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Department of Languages

English Language Study, Teaching & Part-time courses

We offer a range of English language study, English language teaching and part-time language courses. 

English Language Teaching at Leeds Beckett is an approved Cambridge Delta Centre.  Our 10-week Pres-sessional and Cert HE International Foundation Studies courses are accredited by the British council. We also offer an International Masters course which combines academic English and a masters course. Our part-time language programme has been running for over 30 years and has 14 different languages to choose from with a range of different study options. 

At Leeds Beckett’s Department of Languages, we are a group of motivated, highly qualified academic teachers and researchers in English and Modern Foreign languages. We offer a range of English language study, English language teaching and part-time language courses.

Our English Language teaching interests range from practical English Language Teaching and the theory that drives it. In Modern Foreign Languages, we pursue research and scholarship in language acquisition.

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We run courses on English Language and Culture, which includes education, health, and the media, as well as understanding the British Higher Education context. Our short, bespoke courses range from one week to 16 weeks. 

Our tailored Teacher Trainer courses offer the opportunity to broaden existing teachers’ methodology and teaching techniques. We can arrange for both primary and secondary school visits to give students a chance to observe and reflect on their own practice. 

Our CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) courses provide a theoretical background and practical implementation of CLIL in Schools and Universities. This course is ideal for groups of teachers of any subject area, who plan or already deliver their subject in English.
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 At the Department of Languages, we promote and facilitate research in a supportive and collaborative academic environment, and our colleagues work in a wide range of national and international networks.

We are committed to scholarly debate, global engagement, knowledge transfer and research impact, and have organised a series of international conferences 

We welcome postgraduate applications from candidates who wish to pursue a research interest within the broad fields of applied linguistics, including: English language teaching; language

acquisition; material development; corpus linguistics; speech and language therapy; human communication; discourse analysis; translation and interpreting. 

Our individual research interests include: Corpus linguistics, Materials development, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and Using multimedia for teacher training. 

Please see our staff profiles for more information. 

For further information about our specific research areas, please visit the individual research profile. 

To apply for a research degree, please click here.
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We offer outstanding British Council accredited preparation provision for undergraduate and postgraduate study, and our courses ensure that you can progress onto a wide range of programmes across the University. You will focus on developing essential skills such as: academic reading; writing; listening skills; presentation and seminar skills; research skills; and cultural awareness. 

We also deliver high quality Postgraduate courses to English Language teachers, both online and face to face. Our MA English Language Teaching course fully integrates the Cambridge Delta modules, and our alumni have been shortlisted and have won British Council ELTons awards. 

Our Part-Time Language Programme is a creative provision that offers many languages from beginners to degree level. Whether you are learning for fun or following the accredited route, you will have the option of learning a language from scratch or building on your existing knowledge in a hands-on environment. 

We currently offer courses in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

For our English language provision covering our preparatory and short courses, a British Council inspection in 2015 noted strengths “in the areas of staff management, student administration, quality assurance, premises and facilities, learning resources, academic staff profile, course design, teaching, care of students and leisure opportunities”.

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