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Education (English Language Teaching) MA

University of Northampton

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


English is a global language used daily in business, education and the media by many people for whom it is a second rather than a ‘native’ language. This course has been designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be an effective teacher of the language. Applying the insights of linguistic research into how English is learned and used in a wide variety of situations, the programme with its practical focus will help you become a resourceful, reflective and confident professional in the field of English language teaching.

Course Details

This course forms a pathway within the MA Education. To be awarded the qualification MA Education (English Language Teaching) you will need to successfully complete four 30 credit modules plus a 60 credit dissertation. You should take at least three of the modules described below, namely EDUM133, EDUM134, EDUM135 and EDUM136. Each of these modules is also open to you if you have a particular interest in the subject but do not want to follow the complete pathway.

How will I learn?

All of the modules on the pathway are mainly taught through seminars and workshops. All teaching takes place in small groups which enables you to engage in discussion and debate. Seminars are topic-based and will focus on critical engagement with readings suggested by tutors. In addition, each module leader will hold a series of individual tutorials with you to support your progress and work on particular assignments.

How will I be assessed?

There are no examinations. The course has a mixture of assessments involving essays, portfolios, presentations and small scale research projects. Participants will complete a final project/dissertation on a topic negotiated with a tutor for the MA Education (English Language Teaching).

What will my schedule look like?

The entire MA involves 140 hours of taught sessions, all of which are taught as interactive sessions involving activities and discussions. This means that you will typically attend classes for six hours per week if you are studying full-time, although this may vary depending on the modules you have taken. If you are a full-time student you will be expected to undertake a further 24 hours per week of private study and research. If you are a part-time student, taking the course over three years, you will be expected to complete eight hours a week of private study and research. Please note that this work is not consistently spread across the year and at some points throughout the year you may be working considerably more hours in a week.

You will also have the chance to attend additional optional sessions and presentations connected to the research undertaken at the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Northampton

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  • Campus address

    Main Site, The University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN1 5PH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    51st out of 81 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    111 56%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%



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