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Languages - Post Primary Teaching

Overview
The Professional Master of Education (Languages) programme is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching. Graduates will become post-primary teachers of two of the following languages: French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish. English as a second language (ESL) is offered as an option on this programme. Applicants are required to hold a level 8 honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant discipline. This course will develop students’ understanding of the language-learning process and associated pedagogies. Successful completion of an interview, part of which will be conducted in the proposed languages to be studied, will be a requirement. This programme is designed as follows:

•To provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching and to promote the development of students as effective and reflective teachers

•To develop students' understanding of the language-learning process and associated pedagogies

•To provide students with experience of the application of technologies in language learning

•To develop further students' language skills in their chosen language(s), with particular reference to teaching through the target languages and the use of the target language in classroom management

•To develop further students' understanding of socio-cultural aspects of language learning and teaching

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2.2 or above) (QQI) in a relevant discipline. An interview in the proposed languages to be studied will be a requirement. Personal attendance at interview is require. In line with Teaching Council and HEA protocol, when applying for a place on the Professional Master of Education programme, the PME Applicant is required to make a formal declaration, using a Subject Declaration Form that he/she:

1.Holds/will hold, by the date of commencement of the PME programme, a level 8 honours degree.

2.The qualifying degree must carry at least 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits (or equivalent) per language. In the case of English as a second language (ESL) there is no requirement to have any credits or qualification prior to commencing the programme.

3.Irish: 60 credits including at least 20 credits in literature in at least two of the following poetry, prose, media and drama over each of the three years of the programme (for example, if you have additional Irish modules, you will need to have passed modules from each of the three years of the Irish programme - not just taking modules from one year or just two years of the programme. If you completed the modules in one year, that would be acceptable, but the modules have to come from each of the three years of the Irish programme).

4.Modern Languages: 60 credits over three years of the programme including a minimum of 15 credits for literature modules. If you completed the modules in one year, that would be acceptable, but the modules have to come from each of the three years of the modern languages programme.

5.Subject Declaration Form (which is available here) for each of the subjects you wish to teach must be fully completed and attached with your application to this programme.

Garda clearance is also required for this programme.

What to Include with your Application
•Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
•English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document
•Additional Information Form
•Subject Declaration Form

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Duration

2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
Graduates of the programme will be eligible to be employed as teachers of both languages in second-level schools.

Further enquiries

Department: Education and Professional Studies
Course Director: Mary Masterson
Tel: 353-61-233743
Email: mary.masterson@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Semester 1:
Becoming a Teacher: Identity and Agency
Understanding Learning
Planning for School Placement
Integrating Language & Teaching 1
Language Pedagogy 1: The Language Teacher as Professional Practitioner

Semester 2
Understanding Teaching and Learning
School Placement 1
Research Methods 1
Integrating Language & Teaching 2

Year 2:
Semester 3:
Understanding Schools
School Placement 2
Research Methods 2
Integrating Language & Teaching 3

Semester 4
Curriculum Policy and Reform
History, Policy & Contemporary Issues in Education
Teacher As Professional Practitioner
Research and Practice Portfolio
Reporting Educational Research
Language Pedagogy 2: The Language Teacher as Reflective Practitioner

Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.

Comment

The Master of Education (Languages) programme is designed to provide graduates with a professional qualification in language teaching. Graduates will become post-primary teachers of two of the following languages: English as a second language, French, German, Irish, Japanese, Spanish. Applicants are required to hold a level 8 honours degree (2.2 or above) in a relevant discipline. Furthermore, all applicants must ensure that both languages chosen are recognised by the Teaching Council for the purpose of teaching in post-primary schools.

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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