Teaching English for Academic Purposes MA

 
  

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Qualification
MA Teaching English for Academic Purposes by Distance Learning
Duration
2 years part-time plus dissertation
Entry requirements
An approved first degree with at least second class honours (or equivalent) or an approved professional qualification deemed to be equivalent to a second class honours degree.
Other requirements
Work experience: Applicants should have a min. of 9 months’ full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours of part-time experience) and be involved in classroom language teaching when they start the course. Consideration will be given to applicants whose first degree included English language teaching methodology components, or that they have attended a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course and have a min. of 2 months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience). Teaching experience calculation cannot include teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants with part-time English teaching experience/online teaching experience should show how their teaching hours have been calculated and provide evidence from employers of their online teaching experience. Offers can be made subject to original evidence (references/personal statement or work history) if the applicant appears to meet this requirement.
IELTS
IELTS 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements.

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September or February
Campus
Jubilee Campus
School/department
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.
 

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.
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Worldwide, there has been a significant increase in the demand for EAP teachers, and 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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Key facts

  • 200 years of experience in the field of education
  • 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
 

Course details

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.

To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.

Applying

To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:

Important dates
Start dateApplication deadlineFee year
12 February 2018 22 January 2018 2017/18
13 September 2018 6 August 2018 2018/19
11 February 2019 21 January 2019 2018/19

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.

 
 

Modules

Year one

Core

Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum (September starters begin with this module)

The module focuses on topics which have been the subject of recent discussion and research in the field of foreign and second language teaching. These include:

  • a historical review of language teaching methods and approaches
  • content vs process syllabus design in language teaching
  • humanism in language teaching
  • Communicative Language Teaching and Task Based Learning
  • areas of applied linguistics particularly relevant to teaching of productive skills, especially sociolinguistics and pragmatics
  • areas of applied linguistics particularly relevant to the teaching of receptive skills, especially psycholinguistics

You will be expected to read, understand and engage critically with the research presented on these topics.

 
Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Context, Language and Pedagogy (February starters begin with this module)

This module considers:

  • current status of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes
  • academic communities and contexts: knowledge creation, critical thinking and evidence-based reasoning
  • genre: communicative purpose, rhetorical organisation and stance
  • academic grammar and vocabulary
  • text processing and production
  • EAP learner identity, backgrounds and expectations
  • types of EAP courses based on needs, contexts and constraints
  • EAP classroom practice
  • EAP teachers: beliefs, identities and professional development
  • research philosophies and methods
 

Year two

Core

Issues in Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Current Developments and Debates

This module focuses on:

  • internationalisation of HE and its impact on English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • the features and effectiveness of EAP and the academic literacies approaches
  • English as the language for communicating research
  • researching academic practices: philosophies and innovative methods
  • teaching EAP to students with different English proficiency levels and in different contexts
  • the EAP practitioner: beliefs, identities and professional contexts
  • multimodal approaches to the analysis of EAP settings
  • cultural aspects to consider when implementing EAP pedagogy
  • collaboration between EAP practitioners and subject specialists
  • EAP future directions: challenges and opportunities
 

Optional

One of:

Assessment in Language Education

This module will look at:

  • purposes of assessment
  • types of assessment
  • communicative assessment
  • assessing the '4 Skills'
  • case studies of key international exams
  • current issues in language assessment
 
Managing Language Teaching and Developing Teachers

The module covers:

  • organisational structures and management of language teaching organisations (LTOs)
  • issues in marketing, finance and managing change
  • managing staff: staff selection, appraisal and relations, staff development
  • models of teacher learning
  • developing activities and materials for teacher training
  • observation of teachers
  • investigating the discourse of managing, training and teaching
 
Materials and Technology in Language Education

This module will look at:

  • the role of learning/teaching materials and resources
  • types and models of evaluation of materials and resources
  • the relationship between methodology and materials/resources
  • models of Technology Enhanced Langue Learning
  • mobile langue learning
  • computer mediated communication
  • the implications of materials and technology for teacher education
 
Teaching Languages to Younger Learners

The module focuses on key areas relating to the teaching of languages to younger learners and explores them from the perspective of both language learners and teachers. These include:

  • profiles and language needs of younger language learnersage-appropriate methodologies
  • multisensory, learner-centred activities, for example, stories, songs, films drama and play
  • cooperation, interactive interpersonal communication and integrated grammar
  • classroom management/organisation and the investigation of critical classroom incidents
  • an overview of theories and research relating to younger learners
  • engaging with culture and community
  • issues relating to bilingualism, multilingualism and translanguaging

You will be expected to read, understand and engage critically with the research presented on these topics.

 

Dissertation module

In year three you will write your dissertation:

Dissertation

This substantive piece of scholarship within the field of the course will normally be based on interests and skills you have developed in the course of the modules already studied. You will choose a topic in consultation with your course leader and an appropriate supervisor.

 

Timetable

You can download the timetable for 2017/18, but please note this is subject to change.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

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.

Employability and average starting salary

99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 
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Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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