Masters in English Language Teaching
Online applications for 2021/22 are now CLOSED, and will reopen in November for 2022/23. Please note the deadline for providing all required documentation (e.g. final transcripts, English certification, references etc.) for 2021/22 applications is 31 July 2021.
All MPhil students are required to attend CLCS orientation sessions which will take place in the week of 6 September 2021 prior to the start of teaching on 13 September.
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha
Full-time: one year, 6 to 8 hours per week of classes.
Part-time: two years, 2 to 6 hours per week of classes.
To apply please see: Postgraduate Taught Courses
Our taught Master's degree (M.Phil.) in English Language Teaching incorporates academic, research and practical elements within its structure. Please note, however, that this course is not the equivalent of a professional award like Delta. Rather, it supports an integrated approach to English language teaching that balances theory with practice.
Our M.Phil. offers you:
- Elite, tailor-made programme
- Flexible design shaped by your interests in English Language Teaching
- Small class size, taught by world-class experts
- Controlled micro-teaching practice
- Wide choice of elective modules offered every year
- Competitively-priced tuition
- The chance to study at a premier university in the heart of vibrant Dublin
- Two-year visa extension for non-EU M.Phil. in English Language Teaching graduates to seek employment in Ireland.
The M.Phil. in English Language Teaching (ELT) will give 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.
For students who are new to teaching, the elective modules in English Language Teaching Practice can provide exposure to lesson planning and teaching approaches through the use of classroom observation, controlled micro-teaching practice, and other means.
In keeping with Trinity College's admission requirements for postgraduate students (see here), applicants should have at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or an equivalent degree from another country (for example, a Bachelors degree with a GPA of at least 3.2). For overseas applicants, country-specific information regarding admission to Trinity College can be found here. Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must meet the College's requirements for English-language proficiency (see here). For this course the minimum acceptable IELTS score is 6.5 with no individual band below 6, or equivalent TOEFL/ Cambridge/ Pearson/ TOEIC / Duolingo (minimum overall score 110 and no individual score below 100), etc.
Preference is given to applicants with relevant teaching experience. Applicants with limited experience of English language teaching may find it advantageous to take an English Language Teaching Practice elective module, as appropriate. Students whose first language is not English are encouraged to attend an eight or four-week a pre-sessional Summer programme to prepare them for postgraduate study in Ireland (see here). All applicants are expected to show proficiency in at least one language other than their first language.
- 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:
- Bilingualism and the Maintenance of Irish (not available in 2021/22)
- Computer Assisted Language Learning
- Corpus Linguistics
- English Language Teaching Practice 1
- English Language Teaching Practice 2
- Language Variation and Change (not available in 2021/22)
- Linguistic Pragmatics
- Linguistic Typology (not available in 2021/22)
- Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching (NEW in 2021/22)
- Speech and Language Technology in Education
- Technology, Language, and Communication
The modules are taught in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, and students prepare and write a 15,000-word dissertation which is due on the 31st of August.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions on the M.Phil. in ELT 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.