The Master of Professional Language Studies offers graduates the opportunity to develop advanced professional skills in teaching English or another language. The degree is for teachers who have a preliminary qualification and experience in language teaching.
Programme code: AK1287
Duration: 1 year full time / 3 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018
Enhanced prospects for employment and promotion in language teaching positions nationally and internationally in:
(a) a relevant 4 year bachelor degree or
(b) a relevant bachelor degree with honours or
(c) a relevant postgraduate diploma or
(d) a bachelor degree or graduate diploma and
(e) a relevant professional qualification approved by the dean (or representative) to be equivalent to one year of advanced study.
All applicants must have at least one year of relevant professional experience.An applicant who is admitted under 1(d) and (e) above will be required to provide evidence of further relevant professional experience.
Non-native English speakers require an Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with not less than 6 in each band.
Note: Students teaching in Auckland during their studies must gain approval from their teaching institution to use their own class for the Reflective Practice Project paper. Students not teaching during the programme will be assisted to set up some teaching in order to complete the paper.
This professional masters qualification combines the development of advanced academic knowledge with practical language teaching skills.
You study a range of core and elective topics and then complete a reflective practice project where you identify an area of teaching that you would like to investigate in more depth.
You critically review the literature and develop a theory of teaching in this area of focus. In the classroom you apply the theory through a number of teaching events, and reflection on your teaching.
Key skills practiced in this programme include:
The development of these skills is relevant to your future careers as they equip you to continue your own professional development once the course of study is finished.
Graduates of the programme have explored areas such as teaching vocabulary through reading, teaching spoken language through using authentic texts and intercultural language teaching.
Applicants must discuss their intended study sequence with the programme leader before enrolling in papers. Semester 1 papers are noted below; students wishing to start the programme midyear will need to study part time as Semester 1 papers are a pre-requisite for Semester 2 papers.
LING810 Language Analysis
LNGT801 The Language Learner
LNGT802 Curriculum Design and Assessment
LNGT900 Contemporary Approaches and Issues in Language Teaching
LNGT995 Reflective Practice Project
Students usually complete their work experience in their own language teaching environment.
This means they can make their study directly relevant to their practice. Where this is not possible (e.g. for international students studying in NZ) students are assisted in finding groups of learners for their classroom practice.
The programme has a Language Education Advisory Committee made up of language teachers and language teacher educators from a variety of sectors (tertiary, community, private language schools).
Last updated: 06-Oct-2017 7.47am
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