Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English Language in University Settings

  • [For students starting from MT 2015 and before MT 2018: 1. All candidates must follow a part-time course of instruction in Teaching English Language in University Settings as determined by the Course Director for five terms. All candidates on the course are required to complete eight summatively assessed taught modules, and two formatively assessed residential modules, or, in exceptional cases and as determined by the Course Director, to give evidence of equivalent learning for one of these two residential modules.

    2. Candidates shall be deemed to have passed the examination if they pass seven of the eight modules.  

    3. In each of the two years of this part-time course, an electronic copy of each of two module Michaelmas Term take-home examinations must be uploaded to Weblearn, no later than noon on the Friday of Week 0 of Hilary Term, and an electronic copy of each of two module Hilary Term take-home examinations must be uploaded in the same fashion no later than noon on the Friday of Week 0 of Trinity Term. Each take-home examination must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work.

    4. If a candidate receives a failing mark for any of the summative assessments, they may resubmit the assessment on one further occasion, either by a date for resubmission which will be published by the Course Director when the results are released, and will be no sooner than 6 weeks from the release of the results, or in the corresponding term of the following year when assessments take place. Candidates who fail any modules at the first attempt cannot normally be awarded more than 50 at resubmission.

    5. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence on the overall examination.]

  • [For students starting before MT 2015: 1. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching English Language in University Settings (the Diploma) shall normally have successfully obtained an honours degree. They shall be engaged as teachers of English as a second or foreign language at the time of application, and shall expect to continue this engagement during the Diploma course.

  • 2. All candidates for admission as students for the Diploma must apply to the Course Director at the Department of Education. The Course Director shall forward his or her recommendations for decision to the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Education.

  • 3. All candidates for the Diploma shall follow a course of study approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Education.

  • 4. Every candidate will be required to complete all eight summatively assessed online modules of the course by carrying out tasks and participating in discussions as directed by the Course Director. Every candidate will also be required to complete both formatively assessed residential modules, or, in exceptional cases and as determined by the Course Director, to give evidence of equivalent learning for one of these two modules.

  • 5. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (i) Satisfactory participation in the appropriate web-based tasks and discussions for each module

    • (ii) Satisfactory performance in the take-home examinations. Every candidate must complete all eight take-home examinations, each examination consisting of an essay which will be given a numerical mark and a reflective portfolio which will be marked on a pass/fail basis.

    The overall mark for the Diploma shall be the mean of the seven best marks of the eight essays completed in the take-home examinations. Interim marks will be released to candidates during Hilary Term and Trinity Term of each year after a meeting of the Examination Board for the Diploma.

  • 6. In each of the two years of this part-time course, an electronic copy of each of two module take-home examinations must be sent to the Chair of Examiners, PG Diploma in Teaching English Language in University Settings, Department of Education, no later than noon on the Monday of Week 1 of Hilary Full Term, and an electronic copy of each of two module take-home examinations must be sent in the same fashion no later than noon on the Monday of Week 1 of Trinity Full Term. Each take-home examination must be accompanied by a declaration indicating that it is the candidate’s own work.

  • 7. No candidate shall be examined later than in the seventh term following the start of his or her course of study except with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Education.

  • 8. Candidates for the Diploma who fail the examination may be re-examined on not more than one occasion which shall be in the year following their initial failure. Notwithstanding the provisions in clause 7 above regulating the time allowed for completion of the course, in the case of failure of a student to reach an average passing mark over the seven highest-marked module essays, a resit of all module take-home examinations must be submitted electronically by noon on Monday of Week 1 of Trinity term of the year following the student’s final year of taught modules.

  • 9. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence on the whole examination.

Schedule

  • Summatively assessed modules by distance learning:

    • Module 1 Individual and group differences in language learning

    • Module 2 Listening to and reading English in university settings

    • Module 3 Understanding and teaching the grammar of English

    • Module 4 Speaking and writing in university settings

    • Module 5 Learning and teaching of vocabulary

    • Module 6 Evaluating and designing English language teaching materials for university settings

    • Module 7 New technologies and language learning and teaching

    • Module 8 Assessing language learning

  • Formatively assessed residential modules:

    • Module 0 Induction

    • Module 9 Research methods]