Coventry University: English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Study type Taught


This course has a high level of graduate employment destinations and has been rated excellent by the students for three years running (Raven, 2016-17). The course has, for example, obtained a very high level of satisfaction rating on the national Postgraduate Teaching Experience Survey (PTES), e.g. 97% in 2017-2018.

Past students have valued in particular the outstanding level of academic and pastoral care offered by staff, the variety of assessment tasks on the course, the research-informed teaching and the introduction of the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) into the degree. Students have also found the many extracurricular opportunities offered to them while on the course very appealing.

We aim to recruit staff that are experts in their field, publish regularly, are external examiners in other universities and have a national and international profile. Staff aim to encourage students to engage with them in scholarly activities and become part of the academic communities of practice in the School of Humanities: books and refereed journal articles have been published by staff in collaboration with students, often based on students’ dissertations. This has included research on how to integrate informal online learning platforms into the ELT curriculum and innovative language learning applications (apps) design in collaboration with staff from the Disruptive Media Learning Laboratory at Coventry University.

This course offers a unique mix of theory and practice and encourages students, who are often from a diverse range of countries, to share good and innovative practice and reflect on their own learning and teaching context in an active way.

This MA course has led to internal job opportunities within the Coventry University Group too and has had a very positive impact on its students’ employability prospects, for example many students and graduates have been hired to teach or manage on the CU Services pre-sessional provision.

**Key course benefits;**

- Become part of an international community of practice, which includes visits from groups of teachers and students from partner institutions.

- Take part in curriculum-related study-trips, both in the UK (e.g. London and Stratford-Upon-Avon) and overseas (e.g. The Netherlands, Italy and Spain). Trips may be subject to additional fees, application processes and/or be subject to availability of places.

- Take advantage of a variety of job opportunities (both voluntary and paid) available to students to apply for, ranging from student proctor/mentor to lecturer in English on the pre-sessional course; lecturer in the students’ own language on the Linguae Mundi programme; Add+Vantage University-wide programme or translator.

- Maximise your employability skills. The stress put on linking theory and practice on the course and on developing skills for the world of work translates in the excellent rate of graduate destinations for a PGT course: 88% in 2016-2017 (Raven).

- Benefit from the excellent level of both pastoral and academic support offered on the course, which includes the extensive support provided for the dissertation.

- Have the opportunity to obtain the Cambridge University vocational qualification embedded into the course, the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test), that is recognised worldwide.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching and …

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