Online Master's Degree

Teaching Modern Languages to Adults

Overview of Modules

Each level of the TMLA is made up of a number of modules. At Certificate and Diploma Levels, a student normally takes four modules per year (two per semester), while the Master's Dissertation Level consists of only one module in addition to the writing of the Dissertation. At Certificate Level, the modules are compulsory, but a certain amount of choice is possible at Diploma Level. The modules currently on offer are indicated below.

Please note that it is also possible to take many of the following as single stand-alone modules for professional development purposes. Anyone interested in applying to take individual modules should contact us for further information.

If you would like to read what past students have had to say about various modules, you can find some of their comments below. You might like to start by reading the general which apply to the TMLA as a whole.

Module Title
Brief Description
Cert. 01: The Language Learner

This module offers a solid grounding in theories of language acquisition, as well as covering issues pertaining to multilingualism and adult learning. Important questions of learner needs, motivation and strategies are examined, leading to a consideration of two of today's "hot topics", namely learner empowerment and autonomy, and what these mean in terms of changing roles for both learners and teachers.

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Cert. / Dip. 02: Theories of Language Teaching & Learning

Explore the history of language teaching methodologies, and find out how and why the communicative approach established itself as the dominant paradigm, as well as the various (surprising!) sources from which it has drawn inspiration. Discover how communicative teaching is under attack from more recent ideas and ideologies, and discuss the latest theories, from constructivism to multiliteracies - and engage in the "post-method" debate!

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Cert. 03: Practices of Language Teaching & Learning
This module aims to help you improve your day-to-day teaching practice. You will consider recent and contemporary debates on such topics as class management, teacher language, error correction and peer response, and gain insights into the practicalities of teaching different language areas, as well as how to exploit a wide variety of materials in a pedagogically sound manner.
Cert. / Dip. 04: Intercultural Awareness
This is a major area of contemporary research and debate. Explore the much-discussed relationship between language and culture, and between linguistic competence and cultural competence. Learn how the concept of intercultural competence is being used to challenge the orthodoxies of the communicative approach, and examine the resulting demands on - and benefits for - language learners and teachers.
Dip. 05: Discourse Analysis
Topics broached in this module range from turn-taking patterns in spoken discourse to textual cohesion in writing, and when and how to teach these to students. The main schools of discourse analysis are introduced, and we explore common underlying themes such as culture-specific rhetorical patterns, and discourse as a reflection of power and gender relations. Corpus linguistics is examined, along with the revelations it contains for linguists, teachers and students.
Dip. 06: Current Issues in EFL

This module encourages critical reflection on current debates in areas such as the continuing evolution of the English language, Estuary English vs Received Pronunciation, English and the internet, native vs non-native speakers, linguistic colonialism, International English vs World Englishes, and Western-Eastern cultural conflicts. It aims to encourage sensitivity to the political, social and pedagogical issues raised, so that this may be applied to teaching practice.

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Dip. 07: Languages in Society

Explore current topics and debates in Modern Foreign Languages, including the pressing issues of endangered languages, the need for and benefits of linguistic diversity, and the new area of language ecology. The role of heritage and minority languages will be examined within and alongside UK and EU language policy, as will benchmarking initiatives.

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Dip. 08: Dissertation Writing

This module, which is compulsory for those wishing to proceed to Master's Dissertation Level, introduces students to key issues including the selection and narrowing down of a topic; ethics of research; research in libraries and on the internet; quoting and referencing; plagiarism; structuring a dissertation; tone; using unbiased language; and proofreading.

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Dip. 09: Computer-Enhanced Learning

After sketching out the major social and political consequences of the internet revolution, as well as the technological background to today's developments, this module considers the role of IT in universities & higher education. It examines e-learning from a general theoretical perspective before narrowing the focus to issues of best practice and reflective pedagogical design in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

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Dip. 10: Assessment & Testing
There is much more to the area of test design and assessment than is commonly realised, as this module will clearly demonstrate. Not only will you discover how to design optimal tests, and explore the area of computer-based and adaptive testing, you will consider the underlying issues of washback and impact on society at large. Newer modes of portfolio, peer and self-assessment will be studied in this light.
Mast. 11: Research Methodology
In this compulsory module at Master's Dissertation Level, you will find out more about exploiting secondary sources; conducting primary research (qualitative research, quantitative research, case studies, interviews & surveys); internet research; ethics in research; ethics in internet research; and legal issues (including copyright).
Mast. 12: Dissertation
The topic of your Dissertation will be agreed in advance with your Supervisor and the Programme Director - we hope that having participated in the TMLA, you will have plenty of ideas as to the area(s) in which you'd like to specialise. Of course, if you're not sure, we're always here to help and advise!
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