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English Language Teaching (M.Phil. / P.Grad.Dip.)

1 Year Full TIme/2 Years Part Time

Course Description

The course is aimed at both new and experienced teachers of English as a foreign or second language. The programme gives practising teachers the opportunity to explore current issues in ELT, and to deepen their understanding of the theoretical and practical concerns that underlie their teaching. The course includes a “Professional Practice in TESOL” strand, aimed at those students who are new to teaching, or want a more practically-oriented degree. The Professional Practice in TESOL strand involves students selecting "English Language Teaching Practice 1" and "English Language Teaching Practice 2" for their elective subjects.

 The programme benefits in particular from CLCS’s involvement in the development and implementation of two Council of Europe tools that are important in the current debate about language learning, teaching and assessment world-wide: the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio. Students take six modules and undertake a research project leading to a 15,000 word dissertation. Four core modules are mandatory and two are elective options. Core modules include:

  • Describing English Grammar
  • Language Testing
  • Pedagogical Grammar of English
  • Second Language Curriculum Planning and Implementation


The elective modules include:

  • Bilingualism and the Maintenance of Irish.
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • English Language Teaching Practice 1
  • English Language Teaching Practice 2
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Linguistic Pragmatics
  • Linguistic Typology
  • Multilingualism
  • Speech and Language Technology in Education
  • Technology, Language, and Communication

Course Details


1 Year Full TIme/2 Years Part Time

Course Coordinator

Dr Gessica De Angelis

Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

30 June 2019

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or equivalent; GPA of at least 3.2). Preference is given to applicants with relevant teaching experience. However, applicants without English language teaching experience will be encouraged to take the English Language Teaching Practice elective modules. Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to attend an eight or four-week pre-sessional Summer programme to prepare them for postgraduate study in Ireland. All applicants are expected to show proficiency in at least one language other than their first language.



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+353-1-896 1106