Examples of PhD projects which our students have undertaken include students’ attitudes to native and non-native English language teachers, the role of metacognitive awareness in EFL reading, English teachers’ beliefs about and practices of teaching methodology, and genre analysis of Japanese and British introductions to PhD theses in the field of literature. This PhD is available as a PhD by Supervised Research (three years) and as an Integrated New Route PhD (four years).
Many of our former PhD students work in higher education institutions around the world, as teachers and/or as academic researchers, but also in teacher education, in the area of educational advice and management, programme evaluation, and syllabus design.
They also offer an MPhil in this subject.
Please note, part-time research study is also available.
Why study PhD English Language Teaching at Essex?
The Department of Language and Linguistics offers an outstanding teaching and research environment. We are top 10 in the UK for research with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
The students are taught, supported and supervised by staff with an international reputation for being at the forefront of research in a wide range of areas. This means we provide an active and stimulating environment for your studies. We have a strong research group culture and run a weekly Departmental Seminar, which regularly features eminent outside speakers.
Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.
You can apply until:
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They offer supervision for our PhD English Language Teaching in a wide range of areas, including: vocabulary teaching, teaching reading and literacy development, writing pedagogy and academic writing, corpus-based pedagogy, teaching English to young learners, task-based language learning, language testing, classroom interaction, materials design and evaluation, teacher beliefs and teacher identity, and English for Academic Purposes.
You need the following IELTS score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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For research study within our Department of Language and Linguistics, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential.
However, if you do not have a Masters degree, we also offer a four-year integrated PhD, where your first year is spent doing a Masters before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research.
If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.
For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.
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