Postgraduate study

Teaching English for Academic Purposes MA

This course is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to become a competent, research-informed and innovative English for academic purposes (EAP) practitioner.
 
  
Duration
2 years part-time plus dissertation
Entry requirements
2:2 level (or international equivalent). Applicants without a first degree but with an approved, relevant professional qualification will be considered on an individual basis.
Other requirements
Minimum of nine months' full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours of part-time experience)
IELTS
7.0 (no less than 6.5 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses may be available
Start date
September or February
UK/EU fees
£10,305 - Terms apply
International fees
£10,305 - Terms apply
Campus
Jubilee Campus
School/department
 

 

Overview

Worldwide, there has been a significant increase in the demand for EAP teachers. This growth has stemmed from the expansion of English as a medium of instruction, internationalisation of the higher education sector, increasingly dominant position of English as the language of education and research, and rapid expansion of access to higher education.

This course focuses on the development of teacher competencies to improve the academic literacy of students. It entails knowledge and skills that incorporate much more than basic mastery of classroom management skills and knowledge of language systems.

In order to achieve this, and as EAP is essentially interdisciplinary, this course draws on a wide range of intellectual sources including:

  • second language acquisition
  • applied linguistics
  • TESOL
  • psychology
  • sociology of education
  • epistemology and philosophy
  • ideology
  • cultural studies
  • media studies

Core elements provide a deep understanding of the role of EAP in academic contexts, academic discourse and literacies and appropriate EAP pedagogies.

You will develop your intellectual skills and enhance your teaching skills and understanding of EAP through activities which include collaborative work and engaging with academic staff.

You may also have the opportunity to attend an engagement event with alumni who will share their stories about their teaching context, career path, classroom episodes and continuing professional development.

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Detailed entry requirements

If an applicant has a first degree that includes a focus on language teaching theory and methodology or has successfully completed a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course, the experience required will be reduced to a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).

The teaching experience calculation should not include a teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants should show how hours for part-time English teaching experience have been calculated. Applicants who have online teaching experience will need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers (to be submitted at the time of application).

Structure

The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points.

Assessment

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Online course materials and support

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience. They allow you to make decisions about which aspects of a module to work on, when and at what pace. You'll be part of an online community contributing to weekly discussion activities which will help you stay motivated.

To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.

Applying

To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:

Important dates
Start dateApplication deadline
11 February 2019 21 January 2019
2 September 2019 5 August 2019
10 February 2020 21 January 2020

Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)

If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.

 
 

Modules

Year one

Core

Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum (September starters begin with this module)

The module focuses on topics which have been the subject of recent discussion and research in the field of foreign and second language teaching. These include:

  • a historical review of language teaching methods and approaches
  • content vs process syllabus design in language teaching
  • humanism in language teaching
  • Communicative Language Teaching and Task Based Learning
  • areas of applied linguistics particularly relevant to teaching of productive skills, especially sociolinguistics and pragmatics
  • areas of applied linguistics particularly relevant to the teaching of receptive skills, especially psycholinguistics

You will be expected to read, understand and engage critically with the research presented on these topics.

 
Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Context, Language and Pedagogy (February starters begin with this module)

This module considers:

  • current status of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes
  • academic communities and contexts: knowledge creation, critical thinking and evidence-based reasoning
  • genre: communicative purpose, rhetorical organisation and stance
  • academic grammar and vocabulary
  • text processing and production
  • EAP learner identity, backgrounds and expectations
  • types of EAP courses based on needs, contexts and constraints
  • EAP classroom practice
  • EAP teachers: beliefs, identities and professional development
  • research philosophies and methods
 

Year two

Core

Issues in Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Current Developments and Debates

This module focuses on:

  • internationalisation of HE and its impact on English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • the features and effectiveness of EAP and the academic literacies approaches
  • English as the language for communicating research
  • researching academic practices: philosophies and innovative methods
  • teaching EAP to students with different English proficiency levels and in different contexts
  • the EAP practitioner: beliefs, identities and professional contexts
  • multimodal approaches to the analysis of EAP settings
  • cultural aspects to consider when implementing EAP pedagogy
  • collaboration between EAP practitioners and subject specialists
  • EAP future directions: challenges and opportunities
 

Optional

One of:

Assessment in Language Education

This module will look at:

  • purposes of assessment
  • types of assessment
  • communicative assessment
  • assessing the '4 Skills'
  • case studies of key international exams
  • current issues in language assessment
 
Managing Language Teaching and Developing Teachers

The module covers:

  • organisational structures and management of language teaching organisations (LTOs)
  • issues in marketing, finance and managing change
  • managing staff: staff selection, appraisal and relations, staff development
  • models of teacher learning
  • developing activities and materials for teacher training
  • observation of teachers
  • investigating the discourse of managing, training and teaching
 
Materials and Technology in Language Education

This module will look at:

  • the role of learning/teaching materials and resources
  • types and models of evaluation of materials and resources
  • the relationship between methodology and materials/resources
  • models of Technology Enhanced Langue Learning
  • mobile langue learning
  • computer mediated communication
  • the implications of materials and technology for teacher education
 
Teaching Languages to Younger Learners

The module focuses on key areas relating to the teaching of languages to younger learners and explores them from the perspective of both language learners and teachers. These include:

  • profiles and language needs of younger language learnersage-appropriate methodologies
  • multisensory, learner-centred activities, for example, stories, songs, films drama and play
  • cooperation, interactive interpersonal communication and integrated grammar
  • classroom management/organisation and the investigation of critical classroom incidents
  • an overview of theories and research relating to younger learners
  • engaging with culture and community
  • issues relating to bilingualism, multilingualism and translanguaging

You will be expected to read, understand and engage critically with the research presented on these topics.

 

Dissertation module

In year three you will write your dissertation:

Dissertation

This substantive piece of scholarship within the field of the course will normally be based on interests and skills you have developed in the course of the modules already studied. You will choose a topic in consultation with your course leader and an appropriate supervisor.

 

Timetable

You can view an example timetable, however this is subject to change year on year and your live timetable will be available via the various online timetable systems.

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

 
 

Funding

See information on how to fund your masters, including our step-by-step guide. Further information is available on the school website.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.

 
 

Careers and professional development

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

 
 
 

Disclaimer
This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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