Part-time: Three Years
The MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics (E-Learning) will provide you with an internationally recognised master’s degree that will enable you to progress to the next level in your career in language education. While you will study the same modules as you would on the full-time campus-based version of the course, you will be able to pursue the online route as a part-time student. The online format provides you with the flexibility to blend your career and postgraduate studies in a complimentary way. While this is a rigorous course which we expect you to complete within 2-5 years, it has been designed with the part-time adult learner in mind and incorporates a paced delivery method in which you will progress through each module as a group over a 12-week period.
A minimum of a lower second-class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) is usually required. Applicants should be able to demonstrate appropriate teaching experience in language education (typically at least 1-2 years), preferably in teaching English as a second language, and/or a recognised pre-service certificate (e.g. Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert. TESOL or equivalent). International students are required to prove an English level of 6.5 on IELTS (or equivalent), including a minimum of 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-scores.
The course combines a focus on principles and theories with a concern to help you develop practical skills, and is taught by people who are both academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right. It covers methodology, second language learning and acquisition, and language analysis.
You have to complete a total of nine modules (180 credits) incorporating the dissertation which is a triple module.
The core of the course covers three key areas: language teaching methodology, how second languages are learned or acquired, and the study of language itself. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic which you have a desire to investigate. You will have structured input on research methods and be allocated a supervisor to support your research. Students are encouraged to present their findings at UCLan postgraduate conferences, in refereed journals and at international conferences in the field such as IATEFL.
Optional Modules (three subject to availability):
Year 2 or 3
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The MA aims to equip you with an in-depth understanding of teaching methodology, lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. You will also have the opportunity to study for a range of optional modules in EAP, course and materials design, and computer-assisted language learning among others. Following the e-learning path will help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need, while also giving you the flexibility to study where you want, when you want.
Please contact the course leader with enquiries: Dr Gordon Dobson firstname.lastname@example.org
I thoroughly enjoyed this MA program … mainly due to its comprehensiveness. The courses offered ranged from linguistics and sociolinguistics through to the nature of second language acquisition and to research methodologies including action research all complemented with a study into course and materials design. The fact that it was offered online allowed me to apply the topics learnt as I continued teaching blending experience with study. There is no doubt that doing a master’s program entirely online demands strong self-disciplinary skills but the platform setup by UCLan along with the participatory tasks set by the courses’ discussion forum made the experience less isolating than it may have been otherwise. The online nature of the courses allows us to meet and talk with fellow teachers from all over the world which renders a rich sharing experience of the different teaching conditions and struggles each of us come across with the varying range of learners we work with. Finally, the success of the program for me was greatly due to the rich knowledge and experience of the instructors whose feedback was available to us a mouse-click away.
Richard Janosy, graduate 2016-17
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We have built up strong links with key employers within the world of ELT over a number of years and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.
Using a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment incorporating a range of collaborative Web 2.0 tools and a model of social learning, learners are provided with weekly activities that require self-directed study and structured team activities. Each module is based on a core textbook and you will have access to video input from your instructors and engage with reflective discussions and collaborative tasks where appropriate.
You will study the course entirely online using a virtual learning environment. Each module is structured and you will progress through the 12 weeks of input as a group. You are provided with weekly audio/video lectures, engage in structured discussion-based activities, as collaborative activities within your group as appropriate.
We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, practical projects, online discussions and group activities. Assessment in all cases is designed to promote deep learning and to aid your reflective, analytical and problem-solving skills.
Doing the MA has made me realise how much I enjoy teaching EFL and I believe having it will open doors for me to travel and work in different countries and perhaps one day be a teacher trainer myself
We currently have graduates working in ELT positions in schools, language institutes and universities in a variety of countries, including the UK, Japan, Malaysia, China, Thailand and Saudi Arabia. A number of our graduates progress to research degrees at the PhD level.
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