As English looks likely to continue as the international language for the foreseeable future, this MA programme could lead to a variety of careers in teaching the language and/or in education management. Qualifications of this kind are often seen as important for access to senior management posts in both private and state educational institutions around the world. In addition to classroom teaching, you should be well equipped upon successful completion to perform roles such as materials developer, resource manager and examiner.
This course will help you to expand your knowledge of current theoretical and practical aspects of language teaching research, pedagogy and practice. There are opportunities to develop your expertise in specialist fields, such as materials development, online and blended learning, mobile apps for language learning or spoken and written discourse.
All staff teaching on the programme are recognised experts in the field and contribute regularly to national and international conferences. Members of team have previously attended IATEFL 2016 Birmingham Conference Selections, BALEAP 2015 Leicester Conference Selections and Conference of the Americas on International Education. Our teaching team have also contributed to publications including Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée, Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics and International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT). Some have received national awards for their publications and for excellence in teaching, including Marina Orsini-Jones (https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/person/dr-marina-orsini-jones) is who a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
We adopt a task-based and problem solving approach to the study of language learning and teaching with an emphasis on the integration of new technologies, capitalising on our own research and expertise in mobile assisted language learning (MALL). For example, in the ‘Computer Assisted Language Learning, Past, Present and Future’ module, you will learn how to design a multimedia learning programme to teach English. Students will also experience new models of blended learning and reflect on them, such as how integrating a Massive Open Online Course within your syllabus can affect the learning experience of your students. Moreover, there will be opportunities to develop new approaches to vocabulary acquisition through the use of corpora.
A highlight of the course is the opportunity to undertake fieldtrips linked to the curriculum, both in the UK and overseas. Each year, we visit a museum in London to design task-based learning materials inspired by the artefacts viewed. Previous students have, for example, created a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) unit based on the history of the ancient Turkish swords displayed at the British Museum to teach history through English to secondary school pupils.
We offer extensive academic support, including dedicated academic skills support in English for Academic Purposes, as well as small group workshops and one-to-one tutorial sessions outside classroom time on demand. One of our tutors is bilingual Chinese/English and can provide additional support for Chinese students recruited to the programme.
You will be given the chance to participate in lectures and workshops with renowned applied linguists and education experts. Previously this has included Professor David Crystal (Birmingham City Library, October 2016), Professor Lixin Xia from Guandong University of Foreign Studies (Coventry University Confucius Institute, November 2016) and Professor Zoltan Dörnyei (University of Nottingham, April 2015.