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English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics PgCert, PGDip, MA

English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics PgCert, PGDip, MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Linguistics English Language Teaching English Language

Course type


Course Summary


This Master’s course aims to provide specialist professional development for English Language Teaching (ELT). It draws on innovative research carried out on the English language by members of the School of Humanities (English language specialists) and focuses on the theory and practice of teaching English in a variety of contexts.

Subject to required student recruitment numbers, the course offers two pathways: one focusing on TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and one focusing on Linguistics and English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The course includes a wide variety of assessment tasks and the opportunity for students to select their own dissertation topic on a subject that is relevant to their teaching context.

The course includes the opportunity to take part in study trips both in the UK and overseas*. In recent years we have ran free trips to the London Museums to design language learning tasks based on the artefacts viewed, and to Stratford-upon-Avon to study the impact that Shakespeare’s language has had on modern English. During the optional study trip to Valencia, Spain, we observe English classes taught in three different universities and discuss intercultural and context-specific issues relating to English Language Teaching with our international partners.

By studying this course, students will have the opportunity to obtain the Cambridge University vocational qualification Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) in Managing the Learning Process, awarded by the University of Cambridge, which is fully integrated and is part of the course. This TKT qualification is recognised in over 60 countries in the world. Students who already have CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) or DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) will be given Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) for it.

How you'll be assessed

This course offers a wide variety of both summative and formative assessment tasks. The stimulating variety of assessment tasks on the course has been praised by both the external examiner and the students on the course.

A formative diagnostic essay task is given at the beginning of the course, to support you with your learning journey into academic practice at MA level. A variety of summative tasks is administered on the different modules to cater for the variety of assessment needs of the multicultural cohort of students who enrol on this course. The course can therefore include traditional academic essays, reports, individual and group presentations, poster presentations, online quizzes, in-class seen tests, project plans, teaching observations, the Teaching Knowledge Test, micro-teaching and a dissertation. Students will also achieve PGCert and PGdip awards in this course.

Different course options

Full time | Coventry University | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Professional Enhancement: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process
Computer Assisted Language Learning: Theory and Practice
Grammar and Phonology for the English Language Teacher
Developing Language teaching Materials
Theories and methods of Language Learning and Teaching

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

This course requirements a minimum grade of 2.2. The course is open to both experienced teachers and to students who have recently graduated. It is suitable for overseas applicants and UK nationals. Graduates from any subject who have an interest in teaching English as a Foreign Language can apply for this course.

University information

Coventry University is famed for its top-class student support facilities, including the Jaguar Centre, which was designed specifically to support postgraduate students. Postgraduate courses are offered in an array of subjects like Creative Writing, Social Work, Financial Management, Aerospace Engineering and Psychology. You can gain a postgraduate qualification through teaching, online learning or research. Options include: Certificate...more