Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Language Teaching

Birkbeck's specialist MA Language Teaching is designed for people who are already experienced foreign or second language teachers who want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. The programme will develop both your understanding of classroom practice and of key areas of research that inform practice. This is a course on which the importance of bridging the gap between theory and practice is valued and it is structured to reflect the fine balance between the two. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching. The programme's unique features are its focus on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching; and that locally based teachers of languages other than English have the opportunity to share their experiences with students from all over world, thus gaining insight into a wide range of language teaching contexts internationally. In addition, you will be studying alongside students on the MA TESOL programme. The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between two dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a topic of your choice. Highlights - Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject. - In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. - You will join a vibrant and diverse community supported by the Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society, which is student run. An annual Postgraduate Student Research Conference is organised by the Society every summer. In addition, the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts a lecture series given by international visiting scholars. Birkbeck also actively collaborates with the larger community of applied linguists throughout University of London colleges, including the Institute of Education, the School of Oriental and African Studies and University College London, which are all next door to Birkbeck in Bloomsbury, while King's College London is a short walk away. - You will gain a broader view of language teaching and learning by drawing on the rich and diverse research in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication. - Read a blog post by Professor Penelope Gardner-Chloros that considers what linguistics is. - If you are interested in an academic career, MA Language Teaching can allow you to progress to doctoral study.

Entry requirements

MA: Usually at least a second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience. A short admissions task of no more than 500 words may be requested, to support your application. You must provide two references, at least one of which should be an academic reference. If you have been awarded the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) in the last five years, you may apply for credit for one option module (please indicate this in your application).

Course modules

For information about course structure and the moules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

For your coursework, you complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words or an independent literature review of 4000-5000 words.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone number: 
02076316499