M.A. English Language Teaching (ELT)

University of East London

Application deadline: as soon as possible
Tuition fee:
  • £ 11,400 / 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.


At the University of East London all programmes are credit-rated to help you to understand the amount and level of study that is needed.

One credit is equal to 10 hours of directed study time.

Credits are assigned to one of 5 levels:

* 0 - equivalent in standard to GCE 'A' level and is intended to prepare students for year one of an undergraduate degree programme

* 1 - equivalent in standard to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme

* 2 - equivalent in standard to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme

* 3 - equivalent in standard to the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme

* M - equivalent in standard to a Masters degree

Credit rating

Postgraduate Certificate

A programme leading to a Postgraduate Certificate consists of
60 credits at Level M

Postgraduate Diploma A programme leading to a Postgraduate Diplomaconsists of
120 credits at Level M


A programme leading to a Masters award consists of 180 credits at Level M and will include a 60 credit level M core module of advanced independent research.

Exceptionally, through programme validation, a maximum of one third of the credits for a postgraduate award may comprise credit for modules at level 3.

Exceptionally, through programme validation, the 60 credit level M core module of advanced independent research required for a Masters award may be replaced by a 30 credit level M core module of advanced independent research, provided that it can be demonstrated that sufficient advanced independent research is achieved in the remainder of the programme amounting to a further 30 level M credits.

Up to half the credits for an award may be achieved through accredited experiential learning, and up to two thirds of the credits for an award may be achieved through accredited certificated learning. (Where a combination of experiential and certificated learning is involved up to one half of the credits for the award may be achieved through accredited experiential learning with further credits being achieved through accredited certificated learning up to a maximum of two thirds of the credits for the award).

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.

How the teaching year is divided

Each module is offered across a 15 week semester. Semester A runs from September to January and semester B runs from February to May.

What you will study when

Three modules on the MA ELT are core: Language Systems and Language Skils; Methodology and Materials and ELT and ELT and its Contexts. Instead of Second Language Acquisition and ELT students can select an available module from the MA Multilingualism. Full-time students complete two 30 credit module per semester followed by submission of their dissertation.
Those students who take longer than one year to complete the programme will agree a timescale with the programme leader.


* 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: 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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