MA Teaching English for Academic Purposes

General

Program Description

Overview

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to become a competent, research-informed and innovative English for academic purposes (EAP) practitioner.

Worldwide, there has been a significant increase in the demand for EAP teachers. This growth has stemmed from the expansion of English as a medium of instruction, internationalisation of the higher education sector, increasingly dominant position of English as the language of education and research, and rapid expansion of access to higher education.

This course focuses on the development of teacher competencies to improve the academic literacy of students. It entails knowledge and skills that incorporate much more than basic mastery of classroom management skills and knowledge of language systems.

In order to achieve this, and as EAP is essentially interdisciplinary, this course draws on a wide range of intellectual sources including:

  • second language acquisition
  • applied linguistics
  • TESOL
  • psychology
  • sociology of education
  • epistemology and philosophy
  • ideology
  • cultural studies
  • media studies

Core elements provide a deep understanding of the role of EAP in academic contexts, academic discourse and literacies and appropriate EAP pedagogies.

You will develop your intellectual skills and enhance your teaching skills and understanding of EAP through activities which include collaborative work and engaging with academic staff.

You may also have the opportunity to attend an engagement event with alumni who will share their stories about their teaching context, career path, classroom episodes and continuing professional development.

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Course details

Detailed entry requirements

If an applicant has a first degree that includes a focus on language teaching theory and methodology or has successfully completed a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course, the experience required will be reduced to a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).

The teaching experience calculation should not include a teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants should show how hours for part-time English teaching experience have been calculated. Applicants who have online teaching experience will need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers (to be submitted at the time of application).

Structure

The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

Assessment

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Online course materials and support

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience. They allow you to make decisions about which aspects of a module to work on, when and at what pace. You'll be part of an online community contributing to weekly discussion activities which will help you stay motivated.

Entry requirements

2:2 level (or international equivalent). Applicants without a first degree but with an approved, relevant professional qualification will be considered on an individual basis; Minimum of nine months' full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours of part-time experience)

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)

Careers

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Last updated February 2019

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