Teaching English for Academic Purposes MACoventry University
£ 5.799 - (6.862 €)
- Scarborough (Inghilterra)
Cosa impari in questo corso?
This programme provides professional development for English language teachers and focuses on the theory and practice of teaching English for Academic Purposes. The course also draws on innovative research carried out by members of the School of Humanities, which includes work on genre, corpus linguistics, and lexicography.
A distinctive feature of the programme is that you will have opportunities to observe English Language classes in higher education and undertake microteaching practice. You will also develop digital expertise with state-of-the-art e-learning tools and focus on specific English for Academic Purposes issues relating to your own educational contexts.WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
This is a new programme, however, students on the ‘sister’ programme MA in English Language Teaching that has been running since academic year 2009-2010, state that staff provide them with excellent academic and pastoral support and that their learning experience is very positive. (Evidence from module and course evaluation questionnaires in both Academic Year 2013-2014 and Academic Year 2014-2015).
The course also focuses on the future world of work and students may apply for part-time paid teaching opportunities and work placements within Coventry University, including placements overseas.
The assessment on the programme is varied and includes essays, reports, presentations, digital learning object design, microteaching and seen in-class tests. The course also offers extra-curricular activities, such as participation in lectures and workshops with renowned visiting applied linguists and education experts.
There also is a free field trip relevant to the curriculum. In 2014, for example, we went to the British Museum in London and then designed intercultural teaching tasks based on the objects viewed at the museum (activity linked to the mandatory module on materials design). You will moreover be offered other field trips at competitive rates as they are supported by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and by the Centre for Global Engagement.WHAT WILL I LEARN?
- consider the theory and practice of English language learning and teaching, and the relevance of major language learning and language acquisition theories;
- develop skills in the evaluation and design of teaching and learning materials for a variety of EAP settings;
- explore testing and course design for EAP;
- evaluate course delivery for EAP;
- have opportunities to practise teaching and observe experienced EAP teachers in a variety of face to face and blended learning settings.
The Mandatory (Compulsory) modules are:
- Theories, Approaches and Methods of Language Learning and Teaching;
- EAP Course delivery: Teaching, Learning and Feedback in the EAP classroom;
- Corpus Analysis and Pedagogy;
- Teaching English in Higher Education;
- EAP Course Design and Language Testing;
- Understanding Academic English.
In addition, you will choose 3 of the following option modules (2 x 15 and 1 x 60 credit):
- Developing Language Teaching Materials (15);
- Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse (15);
- Sociolinguistics and English Language Teaching (15);
- Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher (15);
- Business English (15);
- Investigations in TEAP (15);
- TEAP Professional Practice Portfolio (60);
- Dissertation in TEAP (60).
The full-time, face-to-face, programme runs over three semesters. There are two entry points: September and January. Students normally take four 15-credit modules in semester 1, four 15-credit modules in semester 2, and complete a Dissertation or Portfolio of Practice in semester 3.
Modules are taught face-to-face with lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions and seminars. All students are asked to submit a diagnostic task on arrival (normally a short essay). One-to-one support is available for students who need practise in academic English writing.
The delivery of all modules is supported by an online learning environment that is used, for example, to display content material, to submit assignments and provide electronic feedback, to discuss seminar topics (discussion forums), to design student-centred glossaries and to engage in online assessment and practice.
Students are also offered the opportunity to discuss English language teaching for Academic Purposes and analyse the English language with dedicated e-learning platforms for specific purposes (e.g. Corpus Linguistics tools).
A Part-Time Programme is available for UK/EU applicants, and can be tailored to the needs of each applicant. Applicants with a DELTA will obtain Accreditation of Prior Learning.
If you are interested in one of these programmes, you should discuss it with the Course Director, Dr.Marina Orsini-Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org).HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
A variety of assessed tasks have been integrated into this programme to offer you a stimulating assessment experience and to enable you to reflect on your work, as the programme is designed to train teachers who will assess work themselves. Each module will normally have two assessment tasks and you will receive feedback on the first task before you submit the second one. The assessment tasks include seen examinations, presentations, essays and reports, corpus-based syllabus and course design, microteaching, reflective test design, e-learning object design in group and peer observation reports.
The external examiners have commented very positively on the variety, innovation and appropriateness of the assessment tasks on the English MA programme. For example in 2013-2014 the External Examiner commented: 'The assessment tasks are of good quality - well conceived, often imaginative, and in many cases appropriately practical, matching well with intended learning outcomes. I commend this.'TEACHING CONTACT HOURS
You will normally be taught for three hours per week for eleven weeks for each 15 credit module. As you will do four modules per semester, you will have an average of around 12 hours contact per week for 11 weeks in semesters 1 and 2. The 60 credit dissertation or portfolio will be taught face-to-face for a total of around 25 hours in semester 3 between May and August (Sept starters) or September-December (January starters). There will also be a total of 5 hours of personal tutorials with your supervisor in semester 3."