Programme code: AK1287
Duration: 1 year full time / 3 years part time
Venue: City Campus
Start date: 3 March 2014 (full time and part time students);
21 July 2014 (part time students only).
Programme administrator: Helen Xue, firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: +64 9 921 9999 extn 6845.
Programme co-ordinator: Clare Conway, email@example.com Ph: +64 9 921 9999 extn 6000.
(a) a relevant 4 year bachelor's degree or
(b) a relevant bachelor's degree with honours or
(c) a relevant postgraduate diploma or
(d) a bachelor's 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 and not less than 7 in speaking and writing.Evidence of relevant professional experience must be submitted upon application. See Addendum.
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 through a reflective practice project.
You critically review the literature and develop a theory of teaching in this area. In the classroom you apply the theory in practice through a number of teaching events.
Key skills practiced in this programme include:
The development of these skills is relevant to teachers’ future careers as they equip teachers to continue their own professional development once the course of study is finished.
Teachers have the opportunity to explore a special area of interest in their teaching. They carry out in-depth reading in their area of focus, try out their theory of teaching in the classroom, and then reflect on their teaching.
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.
168101 Language Analysis
169203 The Language Learner
169206 Contemporary Approaches and Issues in Language Teaching
169202 Reflective Practice Project
169204 Curriculum Design and Assessment
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).
Enhanced prospects for employment and promotion in language teaching positions nationally and internationally in:
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