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Teaching English for Academic Purposes MA


This course starts in September 2017.

This programme provides professional development for English language teachers and focuses on the theory and practice of teaching English for Academic Purposes. The course also draws on innovative research carried out by members of the School of Humanities, which includes work on genre, corpus linguistics, and lexicography.

A distinctive feature of the programme is that you will have opportunities to observe English Language classes in higher education and undertake microteaching practice. You will also develop digital expertise with state-of-the-art e-learning tools and focus on specific English for Academic Purposes issues relating to your own educational contexts.


This is a new programme, however, students on the ‘sister’ programme MA in English Language Teaching that has been running since academic year 2009-2010, state that staff provide them with excellent academic and pastoral support and that their learning experience is very positive. (Evidence from module and course evaluation questionnaires in both Academic Year 2013-2014 and Academic Year 2014-2015).

The course also focuses on the future world of work and students may apply for part-time paid teaching opportunities and work placements within Coventry University, including placements overseas.

The assessment on the programme is varied and includes essays, reports, presentations, digital learning object design, microteaching and seen in-class tests. The course also offers extra-curricular activities, such as participation in lectures and workshops with renowned visiting applied linguists and education experts.

There also is a free field trip relevant to the curriculum. In 2014, for example, we went to the British Museum in London and then designed intercultural teaching tasks based on the objects viewed at the museum (activity linked to the mandatory module on materials design). You will moreover be offered other field trips at competitive rates as they are supported by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and by the Centre for Global Engagement.


You 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 EAP settings;
  • explore testing and course design for EAP;
  • evaluate course delivery for EAP;
  • have opportunities to practise teaching and observe experienced EAP teachers in a variety of face to face and blended learning settings.

The Mandatory (Compulsory) modules are:

  • Theories, Approaches and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching;
  • EAP Course delivery: Teaching, Learning and Feedback in the EAP classroom;
  • Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy;
  • Teaching English in Higher Education;
  • EAP Course Design and Language Testing;
  • Understanding Academic English.

In addition, you will choose 3 of the following option modules (2 x 15 and 1 x 60 credit): 

  • Developing Language Teaching Materials (15);
  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse (15);
  • Sociolinguistics and English Language Teaching (15);
  • Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher (15);
  • Business English (15);
  • Investigations in TEAP (15);
  • TEAP Professional Practice Portfolio (60);
  • Dissertation in TEAP (60).


The full-time, face-to-face, programme runs over three semesters. There are two entry points: September and January. Students normally take four 15-credit modules in semester 1, four 15-credit modules in semester 2, and complete a Dissertation or Portfolio of Practice in semester 3. 

Modules are taught face-to-face with lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions and seminars. All students are asked to submit a diagnostic task on arrival (normally a short essay). One-to-one support is available for students who need practise in academic English writing.

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.

Students are also offered the opportunity to discuss English language teaching for Academic Purposes and analyse the English language with dedicated e-learning platforms for specific purposes (e.g. Corpus Linguistics tools). 

A Part-Time Programme is available for UK/EU applicants, and can be tailored to the needs of each applicant. Applicants with a DELTA will obtain Accreditation of Prior Learning.

If you are interested in one of these programmes, you should discuss it with the Course Director, Dr.Marina Orsini-Jones (


A variety of assessed tasks have been integrated into this programme to offer you a stimulating assessment experience and to enable you to reflect on your work, as the programme is designed to train teachers who will assess work themselves. Each module will normally have two assessment tasks and you will receive feedback on the first task before you submit the second one. The assessment tasks include seen examinations, presentations, essays and reports, corpus-based syllabus and course design, microteaching, reflective test design, e-learning object design in group and peer observation reports.

The external examiners have commented very positively on the variety, innovation and appropriateness of the assessment tasks on the English MA programme. For example in 2013-2014 the External Examiner commented: 'The assessment tasks are of good quality - well conceived, often imaginative, and in many cases appropriately practical, matching well with intended learning outcomes. I commend this.'


You will normally be taught for three hours per week for eleven weeks for each 15 credit module. As you will do four modules per semester, you will have an average of around 12 hours contact per week for 11 weeks in semesters 1 and 2. The 60 credit dissertation or portfolio will be taught face-to-face for a total of around 25 hours in semester 3 between May and August (Sept starters) or September-December (January starters). There will also be a total of 5 hours of personal tutorials with your supervisor in semester 3.

Entry Requirements

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

Applicants who are not native speakers of English need to have a proficiency level equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.0 in writing); or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above; Certificate of Advanced English Grade A or B or CEFR B2/C1. Applicants who do not hold a degree relevant to this programme may also apply.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

English looks likely to continue as the international language for the foreseeable future, and this MA programme leads to a variety of career destinations 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 will be well equipped to perform roles such as materials developer, resource manager and examiner.

The programme is particularly suitable for staff who teach on pre-sessional courses and need to explore the teaching and learning of English for academic purposes further.

Graduates from the MA in ELT are currently employed as professors in Jordan and China, as Pre-sessional Programme Coordinators in the UK and China and as Academic English Consultants for both the private and public sector, just to provide a few examples.


You will be provided support to find and apply for a work placement by dedicated staff in the careers office and in the Centre for Global Engagement.


You will be offered the opportunity to take part in the global leaders programme (additional fees apply, see further details below) that includes international experiences. There will also be international trips organised by the School in collaboration with the Centre for Global Engagement. As English is a global language, international perspectives on learning and teaching English are fully embedded in the curriculum.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Student Profile – Hao Chen

I'm now in Shanghai, teaching English in the Shanghai branch of the biggest private language school in China (…) I think that studying in Coventry University really helped me to grow as a teacher in many kinds of ways.



Course code:
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Blended - mix of online and classroom base


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