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MA Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Year 1

(Award available for year: Postgraduate Certificate)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

Pedagogical knowledge:
- Demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge of the range of academic contexts and pedagogical options.
- Demonstrate the ability to expertly apply comprehensive knowledge of the field to professional practice.

Discipline Knowledge:
- Exhibit mastery in analysing and describing academic communication for the purposes of teaching.
- Critically evaluate current issues and research both within the field and across higher education.

Research and professional competency
- Take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- Proactively formulate ideas and issues and to investigate, evaluate and communicate these;
- Critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (taught), Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self-direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critically to engage in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.
- The skills necessary to communicate scholarship, research and ideas via a range of genres and formats.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline;
- demonstrating the ability to practically apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;
- drawing on a knowledge base and a range of perspectives on an area of study;
- evaluating practices.
- making reasoned contextual judgements whilst understanding the complexity and limitations on judgements made within a contested and emerging knowledge base.


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