Pathway to MA in Chinese Language Teaching (subject to approval)
Start of programme: September intake only
Diploma: One calendar year (full-time) or two years (part-time Saturday daytime) Certificate: One year (part-time Saturday daytime)
Mode of Attendance: Mixed Full Time and Part Time
SOAS Language Centre is pleased to offer this new professional development Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in teaching Chinese, which will contribute to the professionalisation of Chinese teaching in the UK and elsewhere.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Chinese
The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Chinese (only offered in part-time) programme has been specifically designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for trained and qualified teachers of Chinese in the UK and elsewhere. It equips students with the knowledge and skills which will enable them to teach Chinese to a broad profile of Chinese learners in UK, European and worldwide educational contexts.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese (offered part-time and full-time) provides and equips students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to teach Chinese professionally and also enable students to fulfil supervisory and pedagogical roles such as course coordinator, teacher developer, course designer and materials developer. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills to deal with the teaching of Chinese in different contexts and through the integration of different varieties of Chinese language.
As a practical component, students will also become familiar with the content and design of instructional material and teaching/testing techniques, and will evaluate second language learners’ performance through the analysis of empirical data and adequate descriptive terminology. They will also be able to design appropriate lesson plans, and will have carried out a certain amount of practice in teaching Chinese.
Graduates will be qualified and well prepared for such professions as: teaching Chinese in higher education in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world; teaching Chinese at private institutions or companies; administrative or consultative roles at educational organizations; and editing roles in publishing houses specialised in language courseware.
Students who complete the Diploma in the first year can continue on to an MA in Chinese Language Teaching in the following year subject to MA programme approval.
The Diploma will comprise two thirds of the MA in Chinese Language Teaching which will start in 2011.
Entry to the MA in Chinese Language Teaching will be decided by the MA Programme Convenor.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese consists of 4 core courses, which can be taken on a full time (1 year of study, 6 hours per week) or part time basis (2 years of study, 3 hours per week), equivalent to 3 course units carrying 135 CATS credits at postgraduate level.
The Postgraduate Certificate in teaching Chinese can only be taken on a part-time basis (1 year 3 hours every Saturday) Equivalent to 1.5 course units carrying 67.5 CATS credits at postgraduate level. After successful completion of the certificate students will be able to continue to another year of part-time study in order to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese.
All students on the programme must take the following courses:
- Language awareness, methods and practice in teaching Chinese (1 unit)
- Language learning (0.5 unit)
- Chinese applied linguistics: theory and practice (0.5 unit)
- Language teaching and professional development (1 unit)
Programme Specification for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Chinese
Programme Specification for the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Chinese
Dates for 2010 – 2011
PG Diploma in Teaching Chinese (full-time) Daytime:
Term 1: week commencing 27th September to week commencing 13th December
Term 2: week commencing 17th January to week commencing 4th April
Term 3: week commencing 3rd May to week commencing 18th July
PG Certificate in Teaching Chinese (part-time) Saturdays:
Term 1: Saturday 25th September to Saturday 11th December
Term 2: Saturday 8th January to Saturday 26th March
Term 3: Saturday 9th April to Saturday 16th July
No classes on the 23rd, 30th of April and 28th of May
PG Diploma in Teaching Chinese: £5950
Part-time PG Certificate in Teaching Chinese: £2975
Candidates must have a degree or equivalent (preferably in Chinese language or a related area). Candidates must pass a SOAS Language Centre test of Chinese language competency. Candidates must have a command of English equivalent to IELTS 7. This SOAS Admissions page gives more information about English language requirements.
Admission is by means of an interview after the receipt of application.
The closing date for applications is to be announced.
Candidates will be accepted on the programme subject to a satisfactory face-to-face interview with the programme convenor.
Arrangements can be made for telephone interviews.
How to Apply
To apply for this course you can:
- Print out the application form from this link
- Fill it in and fax or post it back to SOAS Language Centre. We are sorry that we cannot accept payment in cash, nor telephoned credit/debit card payment.
- E-mail, telephone, fax or write in for an application form.
Ensure that you send us copies of certificates for the relevant qualifications noted in your application form as your application may not be considered without these documents.
This SOAS Admissions page gives useful information about postgraduate applications.