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MA English Language Teaching (Distance Learning)

Course overview

Start date

September 2019

Subject area

Teaching and Education

Attendance

Part-time

Learning

Distance Learning

Course summary

This Master’s programme is the only one in London with an exclusive focus on ‘teaching’ encompassing the areas of TESOL and TEFL – as opposed to Applied Linguistics and is aimed at practising teachers as a form of continuing professional development.

Please note that the course is not a teaching qualification but an academic award which not only enhances job opportunities but also enables graduates to pursue further studies at a doctoral level. However, if you do not have enough classroom experience and want to become a qualified teacher of English as you study the MA, we offer a module (Teaching Practicum) leading to CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults). At UEL, the certificate can be obtained in only 12 weeks.*

Upon completion, our graduates normally apart from following a PhD route, also become teacher trainers, consultants and advisors in the areas of English Language Teaching and Education, publishers, and school managers, among other high-stake posts.

Speaking our native language comes naturally. Acquiring a second language is a much more complex undertaking that a skilled teacher can make easier. This fascinating course will give you a deeper understanding of the field of English language teaching in the UK and in a global context. It addresses the language systems of English, as well as reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also examine second-language acquisition theories and the impact that these have on English language teaching pedagogy.

You will explore the implications of the global spread of English, the rise of ‘new Englishes’ around the world and the political and cultural dimensions of teaching English as an international language.
Ultimately, the course will open up exciting and stimulating career opportunities, both nationally and internationally, as a teacher of English or as someone who will shape the future of English language teaching.

*A minimum additional fee applies, this option is only available to on-campus students.

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If you have any questions, please contact our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk

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Flexible study

This distance learning course has been designed with flexibility in mind. It allows working teachers the freedom to continue working while pursuing their studies and you can complete it in anything from two to six years.

Tutors with first-hand experience

Tutor knowledge on the course is informed by first-hand experience of English language teaching in the classrooms of east London, with its rich multilingual and multicultural heritage.

Collaborative learning

The course is grounded in collaborative learning, which means that your knowledge will be enhanced and informed by the direct experiences of your fellow students as much as by your tutors.

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What we're researching in our School

At Cass School of Education and Communities we have developed an expertise on language education, in particular, teaching and learning in multicultural contexts. Dr Mario Moya, Programme Leader for the MA English Language Teaching, focuses his research on second language acquisition and the role of language learning strategies in second/additional languages. He is a Consultant for the British Council and works in cooperation with Universities worldwide to improve teacher and learning in English-medium instruction environments. The MA in English Language Teaching is linked to the Higher Education and the Teacher Education Research Groups.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

Fees and funding

£10,280 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,906 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below is some of the funding available to support you in your studies:

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There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL
•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer
Full information on making payments can be found here
 
If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2974 or you can email creditcontrol@uel.ac.uk

Below are some ideas on how to fund your postgraduate study:
  •     Apply for a Postgraduate Loan 
  •     Take advantage of UEL scholarships and bursaries
  •     Ask your employer to sponsor your study
  •     Study part-time so you can work at the same time
  •     Look at Research Council Awards

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We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK/EU
£1,210
Per 30 credit module
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

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Degree
Minimum 2.2 Honours in Social Sciences or Humanities subject (e.g. Languages, English, Education, Psychology)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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Evidence of relevant classroom experience
Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Please note that some courses require applicants to meet the entry requirements outlined on the course page. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre.

What you'll study

We consistently review and develop our courses and modules to ensure they are up-to-date with sector and industry graduate skills demands. Course structure, modules and options are subject to change.

  • Second Language Acquisition and ELT (core)
  • Applied Research Project in ELT (core)
  • Language Awareness for ELT (core)
  • Approaches to Teaching and Learning in ELT (optional)
  • Teaching and Learning ELT (Mental Wealth) (core)

How you'll be assessed

Due to the practical nature of the course, there are no examinations. Assessment is by a 14,000-word dissertation and written assignments for each module (either one of 5,000 words or two of 2,500 words each). Assignments vary in form and may include essays, book or article reviews, the creation and evaluation of pedagogic materials and small-scale action research projects. Research methods training is an integral part of the dissertation and forms part of the overall assessment.

Course specification

How you'll learn

Teaching on the course is carried out exclusively by distance learning, supported by online group discussion and independent study.

There will be an introductory tutorial on the uses of WebCT two weeks before the course begins and you will receive an introduction to distance learning.

Because we want you to develop a sense of community with your fellow students on the course, we have devised a series of online ice-breaker activities to help you become familiar with each other as well as the nature of online research.

You will study one module per term. Each module consists of reading material and a series of self-check and interactive tasks in which you discuss the issues raised in the light of your own teaching context and educational background.

As a distance learning student, you are required to study between 12 and 15 hours a week. You will be in communication with and supported by the module tutors through email, Skype or Moodle (our virtual learning environment), which you will also use to submit your coursework.

Additionally, you will be able to access our state-of-the-art library and online resources to support your learning and professional development, just as if you were studying on campus.

What you'll learn

The course consists of four modules and a dissertation, which includes research methods training. 

It is informed by a variety of areas within the field of applied linguistics, ranging from a description of English to an examination of how a language is acquired.

For instance, in the Second Language Acquisition module, you will learn about the developmental stages of language acquisition and how learning a second language when the brain has matured differs from learning your first language during the various stages of childhood.

In the ELT and its Contexts module, emphasis is placed on the sensitivity to local culture and beliefs and how they inform your teaching.

For example, how do you avoid coming across as patronising? And how can you incorporate an inter-language stage such as Indian English or Malaysian English into the teaching process so that your learners do not feel alienated by a language that belongs to a different culture and tradition?

Through study and active data collection, you will also become familiar with the principles and practice of action research.

Your future career

The MA English Language Teaching degree is partly a professional qualification, which will make it much easier to secure a job teaching English to speakers of other languages. This could be in the UK in a mainstream school or a specialist language school, or abroad, anywhere in the world.

Perhaps you already have a BA in English Language Teaching or have a degree in a different subject with a certificate in language teaching.

If so, this course will upgrade your professional standing and afford you promotion opportunities within the education sector. 

For example, you could become the head of English language teaching in your school or the leader of the school’s English as a Second Language (ESL) panel.

Instead of teaching, you could choose a different route, perhaps taking up a government position as a curriculum coordinator or as a member of the board for a certain subject, helping to devise language learning policies and learning materials. 

That could be in your home country if you are one of our international students. Past graduates have gained this sought-after qualification in order to secure high-ranking positions within the education department in their countries.

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