English Language Teaching  MA

English Language Teaching MA

School of Language and Global Studies


Post- graduate





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    Full time: One Year Part-Time: Two to three years. We advise the full-time route

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Why study this programme?

The MA in ELT will enable you to develop a strong foundation of knowledge about teaching English, as well as skills for classroom practice. You will be introduced to important theories about language teaching and learning, and links between theory and practice are continually emphasised throughout the course.

This postgraduate course provides a unique opportunity for students to enter the field of ELT without having had prior teaching experience. There are five modules in total, which together enable you to experience varied and innovative perspectives of ELT. You will learn about methods and approaches to teaching, and also focus on practical and observational skills. There is a strong focus on developing your language awareness by exploring grammatical, lexical and phonological aspects of language as well as features of discourse. You will also learn about the principles of testing and research methods and be engaged in professional development activities.  The course therefore enables you to develop the reflective and analytical skills you need to become a professional in the field. There is the opportunity for eligible candidates to gain recognised external qualifications at the end of the course.


Entry Requirements

A 2.2 level undergraduate degree

An IELTS score of 6.5 including a 6.5. in writing. 

Programme at a Glance

Semester 1

  • Methodology in ELT
  • About Language
  • Principles of Testing
  • Dissertation

Semester 2

  • Methodology in ELT
  • About Language
  • Professional Development
  • Dissertation

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

Find out more about Postgraduate courses at our Postgraduate Advice Event on 23 June 2019

Further Information

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

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Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2019/20

Full-time: £6,700 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £3,345 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

We have many links with great employers in ELT, both in the UK and overseas, and these periodically visit the campus for employment and recruitment events. We also keep you in touch with new opportunities and job advertisements both external and those linked to the University and its partnerships. 

Learning Environment and Assessment

The taught sessions are designed to be interactive, and you are expected to participate and engage with the varied discussions and activities involved.  Tutors will demonstrate  teaching techniques and approaches in these sessions so that you experience how these can enhance learning. You may be set pre-session activities or reading and are always expected to follow up sessions with background reading provided.

There are various events organised in the School, including a series of ‘Research Seminars’, which you are strongly encouraged to attend. We invite external speakers to present as well as staff within the School, providing a really stimulating range of talks. We also advertise and link up to conferences, and organise online streaming of live sessions.

Students can use the Worldwise Learning Centre which provides a comfortable study environment as well as a rich range of resources for language learning and culture. Students can also learn a new language using a computer software package available in the Centre. The University library offers a huge range of resources and facilities for study, with  support from a team of friendly staff. We organise a library induction tour for you, so that you can make the most of its fabulous resources.

The members of the Course team are all experienced teachers, teacher-trainers and engaged in research activities. Their interests include second language acquisition, pragmatics, testing and assessment, language learning technologies, language teacher identity and professional development.

Course Leader: Josie Leonard

Module Tutors:

  • Tania Horak
  • Gordon Dobson
  • Nicola Halenko
  • Neil Walker
  • Chris Mc Guirk
  • Jane Cleary