As the subject association for EAL, NALDIC has been lobbying for many years for greater recognition of the language and learning needs of EAL pupils and for the specialist role of the EAL teacher. We believe that a coherent strategy for EAL learners must include the provision of appropriate specialist initial training and continuing professional development including:
- The establishment of a recognised professional qualification at different levels
- The inclusion of EAL in Initial Teacher Training
- The identification and dissemination of good practice in relation to EAL and bilingualism
- The identification of the knowledge and skills needed by all staff working with EAL pupils
We are happy to provide details of post graduate accredited EAL related courses below. This is for information only and inclusion in this listing does not imply endorsement by NALDIC of either course or course content. If you would like a course included here, please contact us.
Those interested in further research may also wish to consult our archive listing of institutions offering research degrees and supervision in the field of EAL, bilingualism and related areas of study.
The University of Birmingham/NASSEA
Bilingualism in Education
The Bilingualism in Education programme is aimed at teachers and educational practitioners working with multilingual children and young people in multicultural schools. Participants will study the programme on a part-time distance education basis. It is offered as an MEd – 2–6 years; Diploma – 2–4 years; Certificate – 1–2 years
Delivered in partnership with The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement (NASSEA), the programme aims to:
- Increase knowledge and understanding of the language and learning needs of bilingual learners who are learning English as an additional language
- Increase knowledge and practices of working across a diversity of cultures
- Improve classroom practice in planning, implementing and evaluating the curriculum, taking into account the needs of bilingual learners
- Enable students to develop more effective practices with bilingual learners with alleged special educational needs
- Enable students to participate in, and evaluate interpersonal intervention with bilingual children with language learning and learning needs
The programme is offered as an Advanced or Postgraduate Certificate, B Phil, Postgraduate diploma and MEd. The Postgraduate Certificate programme is offered in partnership with NASSEA.
For more details download the course information from http://www.education.bham.ac.uk/programmes/cpd/courses/bilingualism_in_education.shtml
Professor Adrian Blackledge
Tel: 0121 415 8221
Canterbury Christ Church University
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)
This course has been running successfully for a number of years at Canterbury Christ Church. The Certificate is composed of 3 modules (20 credits each) which are delivered termly:
Term 1: Introduction to TEAL ( an overview of main issues including whole school issues and the role of the EAL specialist)
Term 2: Second Language Acquisition and Learning in the Classroom ( a focus on the language learner, taking a sociocultural perspective)
Term 3: The Structure and Teaching of English in Curriculum Contexts
The course is offered 5 Fridays per term (1 - 7pm)
The programme is delivered in Canterbury 5 extended Friday afternoons each term. You will normally be expected to have QTS and in addition, you should have at least three years' relevant teaching experience and access to EAL learners in classroom contexts, necessary for completing your assignments. Assignments are linked to classroom practice and you will be offered individual and group tutorial support.
For general information and application forms contact: Department of Language Studies Secretary: 01227 782585 Email: email@example.com
For programme information contact:
Dr. Charlotte Franson: 01227 782 940 est. 3182 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute of Education
The Institute currently offers two free standing Masters level modules
Professional Role of the EAL Teacher
Course Code: MMATEA_01
Masters Level Module
Aims to develop these areas of professional knowledge and skills: Knowledge of the different teaching roles and models of support for the EAL teacher and the ability to develop collaborative working relationships with main stream colleagues, in particular through partnership teaching. Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of others working with students with EAL in the school, Local Authorities and the community, an understanding of principles of inclusion and race equality, making initial and ongoing assessments of the abilities and the attainments of EAL students, including knowledge of ways of assessing EAL learners' first language proficiency. The ability to contribute to school initiatives, policies and development plans to support the learning of EAL students, knowledge of the wide ranging role of an EAL teacher in relation to the EAL students and their families
Effective Practice for teachers of EAL learners: Bilingual pedagogy and learning across the curriculum
Course Code: MMATEA_02
Masters Level Module
Aims to develop these areas of professional knowledge and skills: Planning and undertaking interventions which reflect and make use of the cultural background and linguistic resources of students. The role and importance of students' first language in the development of their English and as a tool for learning Knowledge and understanding of the school curriculum and its linguistic demands for students The ability to plan interventions and activities that give students with EAL access to the curriculum The development of classroom activities that develop the English language proficiency of students with EAL from basic communication skills to academic language proficiency
Indicative Fee (for each freestanding course)
Further information is available at http://www.ioe.ac.uk/study/Teaching01.html
Contact: Dr Catherine Wallace 020 7612 6536
Kings College London
MA in Language, Ethnicity and Education
This course is offered on a one year full time and 2-4 year part time basis and aims to ensure participants are conversant with ethnicity and multilingualism in urban education. The programme transcends conventional notions of bilingualism, in order to study contemporary multilingualism. Develop a theoretical understanding of how globalisation affects language use and ethnicity; research interests in language, ethnicity and education.
The programme, although rooted in practical experience, places an emphasis on the theoretical study of education. The core module is Language Contact, Bilingualism & Black Englishes and this is combined with 20,000 word dissertation in a topic related to Language Ethnicity & Education. The course is 180 credits (ECTS equivalent 90) .
Full details can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/language%2C-ethnicity-and-education
A full list of available modules can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/ldc/study/masters/modules/index.aspx
These include 'Language Practices in Multiethnic and Multilingual Classrooms' designed for those who are involved in the education of language minority students in the primary, secondary and FE sectors in the UK.
MA in Language and Cultural Diversity
This course is offered on a one year full time and 2 year part time basis and examines the complex relationship between language and cultural diversity, and equips students with an advanced knowledge of major approaches to linguistic aspects of culture. Training will be provided in the research skills and knowledge relevant to further study in empirical and applied linguistics.
The course is 180 credits (ECTS equivalent 90) . Further details can be found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/prospectus/graduate/index/name/language-and-cultural-diversity/alpha/l/header_search/
Manchester Metropolitan University Faculty of Education
PgCert/PgDip/MA Language Education
This course is for teachers already working in a range of language related fields in primary and secondary education, who wish to develop their expertise in areas such as; teaching bilingual learners, English as first language and modern foreign languages. It is intended to support those wishing to become co-ordinators, consultants, advanced skills teachers, heads of department and mentors of trainees and NQTs. The core unit for all courses is Language Development, aimed at providing a firm foundation for a range of optional units relevant to the award. All PgCert/Dips lead to the MA award. Different courses may have different course-specific requirements but units are likely to include; Inclusive Teaching for Bilingual Children, Issues in MFL and Teaching Primary Languages.
Each unit is worth 30 credits and fees are £660 per 30 credit unit.
Courses are part time over 1-3 years and teaching usually takes place 5.30pm to 8.00pm weekday evenings. Course enrolment takes place in January and September.
Full details are available at http://www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/2012/9547/
Contact details: Dr Gee Macrory: email@example.com and Judith Flynn: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northern Association of Support Services for Equality and Achievement
Bilingualism in Education programme
This course is offered in partnership with the University of Birmingham. It offers a flexible system incorporating a Postgraduate Certificate (1 year), Postgraduate Diploma (2 years) and a M.Ed (3 years). Bilingualism in Education is a distance learning programme with distance materials for home study supplemented by a tutorial group once each half term on a Saturday. Tutorial groups are organised regionally according to students' locations.
For more information on the course, please contact Melanie Griffin (NASSEA regional programme coordinator) at email@example.com
The Open University
Language, literacy and learning in the contemporary world (E852)
This online masters-level course is for people interested in exploring language, literacy and learning in today’s world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development. Focusing on the English language, it uses key current ideas and debates, together with audiovisual examples of practice from different language learning contexts, to explore new and more effective ways of helping students to learn language, to learn through language and to learn about language. It is designed for those who are interested in the role of language in education including professionals teaching English either as a first, additional (EAL) or foreign language (EFL).
Expected learning outcomes:
- gain an understanding of the complex relationship between English language and learning by becoming familiar with key theoretical debates within this field
- examine the changing nature of language and literacy and written, spoken, multimodal and digital resources for learning
- learn about key issues in relation to English language and learning: access and participation, identity and engagement, multilingualism and globalisation, power and diversity
- acquire skills to analyse English language and learning contexts of relevance to you, drawing particularly on functional linguistic, sociocultural and ethnographic perspectives
- carry out a supported investigation in an area of interest, using the theoretical and analytical skills developed during the module to examine how learning contexts can be critiqued and transformed.
Online/distance learning course worth 60 Masters Level credits. Course fees in October 2011 £1165
For further information http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/course/e852.htm
University of East London
MA in Multilingualism
The programme aims to provide suitably qualified graduates with the opportunity to examine the phenomenon of multilingualism in the context of individual language use and practices, as well its impact and implications in education, contemporary society and various regions of the world.
Core Modules: Multilingualism in Education; Global Perspectives on Multilingualism; Researching Multilingualism; Dissertation. Option Module Multilingualism in Urban Contexts
It is currently recruiting for September. There is also a start in February.
In addition, the programme provides an overview of the unique theoretical, philosophical, and ethical principles which underpin academic research that contains a language and linguistic focus
The fees are £915 per module (part-time) and £5490 full time (£915x 6)
For full details go to http://www.uel.ac.uk/programmes/cass/postgraduate/multilingualism.htm
For further information pelase contact Ratha Perumal at firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Education, University of Leeds
MA in English as an Additional Language and Education
This is an innovative part-time course, designed for education professionals who wish to develop their expertise in the area of bilingualism and EAL, and move towards leadership positions in schools and other settings. It will build on your professional knowledge in working with pupils who speak other languages in addition to English. Teaching will involve Saturday schools held at the University of Leeds, distance learning and online learning, with flexibility to meet your needs. Assessment will be a combination of formal written essays along with a professional log.
To achieve Master’s level, you will normally need to complete two taught modules (and could do this within a year), followed by a classroom-based critical study in which you can investigate an issue relevant to your own professional experience and work context. After completion of the two taught modules, you may be eligible for a Diploma in EAL and Education.
If you wish to do the Master’s, you need to apply for either:
- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), if you have 60 credits at M level from a PGCE course or equivalent qualifications.
- Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), where you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence of your professional knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the M-level criteria.
We consider applications on an individual basis, and provide you with guidance to meet the criteria for a place on the course.
If you do not have 60 credits at M level, you may be able to complete a Post Graduate Certificate or a Post Graduate Diploma, please contact the Programme Manager for information.
Course fees for 2013 will be £1133
Subsequent years will be charged at a similar rate.
For further information and to discuss your application, please contact the Programme Manager
Dr Jean Conteh
t: +44 (0) 113 343 7958
The School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
Post-Graduate Certificate in Language and Learning (EAL)
This part time MA (Ed) for practising teachers in Bilingualism and supporting pupils for whom English is an additional language. The programme consists of taught modules and a dissertation.
Module 1: Inclusion: a focus on Education for Racial Equality (1/2 module, 15 points). 3 days attendance and one assignment of 3 000 words.
Module 2: Introduction to bilingualism (full module, 30 points). 6 days attendance and one assignment of 6 000 words.
Module 3: Bilingualism and Literacy Development (full module, 30 points)
Module 4: Bilingualism and Special Educational Needs. (1/2 module, 15 points)
Module 5: Research Methods in Education.(full module)
Following the completion of Part 1 students can opt to receive a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education or continue to Part 2 to undertake a dissertation to complete the MA (Ed). (60 points, 20 000 words). Students can also opt to complete a Diploma in Postgraduate Education. This involves taking 6 modules each of which require three full days attendance. Each module is assessed by a 4 000 word assignment worth 20 points at level 6.
Full details are available at http://www.smu.ac.uk/images/stories/documents/education_fliers/SMU-Language%20%20Learning-2010%20(2).pdf
Teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms, Language in Learning across the Curriculum
Teacher Development Course (LILAC)
Language in Learning across the Curriculum (LILAC) is a teacher development course devised and published by Department of Education and Children’s Services, South Australia. It is a revised and improved version of an earlier course, ESL in the Mainstream that several local authorities have used for training mainstream teachers.This new version of the course, covering the four language skills, has been redeveloped with an emphasis on academic language and functional English in the context of genre theory and language development across the curriculum.
The course introduces teachers to the language-related needs of ESL (EAL) students and aims to help them develop teaching practices which address these needs. It also aims to ‘develop teacher’s awareness of how to accommodate the cultural and linguistic diversity and experiences of ESL (EAL) students’. Teacher participants work through nine modules, each running for about two and a half hours. During the workshop sessions, they are encouraged to develop collaborative working relationships and a shared understanding of how to support EAL students. They are also supported to trial suggested strategies and reflect critically and openly on their teaching. In between the workshops, there are readings and practical activities, which means a total of fifty hours specialist ESL professional development is provided. The materials were developed and written for Australian schools and are aimed at the needs of advanced bilingual learners.
The tutor programme is an intensive five-day train-the-trainer style professional development program for experienced 'ESL informed' teachers. Training is delivered in host schools around the world to small groups of between 10 and 20 teachers. Successful graduates become resident school-based tutors.
Details of forthcoming tutor courses can be found here http://www.unlockingtheworld.com/training_venues