This module can only be studied as part of a qualification (see 'Qualifications' for those that are relevant).
You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
You will be expected to have some language teaching experience and will need access to a language teaching/learning context of some kind. You may be a teacher at primary, secondary or tertiary level, or perhaps you mentor or train adults in a workplace setting. You may teach English to speakers of other languages, or you may teach another area but are interested in how meaning is conveyed through language. Perhaps you are a parent or childcarer and you interact with a child regularly. Our intention is that the module covers all of these possibilities, and other examples of ‘teaching’ in the broadest sense.
The module is taught in English. Your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please see their website for details.
E852 links well with the study of Investigating language in action (E854). If you are studying towards the MA in Education (Applied Linguistics), we strongly recommend that you study E854 first because this module has a greater focus on linguistic analysis which will help you with the more pedagogic focus of E852.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
Outside the UK
This module has been designed with a global audience in mind. Since it is tutored online, you can study this module no matter where you are in the world except for residents of South Africa, who may be restricted to studying through the Open University (OU) affiliate in their country.