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Degree type

MA

Course length

1 year

Location

Durham City

Program code

Q3K807

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Course details

The English Language Centre's MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL course offers excellent opportunities for experienced language teachers to develop careers in English language teaching.

The course is designed for anyone with an interest in the wider aspects of teaching English as a foreign language, combining innovative classroom practices with an understanding of issues such as language structure and research methodology.

Course Structure

The course offers a core of syllabus design and assessment, with greater depth provided through further required modules focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of the English language and on classroom practice. You will then have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge base by taking three or four further optional modules covering a wide range of relevant areas. The MA is completed by a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Second Language Development: Perspectives for Teaching
  • Dissertation: Includes Research Methods programme
  • Language for Teaching
  • Advanced Teaching Practice: The Reflective Practitioner.

Examples of optional modules:

Previous optional modules have included:

  • Evaluation and Assessment
  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes
  • Teacher Training, Development and Education
  • World Englishes
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
  • Discourse, Texts and TESOL
  • English Language Teaching Management
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Pragmatics and the Language Classroom.

You can also choose to study an optional module offered to students across the University as one of your four options:

  • Foreign Language.

MA streams:

You can choose to further focus your Masters qualification through our programme streams. To qualify, you must choose the optional module and complete your dissertation in the same topic area.

Learning

ELC MA courses are delivered via lectures, seminars, practical sessions and micro-teaching sessions, giving you a solid grounding in both the theoretical and practical aspects of the field. In many cases, contact hours will be a mixture of these approaches (rather than, say, a session consisting solely of a two-hour lecture). The balance will depend on the particular module, with some more suited to a lecture/seminar approach, others being of a more practical nature.

The focus throughout the courses is on independent learning and student engagement, you are expected to participate in presentations, micro-teaching and the like. The average weekly number of contact hours over the first two terms is 12, you will fill the remaining time with reading, class preparation and assignments.

In addition, starting in the first term, you will attend a series of dissertation sessions (typically 2 hours per fortnight) culminating in a poster conference in the third term. You are assigned a dissertation supervisor, and can expect three or four meetings during the third term and the summer.

You will have an academic tutor, with whom you will meet on average once a term and all staff have office hours.

Entry requirements

A good first degree (normally a UK 2.1 or equivalent) plus at least one year of English language teaching experience.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £9,550 per year
EU students £20,750 per year
Island students £9,550 per year
International students £20,750 per year

Part Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £5,300 per year
EU students £11,500 per year
Island students £5,300 per year
International students £11,500 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Department information

Durham Centre for Academic Development

Durham Centre for Academic Development provides high-quality English language teaching and language teacher training and development expertise. It caters for students at all levels: pre-university entry,undergraduate and postgraduate. The Centre’s strong provision and expertise in English language teaching, teacher education and academic skills development plays a central role in supporting teaching and learning and enhancing the experience of both UK/EU and international students at Durham. With a large variety of tailor-made programmes to suit the needs of students at all levels, English language teaching, academic development and teacher education courses have a significant role in the University.

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