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M.Phil. Masters in English Language Teaching (TESOL)

Applications for 2017-18 will open on 1 November 2016.

The M.Phil. in English Language Teaching is superior to most other Masters in TESOL, because it incorporates a professional, academic, and research element within its one-year structure.

Course Structure

Detailed information (all M.Phil. courses): Frequently Asked Questions

For queries regarding the M.Phil in English Language Teaching please contact Dr. Sarah O'Brien

Course Co-ordinator: Dr. Gessica De Angelis

Applications for 2016-17 now closed.

To apply please see: Postgraduate Taught Courses

Full-time only: one year, 6 to 8 hours per week of classes.

Course Handbook 2016-17: PDF | MS Word

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About the M.Phil in English Language Teaching

As the importance of English as a global language has continued to grow, English teachers have increasingly sought to deepen their understanding of the nature of language teaching and learning in light of the diverse challenges they face. The M.Phil. programme in English Language Teaching is aimed at meeting the needs of teachers who wish to enhance their career options. The M.Phil. in English Language Teaching is superior to most other Masters in TESOL in Ireland and the UK, because it essentially incorporates a professional, academic, and research elements within its one-year structure. Thus, graduates can obtain a degree that will provide them more opportunities for professional or educational growth.

Structured Coursework, Research, and Professional Teaching Practice

The research aspect of the degree allows students to explore an area of interest, collect original data, and write up a thesis. This will allow students to go on to doctoral studies in the future. The coursework component allows students to take 4 core and 2 elective modules designed to improve theoretical knowledge of TESOL practices. The professional elective modules involve 40 hours of controlled classroom practice, similar to professional teaching qualifications like the CELTA and DELTA. Most other coursework masters around the world do not contain a professional or research element, and thus the M.Phil. in ELT opens up more options for students' professional and educational futures.

Strands for both Experienced and New Teachers

Strand: 1. The M.Phil. for experienced teachers

The M.Phil. in English Language Teaching will give practicing 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 programme benefits in particular from the CLCS’s involvement in the development and implementation of two Council of Europe frameworks 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.

Strand 2. The Professional Practice in TESOL strand for new teachers

The Professional Practice in TESOL strand is aimed at those students who are new to teaching, or want a more professionally-oriented degree. The Professional Practice in TESOL strand will involve students selecting "English Language Teaching Practice 1" and "English Language Teaching Practice 2" for their elective subjects. Please note that students enrolling in Teaching Practice 2 must demonstrate an IELTS (or equivalent) score of 7.5 to ensure communicative competence in the langauge classroom. Support classes for taking the IELTS class are available here.

The English Language Teaching Practice 1 and Practice II elective modules aim:

  • to explore the practical implications of language learning theory in classroom practices today
  • to deepen students’ understanding of the pedagogical implementation of second language curricula into existing classrooms;
  • to provide students with opportunity to observe and reflect on real teaching practices, lesson plans, teaching materials, and assessment methods
  • to provide students with a supported opportunity to teach in a real language classroom.

Application Requirements

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. (Details provided here). All applicants are expected to show proficiency in at least one language other than their first language.

What does the programme look like?

You take four obligatory ‘core’ modules:

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

...and choose two from among the following menu of elective modules:

  • English Language Teaching Practice 1
  • English Language Teaching Practice 2 (pre-requisite of IELTS 7.5+interview)
  • Technology, Language, and Communication
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • History and Globalisation of English
  • Linguistic Pragmatics
  • Multilingualism

The modules are taught in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, and students prepare and write a 15,000-word dissertation in Trinity term and the long vacation (April-August).

What will I learn?

On successful completion of the course, graduates should be able to:

  • engage in the description and analysis of the English language
  • analyse aspects of English in relation to other languages
  • debate central concepts in the applied linguistics of English language teaching
  • discuss more advanced topics in the study of the English language and demonstrate the application of this knowledge to the solution of linguistic problems
  • integrate theory and practice in the teaching of English such as English language teaching and learning, language policy, language and technology, and the globalisation of English
  • undertake research relevant to the applied linguistics of English language teaching, having due regard to the ethical, empirical, and theoretical aspects of this research
  • communicate the results of their research on topics in the linguistics of English language teaching through written papers, oral presentations, and other means where appropriate

Further information

For further information about the M.Phil. in English Language Teaching please contact Dr. Gessica De Angelis.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions on the M.Phil. in English Language Teaching and related M.Phil. programmes.

For a more in-depth insight into the shape and content of the programme, please consult our current course handbook. Note that the information provided in the handbook is subject to change from year to year.

Telephone: +353-1-8961560



To apply please see: Postgraduate Taught Courses

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