Core modules TESOL Methods: This module is designed to develop your knowledge of and explore the application of the methodology of teaching English as a second/foreign language. You will examine the nature of each of the four language skills from a discourse perspective and develop links between what teachers and learners do in class and what applied linguistic research tells us about how second language acquisition takes place. You will gain an understanding of interactional competence and learn how to develop it among L2 learners. English Linguistics: For some students this module may act as a review of some aspects of their previous study, for others it will act as an introduction to key aspects of the field of Linguistics. You will be provided with the essentials in the study of the structure of English and get the opportunity to understand the organising principles that unite the various levels of linguistic analysis. You will further learn how to relate the above to language use in a socio-cultural context and gain an overview of how the above theories are linked to the processes involved in teaching English as a second/foreign language. Research Methods in Language Learning and Teaching: This module will give you an understanding of methods used to research language learning and teaching. You will explore the relationships between research questions, methods, data analysis and subsequent claims. Planning and Communicating Research: Building on the knowledge and understanding of research methods gained in the previous module, you will engage in planning of a small research project, identifying and managing the different stages involved, from conception to analysis to writing up and disseminating your results. This module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for conducting a research study and will allow you to reflect on these to enrich your own experience. Optional Modules Study your choice of one optional module which may be chosen from the list of modules available to all taught MA students in the Department of Education. Modules that may be of particular interest for students on this course include: Bilingualism Cross-linguistic influences in second language acquisition Discourse analysis & language teaching Evaluating ESOL classroom practice Intercultural communication in education Learning and Teaching Second Language Reading Motivation in education Teaching and learning in schools Teaching World English Contemporary issues in teaching Developmental psycholinguistics The practice of English language teaching Psychology of language and language learning Teaching English for academic purposes Testing and assessment in English language teaching.