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English Language Teaching

  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day & evening)
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: 1 / 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


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.

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Arts and Humanities - Tom Britton MA English Language Teaching
Tom tells us about his life as a student studying MA English Language Teaching at Nottingham Trent University

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.

  • Modules

    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;
    • teaching reading and writing;
    • English for academic purpose; and
    • intercultural Communication.

    * (options subject to availability)

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 a 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.

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).

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.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please email our international team for advice.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

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.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

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MA English Language Teaching£7,200£3,600

All fees stated are for September 2020 entry.

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.

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.

The Dr Pauline Polkey Scholarship

The School of Arts and Humanities will be offering two full fee scholarships for UK students who have been offered a place to study on an eligible course which starts in September 2020. The deadline for applications is 16:00 GMT on 15 July 2020.Terms and conditions apply.

Please see our postgraduate scholarships page for more information.

Getting in touch

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

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

MA English Language Teaching£14,100

All fees stated are for September 2020 entry.

Please see our postgraduate fees, scholarships and bursaries page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

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