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Practice of English Language Teaching MA

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  • Objectives
    The programme gives an in-depth introduction to the teaching of English and provides a strong practical foundation for future development. A practical teaching element is a central feature of the programme; students will participate in practice teaching sessions throughout their study period.
  • Entry requirements
    The MA in the Practice of English Language teaching at the University of Hertfordshire is a one year programme for graduates in English, with little or no teaching experience who want an initial preparation course in English Language Teaching at post-graduate level.
  • Academic Title
    Practice of English Language Teaching MA
  • Course description
    It is a twelve month full-time programme. The two taught semesters (Semester A & B) are examined by coursework and examinations and lead to a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Practice of English Language Teaching. These are followed by a dissertation in Semester C (June – September), successful completion of which will lead to an MA (PELT). The programme will cover the following areas:

    A practical introduction to the teaching on English.

    A teaching and learning-focused study of the English Language, including grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, texts, and genre.

    Study of the extent and range of uses of English.

    Theoretical insights into how languages are learned and taught (Jenny says remove “taught”).

    Methods of English language teaching and practical teaching sessions. Including needs analysis, syllabus design and materials production and evaluation, including use of technology and testing

    Research methods – preparation for research and dissertation.

    Dissertation – which will involve some collection and analysis of data

    Careers

    Graduates of the programme will be qualified for jobs teaching English at a range of levels in most countries of the world. They will be able to take on positions of responsibility at course design, and course management levels.

    Teaching methods

    The programme content will be covered by lectures introducing the various topics. The lectures will be supplemented with workshops, out of class reading and seminar discussions. Practical tasks and assignments supported by relevant theory and discussion will also be used. In the Practice of English Language Teaching modules, demonstration lessons showing a range of English language teaching methodologies will be given. Students will also observe lessons, discuss and evaluate the teaching of peers and experienced professionals and take part in supervised lesson planning and feedback on their own planning and teaching.

    Students will be required to work independently and as part of a group.

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