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English Language Teaching
Postgraduate course
MA

English Language Teaching

You can study this course part-time over two or three years, on campus or by distance learning. The on-campus full-time, one year and part-time, two year routes are eligible for the government postgraduate loan scheme, applicants who meet the standard criteria can apply for funding.

Overview

We provide academic and professional development for English language practitioners looking to advance their careers in teaching.

You will gain practical classroom experience and you will develop creative multimedia resources and teaching materials through hands-on activities. There will be the opportunity to pursue a specialism, such as English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), teaching English to Young Learners (YLs) or teacher training and English language teaching management.

We currently offer two routes of study:

Route One (Delta route) This route is designed for experienced English language teachers or those who have a high level of English. It will offer professional training and development (including teaching practice), with the option to enter for the widely recognised Cambridge Delta qualification. On campus The course starts in September and takes a calendar year to complete full-time, starting with MA modules that also prepare you for the Delta qualification. Alternatively, if you have already gained your Delta qualification (or equivalent), you can study with us on campus full-time from January until September. Part-time options are also available. Distance learning If you have the Delta qualification (or equivalent), you can study with us via distance learning from September, January or May, with an expected completion time of approximately 18 months.

Route two This route is designed for the less experienced English language teacher or those with an interest in English language teaching who want to gain a prestigious academic qualification in order to further their career. You will gain insights into best practice through lesson observation and you will be able to reflect on this to develop your awareness. On campus You can study this route on campus from September, and you can expect to complete the course in approximately one calendar year. Distance learning You can study this route via distance learning from September, January or May with an expected completion time of approximately two and a half years.

Teaching and Learning

Learning will take place through seminars, small group and individual tutorials, as well as independent learning. The course will include practical classroom experience and hands-on development of multi-media resources for English language teaching.

Assessment

The assessments on the course aim to reflect real-life tasks for English language teaching professionals and include practical assignments such as developing resources, writing journal articles, giving conference presentations, reflecting on practice and analysing texts or language. The dissertation module involves a practical or research project related to English language teaching with a report or rationale. Route 1/Delta students will also complete the Cambridge ESOL assessments for Delta modules 1-3.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
Our highly qualified and expert team have many years of experience successfully training teachers and developing innovative materials including a range of multimedia resources.

English Language Teaching at Leeds Beckett University is an approved Cambridge Delta Centre. This highly renowned professional qualification confers TEFLQ status as defined by the British Council accreditation scheme.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:These are dependent on whether you are applying for Route One or Two.

Route One (Delta): Applicants should either have a second class honours degree and at least two years' full-time (1200 hours) English Language Teaching experience within the last five years or have substantial English Language Teaching work experience. Applicants must be native English speakers or have an English language ability of at least IELTS 7.5 with no skill less than 7.0 (or equivalent). All applicants must pass a screening interview with the admissions tutor (who must be a Delta approved tutor for Cambridge purposes), involving a language awareness test and the submission and discussion of a lesson plan. In addition, an initial teacher training qualification such as the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity cert TESOL is desirable.

Route Two (Non-Delta): Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have substantial English Language Teaching work experience. All applicants should have an English language level of at least IELTS 6.0 with no skill less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:These are dependent on whether you are applying for Route One or Two.

Route One (Delta): Applicants should either have a second class honours degree and at least two years' full-time (1200 hours) English Language Teaching experience within the last five years or have substantial English Language Teaching work experience. Applicants must be native English speakers or have an English language ability of at least IELTS 7.5 with no skill less than 7.0 (or equivalent). All applicants must pass a screening interview with the admissions tutor (who must be a Delta approved tutor for Cambridge purposes), involving a language awareness test and the submission and discussion of a lesson plan. In addition, an initial teacher training qualification such as the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity cert TESOL is desirable.

Route Two (Non-Delta): Applicants should either have a second class honours degree or have substantial English Language Teaching work experience. All applicants should have an English language level of at least IELTS 6.0 with no skill less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.

The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

Yoko Murata

Careers

Yoko Murata
General Manager and English language teacher From Zero International Language School

MA English Language Teaching

“I chose my course to improve my English and gain a masters qualification so I could teach English back home in Japan. My lecturers were really supportive and really helped me improve my confidence. There was a great community feel with fellow classmates and we encouraged each other to do our best work.

Modules & learning

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This will include first and second language acquisition; approaches and methods; and learner error and error analysis. (This module is not available for online learning)

This covers the following topics of teaching practice; lesson observation; evaluating, selecting and using resources and materials; and professional development. (This module is not available for online learning)

This will look into researching a specialist area; course / syllabus design; testing and assessment; and monitoring and evaluating courses.

You will learn about communicative language teaching; task-based learning; language content and integrated learning; lexical approach; total physical response; text-based approaches; language skills and strategies; and second language learning and acquisition.

This will cover lexis; grammar; discourse analysis; phonology; and analysing language and texts for teaching purposes.

This will include classroom observation; professional development; classroom management; lesson planning; and micro-teaching.

This will explore learner autonomy; virtual learning environments; and web-based technologies.

You will learn about issues such as materials evaluation and adaptation; authenticity; cultural considerations; and task design.

This subject will cover world English; intercultural awareness; sociolinguistics; English for academic purposes; English for young learners; English for specific purposes; and curriculum and syllabus.

This will include research theories and methods; qualitative and quantitative research; and interpreting and analysing data. You will undertake a research project.

This double module involves either producing a practical project such as a set of materials; a corpus; a teacher training course; a syllabus or conducting a primary research project.

Naeema Hann
Dr Naeema Hann
Senior Lecturer
Naeema became interested in second language learning whilst teaching English to refugees and new speakers of English. She has taught on English and bilingual programmes in the UK and overseas. Her interests include language learning for use in work environments, migrant identity and the teaching of right to left scripts.
Our course offers you the opportunity to develop innovative teaching, curriculum and materials to enhance your English language teaching. You can specialise in areas such as teacher training, EAP, ESOL, Young Learners or business English.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Exam Fee - you will need to pay the following Delta module exam fees: Module 1 - £114.00; Module 2 - £142.00; Module 3 - £80.00
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Exam Fee - you will need to pay the following Delta module exam fees: Module 1 - £114.00; Module 2 - £142.00; Module 3 - £80.00

Facilities

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Dedicated Support Team
    Dedicated Support Team

    Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

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