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  • Entry requirements
    This full-time taught course in the School of Education is suitable for educators and teachers in all phases of compulsory and post-compulsory education. It is also relevant for postgraduate students and users of Business English wishing to develop their skills and knowledge of English Language Teaching (ELT) to Masters' level. It is designed with both home-language and international English-speaking students in mind. It is particularly valuable to international candidates teaching English in their home countries. Course members will learn about historical and socio-cultural aspects of ELT across the globe as well as present-day teaching and research methods.
  • Academic Title
    Education (English Language Teaching) PgDip/MA
  • Course description
    Course programme
    The course is taught across two semesters and is best considered as three distinct phases:

    In Phase 1 (Semester 1) all students will complete a module in Academic English. You will also study past and present theory and practice of ELT, such as ELT methodology and sociocultural factors in teaching English as a foreign language. You will investigate more general themes in education pedagogy, policy and practice, including Early Years education, teaching for diversity and Special Educational Needs.

    In Phase 2 (Semester 2) you will study the principles and practice of second language acquisition. You will learn about curricular approaches to the teaching of English Language and Literature in the UK, including current ideology regarding the teaching, testing and assessment of literacy. There is also a module on teaching English through multimedia. A module on research methods in education will enable you to finalise the design of an individual, small-scale investigation, conduct a literature review in this area and produce a personal research proposal.

    The module entitled Dissertation, which runs across Semesters 1 and 2, will offer advice and guidance on how to access information and utilise educational resources at the university, how to consolidate and reflect on your learning experiences in each of the modules, also how to direct your personal and group learning towards the formulation and effective management of your own research project. Peer support and self-evaluation are vital features of all the modules, and in this module especially you will be encouraged to openly share and constructively critique each other's ideas and draft materials, prior to independent work on the dissertation.

    Phase 3 represents the point at which you complete your research project and submit your dissertation.

    Course structure
    Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

    Phase 1
    -Academic English
    -Education_Access and Management of Information
    -Comparative Curricula
    -Education_Diversity and Special Educational Needs
    -Education_Linguistics
    -Education_Peer Support and Self-Evaluation
    -Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching
    -Education_Reflective Teaching in Second Language Classrooms
    -Education_Research Methods on Foreign Language Teaching
    -Education_UK Education Policy and Practice

    Phase 2 (PgDip)
    -Education_Conducting a Literature Review
    -Education_Identification of a Research Problematic
    -Multimedia Approaches to the Teaching and Learning of English Language
    -Education_Politics and Ethics of Research in Education
    -Research Methods in Education
    -Education_Research Proposal
    -Second Language Acquisition
    -Teaching English Language and Literature
    -Education_Teaching, Testing and Assessment for Literacy

    Phase 3 (MA)
    -Dissertation

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