Welcome to NILE’s MA in Professional Development for Language Education
NILE’S MA in Professional Development for Language Education (MAPDLE), validated by the University of Chichester, is a flexibly delivered, modular postgraduate programme for professionals involved in ELT or in other sectors of language education, who wish to develop their specialist skills.
It is a comprehensive Master’s programme, providing in-depth and state-of-the-art coverage of the key areas of language education, whilst also providing an extensive choice of specialist elective modules to help you develop within your own particular areas of interest.
The MAPDLE has been offered now for over 20 years and was designed specifically for working professionals, to be affordable, accessible and flexible. It offers high levels of personal choice and control over the routes followed and the timing of modules. It is also eligible for EU funding support. So far over 700 teachers and trainers from 40 countries have followed the NILE MA.
The MAPDLE has always been available in a blended learning mode, but you can now choose to study an extended range of modules entirely online. You can also decide to opt for one or more short, intensive periods of face-to-face delivery, either in Norwich or in one of our accredited centres in South America, or, from 2018, in Switzerland. Each module is followed by a six-month period in which to complete post-course assignments with the distance support of the course tutor. You can complete the MA programme to fit in with other professional and personal demands on your time over a period of up to six years.
The NILE MA has been designed and developed by a team with years of experience and internationally recognised expertise in TESOL and international language education to ensure that it provides the knowledge and skills needed both by individuals and by institutions involved in the learning and teaching of languages. It is subject to regular review and updating.
If you already have an initial degree and the Cambridge Delta or Trinity Diploma in TESOL, you will be exempt from the core module, Language Teaching Methodology. We may also recognise other prior learning, certificated and/or experiential, that you mention on your application form.
Method of Delivery (face-to-face in Norwich unless otherwise stated)
|Core Module - 60 credits|
|Language Teaching Methodology (MALTM)||July 2019||Face-to-face|
|January 2019, September 2019||Online|
Elective Modules 2018 - 30 credits each
|Content and Language Integrated Learning (MACLIL)||August 2019||Face-to-face|
|Developing Learner Autonomy (MADLA)||Continuous enrolment||Online|
|Management in Language Education (MAMILE)||July 2019||Face-to-face|
|January 2019, September 2019||Online|
|Materials Development for Language Education (MAMAT)||August 2019||Face-to-face|
|April 2019, September 2018||Online|
|Teaching Young Learners (MATYL)||July 2019||Face-to-face|
|Technology Assisted Language Learning (MATALL)||July 2019||Face-to-face|
|Teaching English for Academic Purposes (MATEAP)||August 2019||Face-to-face|
|Testing, Evaluation and Assessment (MATEA)||August 2019||Face-to-face|
|January 2019, September 2019||Online|
|Trainer Development (MATD)||July 2019||Face-to-face|
|January 2019, April 2019, September 2019||Online|
Final Module - 60 credits
|Dissertation (MADISS)||Continuous enrolment||Distance supervision|
15,000 words, applying the knowledge and skills acquired on the course. The dissertation is an obligatory module for completion of the MA and is supervised at distance.
|MAPDLE Dates & Fees 2019|
|Online courses by date|
To apply for the MA in Professional Development for Language Education, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the winter deadline for new applicants is Thursday 3rd January 2019.
|Core Module (Language Teaching Methodology)||2,160.00|
|Elective Modules (x2)||1,080.00 each|
|Total cost (in 2018 prices)||6,480.00|
|Please note: All modules starting after 1 September 2019 will be subject to a fee increase|
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The course costs are indicated in the Dates & Fees section on the course details page for each individual module.
In addition to a minimum of two years’ teaching experience, applicants need to have one of the following to be eligible for MAPDLE:
i. An undergraduate honours degree
ii. A Postgraduate Diploma
iii. Other awards offering comparable levels of knowledge and understanding
If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the Registrar for advice.
Access to current language learners for classroom investigation is necessary for candidates who take the core MALTM module, and for some electives (MADLA, MATYL, MATALL , MACLIL). Access to current language learners is useful but not required for the Dissertation and for the other electives (MAMAT, MATEA, MAMILE, MATEAP, MATD).
Yes, you do need to enrol for the whole programme, but you enrol and pay for each module within it separately, according to your individual needs. There are then two possible exit points where you can withdraw from the programme with a ‘contained award’: a Postgraduate Certificate (after gaining 60 credits) or a Postgraduate Diploma (after gaining 120 credits). The Core module counts for 60 credits and the elective modules count for a further 30 credits each.
Normally, yes, though in special circumstances it may be possible to start with one of the elective modules.
All face-to-face elective module courses are 50 hours long, over a period of 2 weeks . You may receive up to 3 hours per week homework as well. You have 6 months from the end of the course to write 3 assignments. This should take you approximately 250 hours.
If you take the MA LTM module (Core Module) face-to-face this is 75 hours long, over a period of 3 weeks. As with the elective modules, you may receive up to 3 hours per week homework as well. You have 6 months from the end of the course to write 3 assignments. This should take you approximately 360 hours.
Most online elective module courses last 8 weeks, and have an additional mid-course break of one week. You will need to study approximately 7-8 hours per week. You have 6 months from the end of the course to write 3 assignments. This should take you approximately 250 hours.
If you take the MA LTM module (Core Module) online, this last 14 weeks, and has an additional mid-course break of one week. You will need to study approximately 7-8 hours per week. You have 6 months from the end of the course to write 3 assignments. This should take you approximately 360 hours.
You can submit each meaningful section of an assignment for feedback, plus one final draft of the whole assignment. In addition, supervisors will also be available to respond to incidental queries between submissions.
After you have successfully completed the Core Module and two elective modules, you may register to do the Dissertation Module (which counts for the final 60 credits). Once you have registered, you have 3 months in which to submit your Proposal. You should advise the Programme Leader of the proposed area or title for the Dissertation, and you will then be allocated a tutor who will help you prepare the Proposal. After you have approval to proceed, you then have 60 weeks in which to write and submit the Dissertation.
The Proposal should include a working title and an outline plan plus methodology, and should suggest sources and a basic bibliography. Your Proposal is then considered by Chichester, who will authorise it or suggest amendments. Once you have received formal approval to proceed with the Dissertation, you will be allocated a Supervisor (who may be the same person who helped you prepare the Proposal) and you will begin communicating with them and receive their support throughout the process of researching and writing the Dissertation.
All face-to-face modules are available in Norwich, UK. In addition, we run face-to-face modules in accredited host venues in Latin America and Switzerland. See our MA Overseas page for more.