PhD English Language Teaching

  • On Campus
  • 36 months
  • GBP11950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
University of Essex | Colchester, United Kingdom
We offer supervision for our PhD English Language Teaching in a wide range of areas, including: vocabulary teaching, teaching reading and literacy development, writing pedagogy and academic writing, corpus-based pedagogy, teaching English to young learners, task-based language learning, language testing, classroom interaction, materials design and evaluation, teacher beliefs and teacher identity, and English for Academic Purposes.

Description of English Language Teaching

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The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

We offer supervision for our PhD English Language Teaching in a wide range of areas, including: vocabulary teaching, teaching reading and literacy development, writing pedagogy and academic writing, corpus-based pedagogy, teaching English to young learners, task-based language learning, language testing, classroom interaction, materials design and evaluation, teacher beliefs and teacher identity, and English for Academic Purposes.

Examples of PhD projects which our students have undertaken include students attitudes to native and non-native English language teachers, the role of metacognitive awareness in EFL reading, English teachers beliefs about and practices of teaching methodology, and genre analysis of Japanese and British introductions to PhD theses in the field of literature. This PhD is available as a PhD by Supervised Research (three years) and as an Integrated New Route PhD (four years).

Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers, but also in teacher education, in the area of educational advice and management, programme evaluation, and syllabus design.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 11950 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4000 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2015, January  2016, April  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Project Type Open

Course Content

Your research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge. You develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. A PhD can open doors to many careers.

Your supervisor

Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, you will be allocated a supervisor whose role it is to guide you through the different stages of your research degree. In some cases, you may have joint supervision by two members of our staff.
The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your research student experience and you will have regular one-to-one meetings to discuss progress on your research. Initially, your supervisor will help you develop your research topic and plan.
Twice a year, you will have a supervisory board meeting, which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

How you will study

Within our Department, on our four-year route (the Integrated ‘new route’ PhD), your first year is a preparatory MRes year so you take six training modules and write an assessed MRes dissertation. This programme is ideal if you wish to develop your knowledge of existing research and improve understanding of research methods before embarking on independent research. Your second year is when you embark on your research topic and the writing your PhD thesis, while your third and fourth years are spent writing your PhD thesis.
On our three-year supervised research route, if you already have a solid knowledge of existing research in your field and a good understanding of research method, plus a suitable research proposal, you immediately begin your independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor and supervisory board. In your second year you continue your independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor and supervisory board. In your third year, you continue your independent research, under the guidance of your supervisor and supervisory board.

Finalising your PhD

Within our Department of Language and Linguistics, throughout your research studies, your training needs will be regularly assessed. Every six months your progress is formally checked by a supervisory board consisting of your supervisor, an adviser, and a chairperson. You fill in a form answering questions about your progress, and there may be a face to face meeting to discuss how you are getting on.
Your thesis has a maximum length of 80,000 words. No minimum is stated, and examiners could well be happy with 60,000 words of write up of good quality research.

Seminars and conferences

Our Department of Language and Linguistics has a strong research group culture, so our graduate students are encouraged to take part in our weekly departmental seminar which regularly features eminent outside speakers.
We organise two conferences annually that are specifically for our graduate students to present work and gain valuable conference presentation practice.

English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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

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Requirements for English Language Teaching

For research study within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
However, if you do not have a Masters degree, we also offer a four-year integrated PhD, where your first year is spent doing a Masters before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research.
If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Work Experience for English Language Teaching

No work experience is required.

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University of Essex, United Kingdom

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