Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

English Language Teaching

This course is designed to support the professional growth and career development of English language teaching professionals; the course caters for both experienced and inexperienced teachers, who study on different pathways leading to the same degree; the focus is very practical and encourages critical reflection on students own experience of teaching and learning; the lecturers are experts in their field of English language teaching, with many having taught English abroad; teaching methods encourage active participation in group work, discussion and exchange of experiences and ideas; students are also given the opportunity to undertake practical work, including designing class materials and planning lessons and tests; the university values the differing perspectives of teachers from different countries and their varied experiences of teaching and learning; the broadening of cultural horizons is one of the advantages of joining such an internationally diverse programme; students on this course come from a number of countries including: Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Korea, China, Mexico and the UK; the university offers a high level of in sessional support designed specifically around the needs of students, both in classes and on an individual basis.

Entry requirements

The Practical Language Teaching (PLT) pathway is open to graduates with a UK Honours degree or equivalent in any subject; some teaching experience is preferred; for those with no teaching experience, their 1st degree should include some applied linguistics or other relevant area of study; the Experienced Language Teachers (ELT) pathway is open to graduates with a UK Honours degree or equivalent in any subject and a minimum of 2 years full time and relevant TESOL experience; non graduates who have 5 or more years of full time TESOL experience are also considered.

Course modules

Stage 1: certificate students on the ELT pathway take the following core modules: language in use; theory and practice in language teaching; course design and assessment; students on the PLT pathway take the following 20 credit core modules: language in use; principles of language learning and teaching; materials and assessment in language teaching. Stage 2: diploma students on both pathways take 3, 20 credit option modules selected from the following: blended learning and CALL: multimedia applications in language learning; English for specific purposes (ELT pathway only); intercultural communication; learner autonomy; management in ELT (ELT pathway only); materials development; teacher education (ELT pathway only); teaching English language through literature; teaching English to young learners; teaching reading and writing; teaching speaking, listening and pronunciation. Stage 3: Master's dissertation of 15,000 words.

Assessment methods

Essays; practical tasks (e.g. designing a course, syllabus or materials and providing an accompanying rationale, or writing a report or set of proposals); portfolios; oral assessments (e.g. giving a presentation, leading a seminar); demonstration lessons; class tests.

Sponsorship information

Some University bursaries are available and are based on academic quality and impact.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,800 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 720 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Centre Campus Nottingham NG1 4BU East Midlands

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