M.A. English Language Teaching (ELT)

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 7,170 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,980 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The programme aims to provide English language teachers and graduates with relevant teaching experience an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the field of English Language Teaching (hereafter ELT) at both the theoretical and the practical level.

Topics covered on the programme are language systems and language skills, ELT methodology, principles and practice of materials design and evaluation, second language acquisition theory, the global spread of English, the rise of new Englishes, the political and cultural dimensions of teaching English as an international language, curriculum and course design, and testing.

In addition, the programme provides an overview of the theoretical, philosophical, and ethical principles which underpin educational research and introduces students to the theory and practice of action research.

English Language Teaching (ELT) at UEL
The MA in ELT provides:

* A flexible credit based programme leading towards a higher degree with a strong focus on classroom practice
* An opportunity for teachers to become familiar with the principles and practice of action research
* An opportunity for teachers from a wide range of countries and varied educational contexts to meet and exchange ideas
* The option of interim awards at certificate and diploma level for students who are unable to complete the programme
* The opportunity for students to combine face-to-face modules with modules from the MA ELT by distance learning.

Your future career
* The programme will allow teachers at primary or secondary level, teachers in adult education and graduates with relevant teaching experience to enhance their promotion prospects either within their local teaching context or beyond.
* The programme will also facilitate those teachers who are considering a move from one ELT context to another (e.g. from ESOL to EFL), or those who wish to move into ELT management or ELT publishing.
* The programme will also equip those who are interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of ELT or who wish eventually to embark on a PhD with essential research and analytical skills.


Typical duration
The programme is full-time over one year and part-time over a maximum of six years. Participants have between one and six years to complete the full award of PG Diploma or MA. Participants have between one semester and two years to complete the PG Certificate.

The MA ELT consists of four modules and a dissertation which includes research methods training. The programme has a strong action research focus which will enable students to carry out classroom-based research projects. In addition, the role of materials is considered at all levels of theory and practice.

The programme is designed to be flexible and compatible with the lives of working teachers. For this reasons students may opt to begin the programme in September or February. The MA is full-time over one year, although some students may wish to study part-time in which case modules may be spread over six years in consultation with the programme leader.

Students who have accumulated 60 credits by completing two modules may be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate, and students who have accumulated 120 credits by completing four modules may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. The MA is awarded to students who have accumulated 180 credits by completing all four modulesand the dissertation.

Learning environment
The programme is delivered in lecture and seminar format and aims to promote collaborative learning. Thus lectures and seminars encourage group discussions which provide students with the opportunity to pool experiences, share problems and solutions, and discuss issues raised in lectures in the light of their own practice. To facilitate this collaborative aspect of the learning all students are encouraged to form study groups. Secondly, supported self-study is fostered through the writing of individual module assignments, and through independent research which is negotiated with tutor support. Thirdly, reflective learning is encouraged through the use of self-reflection tasks which accompany all written assignments. In these, students are asked to reflect critically on their learning, the strategies they use to facilitate this, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of their own work.

Due to the practical nature of the programme there are no examinations. Assessment is by dissertation and the written assignments for each module. All modules are assessed by assignment (either by two assignments each consisting of 2,500 words, or one assignment of 5,000 words). Assignments vary in form and may include essays, book/article reviews, creation and evaluation of pedagogic materials, and small scale action research projects.

The research methods training is an integral part of the dissertation and forms part of the overall assessment. This assessment takes the form of a draft dissertation proposal, which may be modified in consultation with the dissertation supervisor, and against which the final dissertation will be considered.

The dissertation is a major piece of work and consists of 14,000 words, excluding appendices and bibliography.


* Application form and references
* A first degree in the Social Sciences or Humanities (e.g. Languages, English, Education, Psychology, etc.)
* Evidence of relevant classroom experience
* An IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent in the case of international students (applicants should have a minimum score of 6 in all components)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) 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.

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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