Students on this programme complete four compulsory 30 credit modules covering research methods, key issues in linguistics, theories of second language acquisition and English language teacher education.
These taught modules form Part 1 (120 credits) of the degree.
In Part 2 (60 credits) students will write a research dissertation under the supervision of an experienced, research-active academic.
Teaching on Part One of the programme will follow the type and range of methods and approaches undertaken at postgraduate level and be a mix of styles, ranging from more formal lectures and whole-group study to small discussion groups, seminars, one-to-one tutorials. The programme will also benefit from various workshops and research seminar series that will operate alongside the delivery of the modules and will draw together students from across the programme (indeed where appropriate from across the campus).
The Institute of Education and Humanities is at the centre of an extensive network of schools and colleges and thus provides an excellent environment for research into language teaching.
As part of the module English Language Teacher Education (HPEN7005) students will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a school, college or within the University to gain first-hand experience in applying what they have learned to the English language classroom.
Our research-active teaching staff supports a wide range of research themes and methodological approaches, including classroom-based action research, bi- and multi-lingualism, language development in early childhood education, translation studies, intercultural communication and language politics.
The course is suitable for English language teachers already in employment who wish to gain a qualification at Master’s level or prepare for a doctorate in Education or Second Language Acquisition.
HPEN7002 Methods and Approaches in the Study of Language and Literature aims to equip you with the necessary foundations, skills and tools to undertake research in the areas of language teaching and literature.
HPEN7004 Key Issues in Linguistics aims to lay a solid theoretical and empirical linguistic foundation, enabling you to review and apply linguistic research to issues related to English language teaching.
HPEN7005 English Language Teacher Education provides postgraduate-level training for students who wish to learn about the theoretical, practical, and teaching aspects of teaching English, including curriculum design, lesson planning, teacher cognition and the classroom as a social context. Embedded in this module is an optional, 2-4 weeks long placement component.
HPEN7006 Current Theories of Second Language Acquisition examines how a second language is learned, and the cognitive, social and cultural processes involved.
HPEN7023 MA Dissertation (TESOL) You will apply your knowledge and skill to a clearly defined research project at Level 7.