M.A. Language Education

Manchester Metropolitan University

Application deadline: As early as possible
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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This course is for teachers already working in a range of language related fields in primary and secondary education, who wish to develop their expertise in areas such as; teaching bilingual learners, English as first language and modern foreign languages.

Features & benefits of the course
* Twice yearly enrolment (January and September)
* Portfolio approach as the course develops
* Progression to a Masters degree

This course is intended to:
Support those wishing to become co-ordinators, consultants, advanced skills teachers, heads of department and mentors of trainees and NQTs.

UK and EU students part-time £685 per 30 credit unit. · A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits. ·


The core units for all courses is Language Development, aimed at providing a firm foundation for a range of optional units relevant to the award.

The PgCert/Dip in Teaching Bilingual Learners responds to the diversity of background of children in primary and secondary schools and increasing governmental focus on the learning of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Students who enrol on the MA Language Education can exit with PgCert/Dips in Language Education, Teaching Bilingual Learners and Teaching of Reading depending on their combination of unit choices.

* Core Units Dissertation The dissertation is an extended piece of writing which reports on a research project.

Language Development The unit will include the following:

* Language and communication in early childhood,
* later childhood & adolescence,
* atypical language development,
* simultaneous and consecutive bilingualism,
* English as an additional language,
* the needs of later stage learners,
* literacy development in a second language and
* a communicative approach to language development within the curriculum.

* Optional Units Critical Questions In Education In this unit you are encouraged to interrogate and complicate your practice by situating it in the context of broader academic and policy debates which surround educational provision and practice. It is based on the interplay of tutor-provided stimulus sessions, and student-generated exploration in order to encourage a synthesis of 'contextual', 'theoretical' and 'practical' work.

Current Issues in Education In this unit, students will explore five key themes in educational provision and practice. The exact focus is to be negotiated in early sessions, and based on an interplay of their personal and professional priorities, and current developments in education provision and practice. Indicative themes might include: working with parents, technologies, diversities, leadership and management and so on.

Issues in Language Teaching and Learning This unit will consider a number of issues within the context of UK and European perspectives and policies on language education. These will cover issues relevant to teachers of MFL and/or EAL in both primary and secondary phases. These include appropriate pedagogy for learners of EAL or MFL, assessment of language learning and factors that impact upon learners progress in a new language, such as age, culture or Special Educational Needs.

Principles and Practice in Early Reading The unit will investigate models of reading development; consider syntactic and semantic aspects of first and second language development in literacy development; consider development of visual word recognition and phonemic awareness in reading; consider causes and consequences of literacy learning difficulty (SpLD, Communication difficulty).

Teaching Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary School This unit will explore how schools can respond to current Government policy aim of introducing the teaching of modern foreign languages into all primary schools. The unit will consider both practical and challenging issues in this area.

Assessment details
Assessment includes written assignments, portfolios, files of tasks, electronic presentations, art-based projects, small scale research tasks or presentations to participant groups. You will be encouraged to negotiate assessment to ensure it is appropriate to the context of your work.


You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or equivalent for example, a Teaching Certificate and Qualified Teacher Status.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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