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Study for a BA Combined Honours in Languages and Internet Systems at the University of Portsmouth

University of Bradford

Modern Languages:

University of Essex Courses List - a description of modules in applied linguistics, linguistics and teaching languages together with up-to-date reading lists for most

Translating and Interpreting

UCL: MA in Translation Theory and Practice

University of Bradford: MA in Interpreting and Translating 

University of Portsmouth: MA/PgD in Translation Studies

University of Surrey: MA in Translation

University of Westminster: MA in Translation and Linguistics

TEFL Courses

1. RSA Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching To Adults (CELTA)

The Cilts Unit
The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge CB1 2EU
Tel 01223 553 789
Fax 01223 553086
email cilts@ucles.org.uk

This is the most widely recognised course.  It is validated by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations syndicate.

2. Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Trinity TESOL
Trinity College London
16 Park Crescent
London W1N 4AR
Tel 0171 323 2328
Fax 0171 323 5201
email info@trinitycollege.co.uk
website http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/

This course is validated by Trinity College London.

Both the RSA and Trinity courses are regarded as adequate as initial training, and both courses will include elements of the following:

  • Language awareness
  • Teacher observation
  • Teaching practice
  • Written assignments
  • Learner profiles
  • Methodology

Prices for these courses vary from place to place, but you should be prepared to pay between £600 and £1000.

3. DOPLA Development of Postgraduate and Language Assistants

Another useful souces of information is the Development of Postgraduate and Language Assistants (DOPLA) website.
A training course was developed at Birmingham by a team of tutors from the Modern Languages Unit, the School of Education and the Staff Development Unit. This five-day course links initial training and related activities with a further taught element combining reflection and additional training after a period of teaching practice. Novice teachers leave each element of the programme with a dossier of practical strategies for language teaching including:

  •      teaching grammar
  •      use of the target language
  •      the role of translation
  •      exploiting authentic materials
  •      communicative methodology
  •      marking and assessment

as well as techniques for classroom management.

4. Universities

Some universities, such as the University of Portsmouth and University of Sussex, run short preparatory TEFL courses for students prior to departure abroad and for other interested parties.  An outline of the Portsmouth course is shown on the Rapport site (see TEFL pack).   


5. International House

See International House

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