The MSc in Language and Intercultural Communication from The University of Edinburgh is based on the premise that, to help learners develop into multi-lingually and multi-culturally aware world citizens, language teachers must work for maximum integration between language and culture teaching.
While this is now a desired goal of foreign language courses in the European context, and also in Asia, Australia and the USA, a growing body of literature suggests that the study of language and intercultural communication is not approached in a critical and engaged manner in the classroom. This lack of critical engagement may have a detrimental effect on deep culture learning.
Building on existing strengths and developments in intercultural language education, this programme will introduce specialised theories, concepts and principles that see intercultural communication as a form of social practice embedded in potentially shifting global processes, and contributes to the creation of autonomous and reflectively thinking practitioners, who are able to deploy their teaching skills in rapidly changing contexts of intercultural language teaching provision.
The programme is designed with a strong research focus across its courses and is taught by internationally recognised experts in the field.
Who this programme is for
It is designed for both pre-service and in-service language teachers interested in developing and enhancing the skills necessary for a professional career in language and intercultural communication.
The programme is also suitable for individuals working in intercultural language education policy, as well as graduates interested in undertaking further postgraduate research at PhD level.
On completion of the degree, you can expect to be employed worldwide in all areas of intercultural language education.
Example roles include:
- teaching language and intercultural communication in primary, secondary and tertiary levels
- training other intercultural language teachers
- designing intercultural language curricula, policies and materials
- undertaking empirical research into the development of democratic competencies for intercultural citizenship
Every year we have the pleasure to accommodate representatives from large teacher recruitment agencies, who talk to our students about the benefits of becoming an intercultural language teacher, in addition to conducting interviews with candidates who are short-listed for language teaching posts.
The MSc in Language and Intercultural Communication is also a good introduction to undertaking further research at PhD level.
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- Language and Intercultural Communication Pedagogy
- Language Education for Intercultural Citizenship
- Language and the Learner
- Sources of Knowledge: Understanding and analysing research literature
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline.
- Applicants do not need to have language teaching experience to enter this programme. Applicants may also be considered on the basis of employment or relevant experience.
- If applicants are studying in a Chinese 211 institution, they must have a minimum overall average of 80% for courses and at least 80% on the dissertation. For non-211 institutions, they must have an average of 85% for courses and 80% on the dissertation.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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