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Education - ELT Writing Materials

PGCert

Key facts


Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Course length

Part time: 12 months

Department

School of Education

Overview


Our PGCert Education - ELT Writing Materials is for language teachers wishing to develop their skills when designing materials for language learners to a professional level.

This course covers the complete writing cycle, from the first concept to piloting. It concludes with an author’s ‘pitch’ to an editorial board that includes members of the ELT publishing industry.

During the course you will:

  • evaluate the different types and purposes of ELT materials and their match for specific audiences
  • engage with current professional dialogue about the nature and value of materials and their impact on learners, teachers and the learning culture
  • gain the skills of critical and constructive peer review
  • gain the skills for piloting and editorial processes.

You will be able to create principled, theorised resources that meet the needs of a specific learner group. As well as the English Language Teaching (ELT) market.

As a successful graduate of this course you are able to join a professional ELT database that is accessed by publishers seeking authors.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students should normally have a first degree and relevant teaching experience in this area.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU part time
£725 per single module

Home/EU distance learning
£725 per single module

International distance learning
£1,580 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£745 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£745 per single module

International / EU distance learning
£1,655 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU part time
£725 per single module

Home/EU distance learning
£725 per single module

International distance learning
£1,580 per single module

2021 / 22
Home (UK) part time
£745 per single module

Home (UK) distance learning
£745 per single module

International / EU distance learning
£1,655 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment


The PG Certificate in ELT Materials Writing consists of three modules (60 credits).

These can be taken part time, either on-campus or by distance learning over one year.

On-campus

In semesters one and two, taught modules are usually taught over eight weeks on Wednesdays 5.00pm - 8.00pm. In semester three there is an independent study module with tutorials.

Distance learning

This involves part-time online learning through the use of our Moodle platform. Each module usually requires about 12 hours a week plus time spent on assessment.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

ELT Changing Methodologies (20 credits)

As an experienced ELT practitioner, you can use this module to extend your practice and bring yourself up to date with cutting-edge professional dialogue and research. You’ll engage with current issues in ELT by asking: what is changing in the English language profession and why?

We’ll aim to answer this question through:

  • debates
  • talks with practitioners and specialists from the ELT field
  • exchange of experience and expertise from the student cohort
  • fieldwork
  • small-scale research enquiry
  • critical engagement with professional literature.  

You’ll be encouraged to review your current practice, and form your own critical responses to professional debates.

 

ELT Materials Writing (20 credits)

You’ll evaluate ELT materials and develop skills in materials writing in this hands-on module. You’ll engage with the latest professional dialogues about the nature and value of materials and their impact on learners, teachers and the learning culture. You’ll strengthen your critical skills in evaluating materials, from their role in learning to aspects of design. 

You’ll gain practical experience through scoping, researching and developing your own cycle of activities, which you’ll also trial and pilot. You’ll do this with an understanding of the real-world constraints that are involved in the ELT materials writing industry. You’ll also have considered the relevant research on materials writing design and practice.

Optional modules

Independent Study: Investigating Practice (20 credits)

This is a chance to carry out an independent study/practice investigation. You’ll choose your own topic, with approval from your module leader / subject co-ordinator. The topic will be relevant to your own practice, but areas of investigation might include (for example):

  • developing pedagogical approaches or curriculum materials 
  • evaluating learners’ achievement levels
  • reviewing the evidence base for changes to educational practice
  • appraising learning environments and learning opportunities.

It’s also possible to carry out retrospective evaluation of a project, provided the project took place within the last five years. This might be on:

  • the impact of a professional development programme or initiative
  • the experience of designing and delivering a new scheme of work 
  • the process of implementing an educational change or project. 

Reading for Pleasure (20 credits)

Reading for Pleasure has gained a strong foothold in the latest National Curriculum. Exploring what reading for pleasure is and what it can mean in and out of the classroom is a worthy exploration. Yet acknowledging the importance of the pleasure of reading is not enough. How do we cater for young readers and how do we ensure that the worlds we share are as diverse as the world in which we live in? We'll explore a range of text types. Focussing on picturebooks and the complex relationship between word and picture.  

As part of the module, you might undertake activities like:

  • collaborative presentation work with peers
  • critiquing and exploring ideas in children's literature together
  • investigating and discussing best practice in groups
  • evaluating and exploring digital media. 

Children’s Literature Through the Ages (20 credits)

The history of children’s literature is an interesting one. A rich and tumultuous beginning and a growing diverse picture that we are building today. The genre leaves us with one question: who is children’s literature for? 

Written by adults, what do these stories tell us about our society and culture, and what political ideas do they carry? Are children aware of these ideas and their possible interpretation? 

You'll investigate its history and explore the ideas within two comparative texts from differing periods. Exploring issues relating to race, gender, politics and culture.  

This module is designed to complement the Reading for Pleasure module.

 

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods include:

  • group discussions to evaluate published materials and resources
  • seminars to discuss and share literature related to materials writing - conducted either face to face or online
  • micro-teaching materials in progress
  • peer review evaluation of materials in progress
  • observation of materials piloted by another teacher
  • presentation to an editorial board of materials in progress
  • private study of online networks, resources and readings.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We use two main assessment methods.

A formative report tracking the stages of materials development

This includes:

  • analysis of the needs of a chosen learner group
  • planning and developing first ideas
  • researching the background
  • comparing the market
  • insights gained through piloting
  • responses to student and peer feedback
  • analysis of the materials in relation to current research and current resources.

The materials themselves

Highlighting in particular:

  • the revisions at different stages
  • the reasons for these revisions.

Research


The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development. Students on master's level programmes therefore join a large research community comprising researchers at all levels of higher education study.

We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research

Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers). We also organise a number of conferences, lectures, seminars and debates, some of which have an international reach.

The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Policy, Partnership and Leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • Humanistic Perspectives on Education
  • Early Years
  • Applied Linguistics

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After you graduate


Career prospects

Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement and students may change role / direction as a function of developing new understandings and skills from their work on the course.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.