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English Language Teaching MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year full-time or two - five years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This course is designed for experienced English as a Foreign Language teachers, who are seeking opportunities to enhance their professional development and career opportunities.

The profile of course participants is very international, including most recently Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland and the UK.

We also run MA TESOL if you have little or no prior English language teaching experience (less than two years).

Book a place on our next postgraduate open event here.

What you’ll study

This course integrates the theoretical and practical aspects of English language teaching. It aims to develop your in-depth knowledge and understanding of the links between teaching, academic research, and theories of language learning and teaching. It provides advanced training in skills for English language teaching, course design, materials development, and assessment.

Our teaching methods encourage active participation in group work, discussion and exchange of ideas, with the aim of developing students’ critical and analytical skills. We value the range of perspectives that students from different socio-cultural contexts bring to teaching and learning.

We provide one-to-one help with assignment and dissertation writing and are always happy to make appointments with students who want to talk privately about their work and progress.

Core modules

You'll take the following core modules:

  • Theory and Practice in Language Teaching (20 credit points): This module develops your understanding of a wide range of teaching methodologies for both general purpose teaching and for particular language elements and skills. It also introduces you to the theories and research findings from the field of second language acquisition with particular emphasis on instructed second language acquisition. You'll be able to critically evaluate the suitability of different teaching methodologies for promoting learning for particular student groups and teaching/learning contexts.
  • Analysing Language in Use (20 credit points): You'll develop your knowledge and skills in analysing language in use. It covers fundamental areas in language analysis for English language teaching practitioners. It also focuses on the collection of linguistic data from various social contexts and their analysis at different linguistic levels.
  • Course Design and Assessment (20 credit points): The module aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate different types of course and syllabus design and to design a course. You'll develop a critical understanding of principles and theoretical issues relating to course and syllabus design, through examination of different approaches to and descriptions of the course design process.
  • Research Methods (20 credit points): This module provides essential preparation for assignments and dissertations. You'll develop research skills and apply them to methodologies required for English Language Teaching research. In the first half, you'll analyse the key components in published research literature and critically evaluate the research design and methodology used. In the second half, you'll design a small-scale research project and conduct a pilot study to prepare for your dissertation.
  • Dissertation (60 credit points): The dissertation is a 15,000 word piece of independent work that builds upon the practical, theoretical and research skills of the MA course.

Optional modules

In addition to the core modules, you will be able to choose two of the following choice of 20-credit option modules*:

  • blended Learning and CALL: multimedia applications in language learning;
  • English for professional purposes;
  • materials development;
  • teacher education;
  • teaching English to young learners;
  • teaching speaking, listening and pronunciation;
  • teaching reading and writing;
  • vocabulary;
  • English for academic purpose; and
  • intercultural Communication.

* (options subject to availability)

Further information on what you'll study

Sam Barclay

Sam Barclay, Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) gives us an insight into his role and the benefits of english language teaching courses.

"The great thing about our course here at NTU is that it's so practical. Very few other courses in the UK offer students the chance to teach in front of real students. We also provide opportunities to observe others teach and give all our learners useful feedback. On the MA ELT course we work with students on teacher training - a fantastic opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and practice what they study." Read more...

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Pham Thi Xuan (Quynh)

I chose NTU because it is located in Nottingham, which is not too crowded, and the cost of living is affordable. I had been working for years, but I felt that a higher degree could advance my career.

Kimheng Thea

  I love the specific modules on my course. We also use teacher apps which help me to analyse myself with my career as a teacher and a teacher trainer in mind.

Thang Nguyen

What I love most about the course is how challenging it is, so in terms of career development, I think it’s the best preparation for the future.

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How you’re taught

Study methods and assessment

Assessment methods are designed to evaluate your ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical work and where possible to relate ideas and proposals to your own teaching context.

A range of assignment types are represented across the course including essays, practical tasks e.g. designing a course, portfolios, presentations, demonstration lessons and class tests.

Our teaching methods encourage active participation in group work, discussion and the exchange of ideas, with the aim of developing your critical and analytical skills. You are encouraged to observe real classes and interact with English learners and your MA TESOL peers, supporting their development whilst reflecting on your teaching practice.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Staff Profiles

Dr Amy Wang

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Language Centre

Dr Amy Wang is the Course Leader for MA English Language Teaching and MA TESOL at Nottingham Trent University. While her research specialises in pragmatics, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis,

James Cooper

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

James Cooper is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University specialising in second language pedagogy.

Samuel Barclay

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Samuel Barclay

Sarah Khan

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Sarah Khan

Octavia Harris

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Octavia Harris is the EFL and Business English Subject Coordinator for ULP.

Careers and employability

Your career development

This career focused course is designed to provide a pathway to posts in academic management, teacher-training or materials writing for experienced teachers. We have graduates working as English language teaching professionals, teacher trainers, textbook writers or university lecturers throughout the world.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is a vocationally focused course which aims to help you to achieve an English Language teaching post in your chosen country.

Alongside your postgraduate studies, you can count on the professional, industry-tailored support of our Employability team – each one of our Schools has its own dedicated careers consultant, specialising in postgraduate vacancies.

Postgraduate Student Conference

One of the highlights of the academic year is the Postgraduate Student Conference. This provides you with the opportunity to present your English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics Research Project. You will be able to discuss your research design and key issues, and gather feedback from your peers and academic staff.

Entry requirements

You will need the following:

  • a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent.
  • two years' full-time English language teaching / TESOL experience (or equivalent).
  • Alternatively, we accept five years' English language teaching / TESOL experience without a degree (non-graduates).

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need the equivalent to:

  • a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2).
  • two years' full-time English language teaching / TESOL experience.
  • Alternatively, we accept five years' English language teaching / TESOL experience without a degree (non-graduates).

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2022

CourseFull time Home (UK) tuitionPart time Home (UK) tuition*
MA English Language Teaching£7,700£3,850
PGDip English Language Teaching£5,135£2,570

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look

at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Tuition fees for September 2022

CourseFull time International and EU tuitionPart time International and EU tuition*
MA English Language Teaching£14,800£7,400
PGDip English Language Teaching£9,870£4,935

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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