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As the importance of English as a global language has continued to grow, English teachers have increasingly sought to deepen their understanding of the nature of language teaching and learning in light of the diverse challenges they face. The M.Phil. programme in English Language Teaching is aimed at meeting the needs of teachers who wish to enhance their career options.
The programme will give practicing teachers the opportunity to explore current issues in ELT, and to deepen their understanding of the theoretical and practical concerns that underlie their teaching. The programme benefits in particular from the CLCSs involvement in the development and implementation of two Council of Europe tools that are important in the current debate about language learning, teaching and assessment world-wide: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio.
Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or equivalent; GPA of at least 3.2). Preference is given to applicants with relevant teaching experience. Students whose first language is not English are provided with a four-week induction programme in September to prepare them for postgraduate study in Ireland. All applicants are expected to show proficiency in at least one language other than their first language
Students take six modules and undertake a research project that is written up as a 15,000 word dissertation. The modules are taught in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, and the dissertation preparation and writing takes place in Trinity term and the long vacation (July-September). Four core modules are mandatory and two are elective options.
Core modules include:
* The pedagogical grammar of English;
* Second language curriculum planning and implementation;
* the English sound system;
* and Language testing.
Options may be taken from the wide range of ELT, applied linguistics and linguistics courses offered by Centre for Language and Communication Studies, including for example:
* Technology, language and communication;
* the History and globalisation of English;
* Describing English grammar;
* and Language variation and change.
Since the course is aimed at experienced teachers of English as a foreign or second language, the course modules do not include basic teacher training or teaching experience.