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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.57k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 13.1k / 1 year
  • Deadline:
  • 31 5월 2017
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 94pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    The PGCEM course adopts a broad definition of the term "Second Language Education". It considers issues relating to the teaching and learning of modern languages in English schools and communities as well as issues relating to the teaching of English as a Second/Foreign/Additional Language across the world. The course enables students to combine linguistic and social analysis in their research.

    The route aims to combine in-depth critical understanding of the main currents of conceptual thinking in the literature on second language learning with practical training in aspects of L2 empirical research. The aims of the route are:

    • To examine key theoretical perspectives which have influenced recent research in second language education and to relate these to the wider context of educational research;
    • To analyse and develop effective methodologies in conducting empirical research in second language teaching and learning in schools and communities;
    • To develop critical skills with respect to the literature on research in second language teaching and learning, focusing mainly on core readings which provide instructive examples of empirical research;
    • To investigate the language education issues in an international and comparative perspective. All students will receive individual supervision in the planning and analysis of an L2-related empirical project of their choice which will form the centre piece of their thesis and which will draw on different strands of the theoretical and methodological components of the taught units.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the programme, students will have:

    • a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
    • demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
    • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
    • demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.


    Students wishing to continue from the PGCEM to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

    • Module 1 Learning Context: Second Language Learning Theories across Disciplines
    • Module 2 Pedagogical Context: Second Language Classroom Pedagogies across Cultures
    • Module 3 Policy Context: International Perspectives on Language Education Policy and Multilingualism
    • Module 4 Research Context: Multiple Approaches to Researching Language, Learning and Education

    The four modules cover various topics, each focusing on the theme of Learning, Teaching, Policy and Research respectively. These themes provide overall structural coherence to the course. The taught sessions in this strand are scheduled on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Part-time PGCM-MEd students are required to complete half of each module and attend the sessions on Wednesdays only.

    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.


    IMPORTANT: This course is only open to students who have completed the PGCE at the Faculty of Education.  PGCEM applicants are NOT required to submit transcripts or references.

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