English Language Teaching MA

About the course


The English Language Teaching MA is aimed at language specialists worldwide, be they native or non-native speakers of English. It is ideal for those who have previous experience of English Language Teaching (ELT) and/or research in this discipline.

The course explores contemporary research issues and a variety of teaching methodologies in ELT, giving you the opportunity to broaden your understanding of the theoretical and practical issues that ELT teachers and learners face in the classroom. While focusing on research trends and issues, this MA is essentially practical, giving you the opportunity to engage with teaching practice sessions if selected. There are specialist modules in Applied Linguistics, ELT Methodology, and the Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills as well as the chance to choose two of the following: Syllabus and Course Design, Phonetics and Phonology, Teaching English using New Technologies, and Teaching Practice.

This programme is uniquely relevant to the practical and theoretical considerations of ELT today. It is designed primarily to enhance your potential and future career prospects in English Language Teaching and further ELT research.

Key facts

UKPASS code: X14272

Duration:  One year full-time, two years part-time 

Location: Clephan Building

Start date: September 2014

Entry and admission criteria

You should have the equivalent of a UK bachelor’s degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject such as English or Education. We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered.

International Students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition|, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Teaching and assessment

Taught modules will require preparatory reading and weekly attendance over two terms. Formal classroom contact will normally be one two-hour session per week, per module, and will take the form of a workshop and may require attendance at the university for up to three days a week. The term ‘workshop’ is used rather than lecture or seminar to indicate that the session will be used flexibly by the tutor to include student presentations, small group exercises, screening of film clips, interactive short lectures, plenary discussion or a formal lecture/seminar split. The workshop structure places a clear emphasis on student participation and contribution, and you are expected to undertake extensive preparation for each session. Teaching will be supported by individual or small group tutorials. 

As well as essays, you will be required to submit work in the form of lesson plans and rationales, microteaching to peers, presentations as well as leading seminar discussions.

The dissertation (15,000 words) depends much more on one to one tutorial contact. Here the emphasis is placed on independent study, and the tutor acts as facilitator to guide and monitor your progress.

Course modules

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.

The modules include Classroom Trends and Issues in ELT Methodology, Teaching of Receptive and Productive Skills, Teaching Phonetics and Phonology, English for Specific Purposes and Course Design, Teaching English using New Technologies, and Socio- and Psycho- Linguistics. These modules focus on the application of theoretical knowledge to real-life classroom situations, and you can complete at least three teaching practice sessions and submit a reflective journal, if you choose Teaching Practice in term 2. Alternatively, you can deepen your knowledge of Phonetics and Phonology or design courses for specific groups and create materials using New Technologies.

You will be able to choose a dissertation topic, in consultation with the course leader, which speaks to your own interests and allows you to pursue a particular period, genre, author or critical issue in greater depth. It will also encourage reflection on where ELT is going in the 21st century and make sure you are aware of major theoretical developments in this and related areas. Research training at the appropriate level is provided in the form of the compulsory Research Methods module.  The course makes full use of the range of academic expertise within the department, with modules designed to speak to the research interests of staff as well as offering you variety and intellectual challenge.

Academic expertise

All members of the English language department are highly qualified and experienced and bring a truly international dimension to their teaching. Most have lived and taught extensively abroad, in countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan and other European countries.

Research interests include English for business purposes, IT and multimedia in EFL, English for academic purposes, Chinese-English interference, the status of non-native English speaking teachers, and the status of ELT in developing countries. 

Staff have been guest speakers at conferences throughout the world and deliver on teacher training courses. The Centre for English Language Learning is accredited by the British Council and is an institutional member of the British Association For Lecturers of Academic English (BALEAP) and the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL). 

Susan Barwick|, Head of Centre, has an MA in TEFL from Reading University and specialises in phonetics, phonology and psycholinguistics. David Boydon|  is a full member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and external examiner for The University of Central Lancashire. Mary Archer|  has an MA in Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester and specialises in sociolinguistics, new technologies and research methods. Jan Martin|, Programme Leader, is a BEC examiner, and a CELTA Teacher Trainer and Module Leader for Trends and Issues. Larry Brown|  holds a Dip TEFLA and has a particular interest in designing materials and website construction.

Industry links and professional accreditation


Graduate careers

“Worldwide, there are more English teaching jobs than there are native-speaking teachers to fill them.”   teachenglishworldwide.com

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.

The English Language Teaching MA is unique as it is predominantly practical and 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.

Other career prospects include:

  • Director of studies
  • Web-based teacher and designer
  • ESP trainer for multinational companies
  • Materials and resource designer
  • One-to-one tutor
  • Course management

Fees and funding

Fees and funding options for 2013/14 entry are still under review and are subject to change.

Postgraduate courses fees £4,200
Students Equivalent or Lower Qualification Status* £5,000
Postgraduate courses fees £11,700
Postgraduate courses fees (per year) £2150
Students Equivalent or Lower Qualification Status* (per year)
Continuation UK/EU Fee** £150
Continuation International Fee** £5000

For more information please take a look at our Funding|| section.

* ELQ Student definition - If you are a Home or EU status student and you already have a qualification at or above the level of the programme you wish to study from any country you will be considered as an Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) student. In 2008 the UK Government decided to stop funding universities for student in this situation and therefore the following fees will apply £5,000. Students from outside the EU are not affected by the policy.

** A fee that is charged on a periodic basis where Postgraduate or Research students need to extend their registration to complete the course.


 Learn more about postgraduate funding and finance|


The Clephan Building, home to humanities courses, houses generous teaching accommodation equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment, the Student Advice Centre, Academic Guidance Centre and resources rooms with specialist facilities needed to excel. Our dedicated computer centre includes a state-of-the-art media lab with Apple Intel Mac Pro computers, cinema screens and all the latest creative software applications with full technical support. There are computing classrooms and an additional suite of computer workstations which can be pre-booked. Our computer centre reflects both our commitment to providing access to information technology and our determination to develop innovative teaching methods and web-based learning resources.


How to apply

Students can apply directly to study this postgraduate taught course at DMU by using our online applications portal|.


Contact details

For more information please contact:

Online enquiry form|
UK Study enquiries: 0116 250 6070
International study enquiries: +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70

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