Our BA Modern Languages and Teaching English as a Foreign Language offers our students who are interested in a career in TEFL (eg as a way of earning money while living abroad), the chance to combine this with the study of one or two modern languages.
In your first year, you do two TEFL modules and two language modules (in the same or different languages). The same pattern will be repeated in your second and final years. Second-year TEFL modules are Methodology of TEFL and Description of English for ELT. To these you add two language modules. These will depend on your entry level in the particular language, including French, Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese.
Your third year is spent abroad, and your final year includes Directed Classroom Observation and one other TEFL module, such as Teaching Younger Learners, CALL, Language Testing, and Learner Perspectives on Vocabulary. On the modern language side, you carry on with in-depth study of your chosen language.
The special characteristics of our course are flexibility and choice. In your first and second years you take two compulsory modules and two optional modules. You spend your third year abroad. During your final year you take one compulsory half-year module, and the rest of your modules are optional, with restrictions. There is a great deal of choice for these optional modules due to the extensive range of modules offered by our departments.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Foundations of TEFL;
one of: Foundations of Sociolinguistics, Foundations of Psycholinguistics or Foundations of Linguistics; and
two language options
Methodology of TEFL;
Description of English for ELT; and
two language options
Directed Classroom Observation half-option;
one English language teaching option;
one English language teaching half-option; and
two language options
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IELTS band : 6
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English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
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