You will study four core modules, three optional modules and complete a 15,000-word dissertation.
You will do a total of six assessed pieces of coursework over the year. For assessment purposes, one of the modules you take during the spring term will be ‘linked’ with the Research Methods module – that is, you will produce a piece of work in the field covered by that module, but with a particular focus on research methods.
Please note that the University of Birmingham offers an alternative qualification in English Language Teaching through its School of Education – for more information, see Teaching English as a Foreign Language MA.
Your four core modules are as follows:
Introduction to Language
This includes aspects of lexis, pedagogic grammar. You are provided with the tools to analyse, compare and discuss samples of authentic English.
Syllabus and Materials Design
This module examines different types of language syllabus and different ways of evaluating classroom materials, considering how syllabus and materials (like typical course books) can be adapted to meet the needs of specific students in particular contexts. It also aims to demonstrate how particular activity types can be used to exploit practically any authentic text, and to look at how these activities can be combined to form a ‘schema’ (i.e. a properly structured lesson or series of lessons).
Second Language Teaching and Learning
This module includes the study of methodology and of second language acquisition. We look at current research into how languages are learnt, and the implications for language teaching methodology. We also examine different approaches to language teaching, especially Communicative Language Teaching. You are asked to relate the theory to your own experience.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module includes methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics. In addition, you will select one option from the range on offer and apply what you have learned to a small research project.
You will also choose your three optional modules from a range which may include the following:
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
English as a Global Language
English for Specific/Academic Purposes
Language and Literature
Language and New Media
Language and Politics
Management of Innovation
Teaching Young Learners
Please note that the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2013/14 are as follows:
Home/EU: £5,760 full-time
Overseas: £13,200 full-time
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available.
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International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.