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PMTELAAR - MA Teaching Languages (Arabic)

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Arts Level Masters
Possible interim awards Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
Total credits for course 180
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Professional Courses
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 1 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time Day & Evening 2 YEARS 6 YEARS
Full-time (January Entry) 1.5 YEARS 6 YEARS
Course leader Ahmad Nazari

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The MA in Teaching Languages (Arabic) offers the chance to study in an exciting multicultural environment alongside Arabic teachers and other language professionals. The course enhances students’ disciplinary knowledge and understanding, introduces them to new ways of thinking about Arabic language, language pedagogy and practice and opens them up to career opportunities that they may not have previously considered. In so doing, it provides a boost to students, whether in the early stages or in the middle of their career.

The course explores the cultural, educational, political, linguistic and other contexts in which the Arabic language is learned, taught and used. It enables students to become both more reflexive and

Reflective in teaching Arabic and encourages them to think of themselves as Arabic language professionals with a strong contribution to make in the field.

The course structure allows students to develop their professional and academic interests through wide reading, guided discussion and supported research, encouraging them to develop the abilities they will need to become highly skilled and globally employable Arabic language teachers, policy makers, educators and researchers. The course allows students to deepen their understanding of the fundamental disciplinary areas of the Arabic language, culture, pedagogy and linguistics while also involving a closer focus on more specific theoretical and/or practical themes. These include key areas such as Arabic language awareness, Arab cultures, concepts and issues in language learning, language assessment and testing, materials design for teaching Arabic, etc. Students also undertake a supervised research study leading to a dissertation and in preparation for this take a module in research methods in applied linguistics.

The normal pattern of teaching on the course is through a combination of lectures, seminars, and one to one tutorials. Lectures on the MA tend to be fairly interactive and we encourage students to raise questions or make comments if they wish. The seminars provide the opportunity for deeper discussion of the issues and themes which arise during the lecture and from the associated reading. Seminars involve a variety of activities such as presentation and discussion of assigned readings, analytical tasks or small-scale group research projects. Tutorials are generally held to provide feedback, support learning, monitor students’ progress on the course or to meet individual student’s needs. There are also on-line resources available through the Internet. The course has a general Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and each module has its own specific Weblearn resource to accompany the face-to-face teaching. This means that students can access readings, lecture slides and other materials and participate in on-line discussions. In addition to a number of books and journals in print, the university library has a large number of e-books, e-journals, academic and educational databases relevant to the MA.

Course aims

The MA in Teaching Languages (Arabic) aims to:

  1. provide an appropriate context for professional, academic and personal development in the field of Teaching Arabic which builds upon the concept of reflective teaching and a critical approach to theory and practice
  2. offer a programme of study that is academically challenging and professionally rigorous in that it stretches the participants’ critical thinking and encourages them to develop their knowledge and skills in evaluation, analysis and research at Master’s level
  3. provide an opportunity for the participants to develop an in-depth insight into a wider range of disciplinary perspectives on theory, practice and policy and to extend their knowledge and understanding of the themes in Arabic language teaching
  4. help them become independent professionals who can critically evaluate and analyse concepts and issues related to their professional practices and can solve practice-related problems
  5. develop their knowledge, skills and experiences that can help them accept leadership responsibilities in their future jobs
  6. enable participants to apply theoretical knowledge to practice-oriented tasks, by becoming independent researchers

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • apply methods and techniques appropriate to their own research or advanced scholarship in Teaching Languages (Arabic)
  • apply knowledge with originality, based on a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Teaching Languages (Arabic)
  • evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in Teaching Languages (Arabic)
  • evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses
  • deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • exercise self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
  • exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • learn independently for the purposes of continuing professional development.

Assessment strategy

A wide range of different assessment strategies are used on the course. Examples include oral presentations, poster presentations, materials and test development, case studies, coursework as well as academic essays. A final dissertation of around 15000 words is the single assessment on the guided independent research study. A combination of summative and formative strategies are also in place.

Modules required for interim awards

1. For PG Certificate: Any 60 credits (except for the Dissertation) from Course Structure

2. For PG Diploma: Any 120 (except for the Dissertation) credits from Course Structure

3. For MA: 180 credits from Course Structure

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Autonomous learning and independent and critical thinking and development are central to the focus of the course and therefore encouraged from the beginning of the course. Personal development takes place through one-to-one tutorials and feedback sessions.

Arrangements on the course for careers education, information and guidance

1. The institutional career advice
2. Introducing students to professional potential employers

Other external links providing expertise and experience

Connecting students with
1. potential employers
2. London Met alumni
3. Professional organisations and networks

Career opportunities

The MA offers opportunities for career advancement both in the UK and abroad. Most of the graduates can find employment after completion of the MAs, some returning to more senior positions in their previous employment while others can move into new areas such as school management or language advisory work. Some of our students continue with us to do a PhD.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a good degree in a relevant field (eg languages, linguistics, English, TESOL, TEFL, ELT, Applied Linguistics)
  • usually some experience of language teaching

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2015/16 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 13 Jan 2016 Last validation date 13 Jan 2016  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes X162 (Teaching English as a Foreign Language): 100%
Route code TELAAR

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LN7010 Arabic Linguistics and Cultures Core 20 NORTH AUT WED PM
LN7011 Arab World Studies Core 20 NORTH AUT FRI PM
LN7012 Materials Design for Teaching Arabic Core 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
LN7075 Issues in Language Learning: An Intercultural A... Core 20 NORTH AUT THU PM
LN7076 Language Testing and Assessment (Arabic) Core 20 NORTH SPR FRI PM
LN7077 Research Methods Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
LN7P13 Teaching Arabic Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH SUM TUE AM

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LN7010 Arabic Linguistics and Cultures Core 20        
LN7011 Arab World Studies Core 20        
LN7012 Materials Design for Teaching Arabic Core 20 NORTH SPR WED PM
LN7075 Issues in Language Learning: An Intercultural A... Core 20        
LN7076 Language Testing and Assessment (Arabic) Core 20 NORTH SPR FRI PM
LN7077 Research Methods Core 20 NORTH SPR TUE PM
LN7P13 Teaching Arabic Dissertation Core 60 NORTH SPR TUE AM
          NORTH SUM TUE AM