The MA English Language Teaching (ELT) is a post-experience programme which provides English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers from the UK and overseas with the opportunity to reflect on their professional experience, develop a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of English language teaching and gain the skills and competencies required for leadership roles in ELT.
Introducing your course
Provide people all over the world with the ability to speak and communicate fluently in English and start building the foundation towards a rewarding and exciting career with a Masters course in English Language Teaching (ELT) at the University of Southampton. This MA degree provided by the University of Southampton can give you the tools needed to teach English effectively, through current issues in language teaching methodology to the critical appraisal of language teaching.
- Degree Awarded: MA
- Intake: 15-20
- Average applications per place: 4
The programme is offered by the Centre for Applied Language Research. Staff contributing to the programme are involved in the direct teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and other languages, research, and development work in applied linguistics and language learning, as well as sociolinguistics and cultural studies. This blend of theoretical expertise and ongoing practical experience is one of the distinguishing features of our programme.
Typical entry requirements
First- or upper second class honors degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages or a cognate discipline, plus a minimum of two years' professional experience
IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University
- Intake: 15-20
- Average applications per place: 4
- Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honors degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in English, modern languages, or a cognate discipline,
- plus a minimum of two years’ professional experience
- English language entry requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
- Selection process: Online application
Typical course content
The programme comprises eight taught modules (four core modules and four options) we well as a dissertation. Full-time students will take all taught modules during two semesters and complete their dissertation by the following September. Part-time students will take taught modules during four semesters, and complete their dissertation by the September of year two.
A postgraduate degree from Humanities at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of areas or to go on to further research.
Learning & Assessment
How will you learn?
On a postgraduate taught programme teaching is led by academic staff, allowing you to engage with, and contribute to, the world-leading research carried out in Humanities at Southampton. You will complete a core programme of research skills development in tandem with a series of modules which you select according to your personal aims and objectives. Each programme offers a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics who are experts in their chosen fields of research and who wish to engage you with their experience.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding through lectures, tutor-led and student-led seminars, tutorials, and workshops giving hands-on experience. You will develop your autonomous capability as a professional through a range of group and individual projects and investigations, supported by programme tutors; you will have opportunities to present your individual work, to organize and lead workshop activities, and provide peer feedback and support.
You will write some extended essays, but most modules will be assessed through a module portfolio containing a range of evidence demonstrating achievement of the module learning outcomes. This may take the form of shorter essays; annotated bibliography; critical research review; reports on design/ trialing of research instruments; reports on workshop tasks; records of oral presentations; data analysis tasks. The 15,000-word dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.
A masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as time management; problem-solving; teamwork; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.
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