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  • Entry requirements
    A good Honours degree in a related area is usually required. Applicants with recognised ELT qualifications may qualify for some accreditation of prior learning (APL). The programme welcomes new graduates and mature students with prior experience in other professions.
  • Academic Title
    English Language Teaching in Professional Contexts Master in Arts
  • Course description
    The English Language Teaching in Professional Contexts MA degree provides professional development for English language teachers. Whilst balancing theory and practice, this course aims to develop skills in language description and analysis with access to some of the most recent and relevant English language corpora.

    Reasons to choose English Language Teaching in Professional Contexts MA degree

    Students on the English Language Teaching in Professional Contexts MA will have the opportunity to:

        * observe English language classes
        * undertake teaching practice
        * develop expertise with state-of-the-art e-learning tools
        * focus on specific English language issues relating to their own educational contexts

    Future prospects

        * Teaching and management posts in higher and further education, and in international schools, independent tutorial colleges and sixth-form colleges.

        * Government/civil service posts in relation to staff support and development, curriculum and materials design, public communications.

        * Posts in industry and commerce which require a good understanding of the use of language for specific purposes (for example in the fields of publishing, conference organisation, the media, staff support and development).

    Course content

    Students on the English Language Teaching in Professional Contexts MA will:

        * Consider theory and practice relating to the use of English in professional settings, and the teaching and learning of English for professional life.
        * Develop skills in the evaluation and design of teaching and learning materials for English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP), including Business English.
        * Explore the role played by new technologies for learning, teaching and communicating.
        * Analyse the written and spoken genres of specific discourse communities, for example business meetings, research articles and academic lectures.
        * Have opportunities to practise teaching and observe experienced teachers in a variety of face-to-face and blended learning settings.

    Teaching, learning and assessment

    Students can choose to submit either a dissertation or a reflective portfolio of their own professional practice. They may also complete the final stage off campus.

    Work Placement

    Candidates may be offered the opportunity to undertake a (salaried) ten month overseas teaching placement in conjunction with the final stage of the programme.

    Expertise

    The programme team includes international experts on:

        * Corpus Linguistics
        * Computer Assisted Language Learning
        * Teaching English as a Foreign Language
        * Discourse and Varieties of English (including Business English)
        * Second Language Acquisition

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