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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 12k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 15 January 2016

    Description

    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.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline January 15 Tuition fee
    • GBP 9000 Year (EEA)
    • GBP 11950 Year (Non-EEA)
    Start date October 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    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.

    Year 1

    Foundations of TEFL;
    one of: Foundations of Sociolinguistics, Foundations of Psycholinguistics or Foundations of Linguistics; and
    two language options

    Year 2

    Methodology of TEFL;
    Description of English for ELT; and
    two language options

    Year 3

    Year abroad

    Year 4

    Directed Classroom Observation half-option;
    one English language teaching option;
    one English language teaching half-option; and
    two language options


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS

    Requirements

    • A-levels: ABB-BBB
    • GCSE English: C
    • IB: 32-30 points (we consider IB certificates at the Higher Level on a case-by-case basis)
    • Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 6 level three credits at distinction and the remainder at merit (or above) or achievement of the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 level three credits at merit (or above).
    • If French or Portuguese is taken as the major language, A-level French or Portuguese/Spanish (or equivalent) is required. German, Italian and Spanish can be studied as the major language either from scratch, via our intensive route, or via our post A-level route. All languages can be studied from scratch as the minor language.
    • If you are interested in studying a language for which you consider yourself to be a native speaker, please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office.

    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.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than University of Essex.

    Funding

    For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.

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