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The teaching of campus-based MA students involves a mixture of lectures, small-group seminars, and one-to-one tutorials on assignments and dissertations.

The University's web-based Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment is used for uploading essential course information and lecture content as well as hosting online Discussion Boards which students can access at any time. The core modules are taught via lectures to larger groups; option modules are taught to smaller groups, allowing for more classroom interaction, student presentations, opportunities to develop skills in the use of technology and to get involved in out-of-class learning experiences such as local and national placements.

Assessment of taught modules is mainly through assignments such as essays and research projects, which help students to develop the ability to evaluate source material, to relate theory to practice in teaching and other fields of Applied Linguistics, and to think of new ways to address key issues and solve problems. Two core modules on each course are assessed by examination.

The programme includes either a Dissertation, in which students plan an execute an original research project under the guidance of a supervisor, or a Teaching Portfolio in which students design teaching approaches and materials and reflect on their teaching practices.

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