This course is suitable if you are looking to take the journey of developing a career in the fast-growing area of Chinese language education in the UK or worldwide.
It is also for current Chinese language teachers keen to build on knowledge and experience, and for teachers of other subjects intending to move into this field, as well as those interested in course design, management or teacher training, both in the UK and internationally.
Our teaching is informed by leading research and we offer optional modules which reflect the latest in applied linguistics and language teacher education. You will learn in a modern, high-tech learning environment within a diverse and vibrant learning community of second and foreign language education, primary, secondary and higher education.
We offer a range of support including interactive, collaborative teaching methods, individual tutorials, opportunities to pursue your professional and research interests, access to extensive study materials and free support for developing proficiency in academic English.
Through this course, you will:
- gain knowledge and experience of research and current issues in languages teaching and learning
- develop your critical understanding of developments in TCSOL theory and practice
- prepare to design and deliver Chinese language programmes in various local and global teaching contexts
- obtain an internationally-recognised masters degree
- prepare for a career in Chinese teaching, course design or teacher training in education and relevant professions, in the private or public sector
- be ready to commence doctoral studies in applied linguistics, education and social science
You may have opportunities to visit schools, engage in teaching practice, attend talks given by invited speakers and participate in external workshops.
- Dr Xin Gao (contact for academic enquiries)
Academic English preparation and support
If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent. You could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.
- 200 years of experience in the field of education
- 4th in the UK and 24th worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018
- 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
- Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum
- Understanding L2 Chinese Learning and the Learner
- Exploring TCSOL in Context
- Assessment in Language Education
- Managing Language Teaching and Developing Teachers
- Materials and Technology in Language Education
- Teaching Languages to Younger Learners
You will be expected to read, understand and engage critically with the research presented on these topics.
This substantive piece of scholarship within the field of the course will normally be based on interests and skills you have developed in the course of the modules already studied. You will choose a topic in consultation with your course leader and an appropriate supervisor.
You can view an example timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the various online timetable systems..
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.
Employability and average starting salary
99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.
2:2 (or international equivalent), preferably with some experience of classroom language teaching, or a language teaching methodology component in previous course.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated November 1, 2018