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University of Reading: Education (English Language Teaching)

Institution University of Reading
Department Institute of Education
Telephone 0118 378 5289
Study type Taught


Examine the theory and practice of English language teaching, and deepen your understanding of broader education-related topics, with our MA Education. Acquire knowledge and skills in second language acquisition, teaching methodology, broader educational studies and academic skills. This course is suitable for teachers who have experience of, or interest in, the teaching of English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL).

At the Institute of Education, we adapt our teaching to suit your individual needs. Alongside your core modules, the structure of the course gives you the opportunity to create and shape your learning to suit your needs and personal career aspirations.

Our teaching is interactive, experiential and innovative. We utilise a wide variety of technologies to enhance your learning, including use of presentation tools, interactive whiteboards, mixed media, social media and mobile technologies in our teaching, and screen capture in assessment.

Your tutors are internationally or nationally renowned, and their research regularly has a direct impact on school curricula and learning techniques — both in the UK and abroad. As experts in their field, their research also directly informs the focus and content of your course, and you will benefit from the breadth of their expertise and backgrounds in educating and influencing policy.

Our academics are committed to high quality, world-class teaching, which is reflected in the awards they hold. Our academic community comprises 37 Fellows, Associate Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and a National Teaching Fellow.

Facilities The Institute of Education is based pn our historic London Road campus, which has undergone a £30m refurbishment of the classical Oxford-cloistered quadrangle to create a dedicated world-class education centre.

We have created custom-built spaces for the teaching of specialist subjects, including modern laboratories; musical studios, including an electronic drum kit room and a recording studio; well-equipped art studios and facilities for the practise of work in drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media; and studios for wet photography and printmaking, including silk screen.

The Institute houses an incredible collection of teaching and research resources, called the Learning Hub. A treasure trove for teachers and researchers, the Learning Hub contains an extensive selection of teaching aids for loan or reference, from big books to puppets. A printing and binding facility, and technical equipment library are also available for your use.

Research The Research Excellence Framework 2014, the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, placed the Institute of Education in the top quartile of Education departments in the UK.

Over 80% of our research publications were rated as world leading or internationally excellent. The impact of our research on educational policy and practice in first and second language education was judged to be world leading.

TESOL If you wish to develop the relevant knowledge and skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and related linguistic areas, you might want to apply to our MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course.


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