Reasons to study English Language Teaching MA at DMU:
- The Centre for English Language Learning (CELL) is accredited by the British Council
- Those working and studying part-time can choose between a final dissertation or a work-based project
- Every member of the English language department is highly qualified, experienced and brings a truly international dimension to their teaching. Most have been guest speakers at conferences throughout the world and have lived and taught extensively abroad
- CELL is also an institutional member of British Association for Lecturers of Academic English (BALEAP) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
- This course will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends but also of your ability and acumen as a teacher of ELT at the highest level
- Many of our alumni have gone on to successful careers as tutors, Heads of Study and university lecturers both in the UK and overseas
- The programme regularly receives excellent reports from external moderators and examiners
- CELL has strong relationships with overseas English language providers, which often enhance students’ employment prospects
- “Worldwide, there are more English teaching jobs than there are native-speaking teachers to fill them.” teachenglishworldwide.com
- Students who demonstrate a high degree of teaching competence are often employed part-time by CELL for summer schools
You will take part in teaching practice sessions where appropriate, and examine current research trends and issues. The MA in ELT is aimed at language specialists worldwide, and we therefore welcome applications from both native and non-native English speakers and do not always require experience in ELT.
The ELT MA includes core modules in ELT Methodology, the Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills, and Research Methods. You can also choose two of the following optional specialist modules: English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, Assessing Language, and Psycholinguistics. The programme is relevant to the practical and theoretical considerations of ELT today. It is designed primarily to develop your future career prospects in ELT and enhance further postgraduate ELT research.
Structure and assessment
This course is designed to improve opportunities for teaching English language in a variety of different situations, both in the UK and abroad. It differs from many other master’s degrees in that it includes a mix of practical and theoretical subjects that will be useful for English language teachers. Modules include:
The modules include:
- Trends and Issues in ELT Classroom
- Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills
- Teaching Phonetics and Phonology
- English for Specific Purposes and Course Design
- Using New Technologies in ELT
- Socio and Psycho-Linguistics
- Accessing Language
The modules focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to real-life classroom situations. In the first term, you will focus on core issues within ELT, and if you have not taught before, you will have the opportunity to have at least two teaching practice sessions and submit a reflective journal. In term two, you will select two of three optional modules in specialist areas of ELT, alongside a Research Methods module, which will prepare you either for a dissertation or a Work-based project in term three. This choice will be made in consultation with the course team, and will mirror your own interests so you can pursue an area of interest in greater depth.
Facilities and features
The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.
Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.
The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
Starting a business
If you are thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself, the Enterprise Team can help provide you with the right advice and guidance to get your business off the ground.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
There has never been a better time to enhance your career prospects as an ELT expert. This course can provide a gateway to prestigious careers as a teacher at internationally-recognised English language institutions. In addition this is the type of qualification that most universities or other tertiary organisations now require for lecturers of English for academic purposes. This qualification will assure prospective employers not only of your theoretical awareness of ELT-related issues and trends but also of your ability and acumen as a teacher of ELT at the highest level.