Birkbeck, University of London: Language Teaching

InstitutionBirkbeck, University of London View institution profile
Department Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Birkbeck's specialist MA Language Teaching is designed for people who are already experienced foreign or second language teachers who want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field.

Our MA Language Teaching will develop both your understanding of classroom practice and of key areas of research that inform practice. This is a course on which the importance of bridging the gap between theory and practice is valued and it is structured to reflect the fine balance between the two. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching.

The programme's unique features are:

- its focus on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching

- locally based teachers of languages other than English having the opportunity to share their experiences with students from all over world, thus gaining insight into a wide range of language teaching contexts internationally

- two dissertation pathways: either an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning, or an independent library-based project on a topic of your choice.


- In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

- You will gain a broader view of language teaching and learning by drawing on the rich and diverse research in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication.

- You will join a vibrant and diverse community supported by the Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society, which is student run. An annual Postgraduate Student Research Conference is organised by the Society every summer. In addition, the Centre for Multilingual and Multicultural Research hosts a lecture series given by international visiting scholars. Birkbeck also actively collaborates with the larger community of applied linguists throughout University of London colleges, including the Institute of Education, the School of Oriental and African Studies and University College London, which are all next door to Birkbeck in Bloomsbury, while King’s College London is a short walk away.

- If you are interested in an academic career, MA Language Teaching can allow you to progress to doctoral study.


Birkbeck, University of London



Birkbeck, part of the University of London, offers nearly 300 taught and research postgraduate programmes across arts and humanities, business and economics, law, science and social science. As an evening teaching specialist, Birkbeck offers its taught postgraduate courses between 6-9pm, with some courses available through distance learning. As with undergraduate courses, postgraduates can study full-time or part-time.

Home to 44 research and specialist institutes, Birkbeck is the sixth largest provider of taught postgrad courses for UK and EU students - some 44% of its 11,000-plus students are on postgrad programmes. Around 90% of its academics …

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