaching observation reports.
  • Write reflective reports.

You will normally be taught for three hours per week for 11 weeks for each 15-credit module. If you study four modules per semester full-time, you will have an average of around 12 hours contact teaching each week for 11 weeks in the first and second semesters. The 50-credit dissertation or portfolio will be taught face-to-face for a total of around 25 hours in semesters two and three and will be supported by a total of five hours of personal tutorials with your supervisor. You will also attend four three-hour seminars for the CMI module in Semester 2.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake around 15 hours of guided and self-directed study per module each week, including guided study using handouts, and online activities.

This course is focused on enabling graduates to develop the skills to work and teach English all over the world. As such, international perspectives are fully embedded in the curriculum and you will learn to appreciate the impact of different cultures and backgrounds on teaching strategies.

One of the most popular aspects of the course is the multicultural experience offered by recruiting students from different backgrounds, cultures and international experiences. You will regularly work collaboratively with fellow students, engaging in debates, discussions, group work and team projects.

If you start in September or January, there is the opportunity to attend international study trips organised in collaboration with the Centre for Global Engagement. In 2015, students went to Sicily (Italy) to study how English was taught in a secondary school through CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). In 2016, students went to Utrecht to discuss blended learning and observe English classes there. The study trip is an integral component of the curriculum and links to the modules on theory and practice of language learning and teaching and with materials design.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

The modular programme makes it a particularly attractive option for me as I have the chance to shape my education in line with my interests, skills and experiences. For instance, the course provided the opportunity to observe English language classes and undertake microteaching practice. Not only does this course give me a chance to accumulate knowledge in terms of pedagogical theories about English language teaching, but it also provides the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications and membership of the Chartered Management Institute, which gives me a real competitive advantage to make my job applications really stand out in the job market. The University is renowned for its high quality teaching, outstanding student support and state-of-the-art facilities and the support from staff has been fantastic.

Minh Tuan Phi, Vietnam, MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, current student 2016/17

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a good honours degree (2:2 or above).

Applicants with degrees other than English can also apply.

Applicants should hold a good honours degree (2:2 or above).

Applicants with degrees other than English can also apply.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants should hold a good honours degree (2:2 or above).

Applicants with degrees other than English can also apply.

Alternatively, applicants will need Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; Certificate of Advanced English Grade A or B or CEFR B2/C1.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5. overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

My attraction to the course was the teaching methodology, microteaching and the state-of-the-art digital learning tools which will help me to explore better teaching techniques to be able to face current challenges in the present technological world. We have gone on fieldtrips to Birmingham to attend a book presentation by David Crystal, a famous linguist, and to the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science museum in London as part of our task-based language teaching exercise. We will also be going to Utrecht in the Netherlands to meet some of the online students we engaged with for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). These experiences have made me enjoy the course so far. Already, it has improved and changed my perspective about teaching.

Gladys Bulus, Nigeria, MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, current student 2016/17.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

January 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

January 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £5,799 | September 2017 start - £6,212 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

January 2017 start - £11,280 | September 2017 start - £11,846 (per year)


May 2018

January 2017 start - £11,280 | September 2017 start - £11,846 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

My attraction to the course was the teaching methodology, microteaching and the state-of-the-art digital learning tools which will help me to explore better teaching techniques to be able to face current challenges in the present technological world. We have gone on fieldtrips to Birmingham to attend a book presentation by David Crystal, a famous linguist, and to the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Science museum in London as part of our task-based language teaching exercise. We will also be going to Utrecht in the Netherlands to meet some of the online students we engaged with for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). These experiences have made me enjoy the course so far. Already, it has improved and changed my perspective about teaching.

Gladys Bulus, Nigeria, MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, current student 2016/17.

Career prospects

An estimated 250,000 native English speakers work as English teachers abroad in more than 40,000 schools and language institutes around the world, so there is a demand for teachers of English in language schools, private schools, state schools, universities and colleges throughout the world.

In addition to classroom teaching, this course should provide you with the chance to develop skills to perform roles such as materials developer, resource manager and examiner. It can also lead to a variety of careers associated with teaching English or the use of English Language, including education management, academic consultancy, journalism, information management and human resources, among others.

Recognised the world over as evidence of advanced skills and knowledge, a Master's degree can assist you to secure professional advancement. It can provide access to senior management posts in both private and state educational institutions around the world.

Our Futures employment team offers tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific job destinations. We are unique in offering postgraduate students career support within the School of Humanities through an employment personal tutor who can check your curriculum vitae/resume’, support you with preparation for interviews and help with writing covering letters for job applications. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from this course have gone on to establish either teaching or educational management careers overseas in a range of countries, including New Zealand, China, Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Libya, Bahrain and Pakistan, as well as here in the UK. You may also wish to continue your studies at PhD level (subject to obtaining a merit mark and having the appropriate IELTS score for PhD studies).

What our students say...

The main reason I decided to apply and study this particular course at Coventry University was because of the fantastic range of modules available to study. Not many universities offered modules such as ‘Teaching in Higher Education’ and ‘Computer Assisted Language Learning’. These modules, plus other such as ‘Theories and Methods’ and ‘Developing Materials’, provided me with the skills and tools required to become an English Teacher. I was also drawn to this course because of the balance between the practical and theoretical side of teaching; I loved that I was able to learn about theoretical methods and also have the opportunity to observed and participate in micro-teaching sessions. One of the greatest things about the MA programme was having the opportunity to travel to and research in Sicily for my dissertation where I was able to explore different teaching practices, theories and broaden my cultural awareness. I was able to learn and understand different learning and teaching practices as well as analyse and reflect upon my own beliefs about teaching and learning. This has helped me tremendously both professionally and personally; I am able to take what I have learned throughout the year and implement it within the classroom which has helped build up my confidence and ability to cater towards the different needs of students.

 

“The main reason I decided to apply and study this particular course at Coventry University was because of the fantastic range of modules available to study. Not many universities offered modules such as ‘Teaching in Higher Education’ and ‘Computer Assisted Language Learning’. These modules, plus other such as ‘Theories and Methods’ and ‘Developing Materials’, provided me with the skills and tools required to become an English Teacher. I was also drawn to this course because of the balance between the practical and theoretical side of teaching; I loved that I was able to learn about theoretical methods and also have the opportunity to observed and participate in micro-teaching sessions. One of the greatest things about the MA programme was having the opportunity to travel to and research in Sicily for my dissertation where I was able to explore different teaching practices, theories and broaden my cultural awareness. I was able to learn and understand different learning and teaching practices as well as analyse and reflect upon my own beliefs about teaching and learning. This has helped me tremendously both professionally and personally; I am able to take what I have learned throughout the year and implement it within the classroom which has helped build up my confidence and ability to cater towards the different needs of students.”
Kirenjeet Kaur Sidhu, MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, graduated in 2016, now Academic Coach (English) at Holly Lodge High School 
Kirenjeet Kaur Sidhu, MA English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, graduated in 2016, now Academic Coach (English) at Holly Lodge High School
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