The Teaching of English as a Foreign/International Language (AGG) (starting from the academic year 2018-2019)

Description

Aim

The main purpose of the M.Ed. in TEFIL is to provide specialised knowledge and skills to anyone teaching or interested in teaching English as a foreign/international language. It follows the specifications and requirements of state-of-the-art educational science and responds to the needs of the teaching market in Greece and internationally. The language of instruction of the M.Ed. is English.

Programme Scope

The M.Ed. in TEFIL is addressed at anyone interested in pursuing postgraduate studies in the domain of teaching English as a foreign language and, in addition, integrates the emerging dimension of English as an international language of communication. In particular, the M.Ed. in TEFIL integrates all aspects of English language teaching, from the teaching of the “four skills” (i.e., the production and perception of spoken and written language), the design, development and evaluation of curricula and courseware, the testing and assessment of the language skills, the integration of educational technology, the integration of intercultural approaches to teaching, the teaching English to children and adults, teacher education and training, to addressing learning difficulties. The distance learning methodology adopted in the M.Ed. in TEFIL, in conjunction with the support provided by the tutors, who act as mentors, enables teachers to attend the M.Ed. without leaving their classes and learners. This is achieved through innovative distance learning activities that prompt teachers to apply what they study in actual practice, by designing, teaching and evaluating original lessons, thereby experimenting with and deeply understanding education in all its complexity.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.Ed., students are expected to be able to:

  • analyse, perform and communicate teacher research related to English language teaching and learning;
  • comprehend and demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in the teaching of the English language and its elements; in terms of language teaching, they should consider, choose and use appropriate methods for the effective learning of all language skills (production and perception of written and spoken language) while teaching the elements of English (culture, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation) to examine, evaluate and produce appropriate materials;
  • critically analyse research in language acquisition and teaching, and apply it to classroom contexts;
  • design, develop and evaluate curricula and materials for English language teaching;
  • create, analyse and interpret effective measures of language ability of their students;
  • locate and select appropriate teaching resources to use computer technology to assist their learners’ needs;
  • comprehend and apply the principles of English for specific purposes instruction relative to the linguistic background and work environment of their students;
  • demonstrate an understanding of intercultural approaches in language teaching;
  • identify, design and implement effective English language teacher training and development programmes.

 

Classification according to UNESCO’s ISCED-2013

Based on the field of Education: 0114 – Teacher training with subject specialization

Type of Posgraduate Programme

Master of Education, M.Ed.

ECTS of M.Ed.

The total sum of ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) required for the completion of this M.Ed. is 120 ECTS. Students can select to study Modules whose ECTS adds up to no more than 30 ECTS per semester.

Duration of Study

The minimum time required for the completion of the M.Ed. is two (2) years, or four (4) semesters.

Language of the M.Ed.

The official language of the M.Ed. is English. This means that the language in which all materials content, written assignments, postgraduate dissertation and oral presentations is English.

 

Course Structure

 

Programme Layout

The M.Ed. in TEFIL includes a total of eleven (11) six-month (semester) Modules and a six-month Dissertation. For the completion of the M.Ed., students can follow one of the following two routes:

  • EITHER Route A—successful attendance of six thematic units as well as successful completion of a Postraduate Dissertation;
  • OR Route B—successful attendance of eight thematic units, without the completion of a Postraduate Dissertation.

As already stated, the M.Ed. requires the completion of 120 credits (ECTS). Each ECTS is equal to 25 hours of study. The completion of each Module requires 15 ECTS. These correspond to 375 hours of study, which are allocated to the study of the teaching materials, the processing of the educational activities, the participation in the Contact Sessions and production of two written assignments (each of different size and weight). The ECTS of the Postraduate Dissertation (in Route B) are 30, which correspond to 750 hours of work.

More specifically, the two possible routes of the M.Ed. in TEFIL are as follows:

Route Α’ (includes the production of a postgraduate written dissertation)

1st Semester: 30 ECTS
AGG11 Introduction to the m.ed. Teaching oracy skills (C¹, 15 ECTS)
AGG12 Teaching literacy skills (C, 15 ECTS)

 

2nd Semester: 30 ECTS
AGG21 Course development (C, 15 ECTS)
3rd Semester: 30 ECTS
AGG41 Research methodology (C, 15 ECTS)
2nd Semester - 3rd Semester: Elective Modules
AGG22 Language assessment (Ε², 15 ECTS)
AGG31 New technologies in teaching (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG32 Early foreign language education (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG33 Teaching english for specific purposes (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG34 Teacher education for elt (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG35 Intercultural approaches to elt (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG36 Learning difficulties (Ε, 15 ECTS)

4th Semester: 30 ECTS

AGGDN Postgraduate dissertation (C, 30ECTS)

Notes:

C¹: Compulsory

Ε² : Elective

 

Route Β’ (without the production of a postgraduate written dissertation)

1st Semester: 30 ECTS
AGG11 Introduction to the m.ed. Teaching oracy skills (C¹, 15 ECTS)
AGG12 Teaching literacy skills (C, 15 ECTS)
2nd Semester: 30 ECTS
AGG21 Course development (C, 15 ECTS)
2nd Semester - 3rd Semester - 4th Semester: Elective Modules
AGG22 Language assessment (Ε², 15 ECTS)
AGG31 New technologies in teaching (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG32 Early foreign language education (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG33 Teaching english for specific purposes (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG34 Teacher education for elt (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG35 Intercultural approaches to elt (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG36 Learning difficulties (Ε, 15 ECTS)
AGG41 Research methodology (Ε, 15 ECTS)

Notes:

C¹ : Compulsory

Ε² : Elective

 

Guidelines on Module selection (Route Α΄)

You can select either ONE (1) or TWO (2) Modules per semester.

In the first semester, if you wish to select only one Module, in order to familiarize yourself with the Distance Learning methodology and the workload that it entails, you should select the compulsory Module titled ENG11. If you wish to choose two Modules, you should select the compulsory Modules ENG11 and ENG12.

In the second semester, if you wish to select only one Module, you should select the compulsory Module titled ENG21. If you wish to choose two Modules, you should select the compulsory Module ENG21 and then any other Elective Module.

In the third semester you will have to select the compulsory Module titled ENG41, which aims to provide you with the required knowledge and the research tools you will need in order to develop the postgraduate written dissertation. If you wish to choose two Modules, then you should select the compulsory Module ENG41 and any other Elective Module.
Finally, in the fourth semester, you will have to produce the postgraduate dissertation.

Guidelines on Module selection (Route B΄)

You can select either ONE (1) or TWO (2) Modules per semester.

In the first semester, if you wish to select only one Module, in order to familiarize yourself with the Distance Learning methodology and the workload that it entails, you should select the compulsory Module titled ENG11. If you wish to choose two Modules, you should select the compulsory Modules ENG11 and ENG12.

In the second semester, if you wish to select only one Module, you should select the compulsory Module titled ENG21. If you wish to choose two Modules, you should select the compulsory Module ENG21 and then any other Elective Module.

In the following two semesters you can select any one of the Elective Modules. In any case, you should not select more than two Modules per semester.

 

Admission Requirements

The Programme accepts graduates of Greek Universities or equivalent International Universities with certified knowledge (a) of English, at level C2 pursuant to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and (b) of any European, Asian or African language, at level B2.

Important Note:

Where previously mentioned:

a. Graduates of Universities or Technological Educational Institutes’ departments are all the degree holders of Greek Universities and Technological Educational Institutes’ departments as well as anyone with equivalent foreign degree recognised by the Hellenic NARIC (Hellenic National Academic Recognition and Information Center – DOATAP/former DIKATSA) or the Technical Training Institute (ITE), respectively, or holders of the first cycle of study of the above-mentioned departments of accredited foreign institutions*.

b. Graduates of Universities or Technological Educational Institutes are all the degree holders of Greek Universities or Technological Educational Institutes, as well as anyone with equivalent foreign degree recognised by the Hellenic NARIC (Hellenic National Academic Recognition and Information Center – DOATAP/former DIKATSA) or the Technical Training Institute (ITE), respectively, or holders of the first cycle of study of accredited foreign institutions*. 
The term “Universities” refers to University Schools, Technical Universities and the School of Fine Arts.

*N.B.: Pursuant to par. 7, art. 34 of Law No. 4485/2017 “No Postgraduate Diploma shall be awarded to a student whose first cycle degree from a foreign institution has not been recognised by the Hellenic National Academic Recognition and Information Center (Hellenic NARIC), under Law No. 3328/2005 (Α80)”.

 

Certification of English proficiency at level C2

Proficiency in English (Mastery or proficiency C2, Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced C1, Vantage or upper intermediate B2) is proven according to article 1, Presidential Decree 146/2007, "Amendment provisions of Presidential Decree 50/2001. Assessment fordetermining qualifications for appointment in the public sector as they exist (Greek Government Gazette 185/3.8.2007/A) in combination with the last subparagraph of paragraph 1, article 1 of Presidential Decree 116/2006 “Amendment to article 28 Presidential Decree 50/2001” (Greek Government Gazette 115/9.6.2006/A), as follows:

a)National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG) equivalent level of Law 2740/1999, as replaced by paragraph 19, Article 13, of Law 3149/2003.

or

(b) certificates of an equivalent level of CAMBRIDGE or MICHIGAN Universities

or

(c) certificates of other institutions (not only universities) of an equivalent level, irrespective of their legal form, provided they are certified or recognized by the relevant authority of the country concerned for conducting examinations and issuing certificates of proficiency in English at the appropriate level. If there is no certification or recognition body in the country concerned, a certificate from the relevant Ministry or Embassy of Greece is required confirming that the certificates issued by the above bodies to third parties for which English isn’t their mother tongue are accepted in public services of that country as valid evidence of English at the appropriate level. The term “country concerned” implies the country in which the native or official language is English.

On the basis of the above, as well as the documents submitted to the Supreme Council for Civil Personnel Selection (ASEP) by the relevant bodies, apart from the National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG) the following certificates are also accepted:

a) Mastery of Proficiency (C2):

• CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH (CPE), Cambridge University.

• BULATS English Language Test, score of 90-100, Cambridge University.

• International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Cambridge University Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) - The British Council - IDP Education Australia IELTS Australia with an 8.5 score and above.

• ECPE-EXAMINATION FOR THE CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH, MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY (Cambridge Michigan Language Assessments - (CaMLA)

• LONDON TESTS OF ENGLISH LEVEL 5 -PROFICIENT COMMUNICATION-.

EDEXCEL, or PEARSON TEST OF ENGLISH GENERAL LEVEL 5 -PROFICIENT COMMUNICATION, EDEXCEL or EDEXCEL LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN ESOL INTERNATIONAL (CEF C2).

• ISE IV INTEGRATED SKILLS IN ENGLISH LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN ESOL INTERNATIONAL του TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON.

• CITY & GUILDS LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN ESOL INTERNATIONAL (reading, writing and listening) -MASTERY- and CITY & GUILDS LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN ESOL INTERNATIONAL (Spoken) -MASTERY- (They are cumulatively submitted for evidence of proficiency) or CITY & GUILDS CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL ESOL-MASTERY- and CITY & GUILDS CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL SPOKEN ESOL -MASTERY- (They are cumulatively submitted for evidence of proficiency).

• EDI Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International JETSET Level 7 (CEF C2) or PEARSON EDI Level 3 Certifi cate in ESOL International (CEF C2) or PEARSON LCCI LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE IN ESOL INTERNATIONAL (CEFR C2).

• PEARSON LCCI EFB LEVEL 4 (Modules: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, awarded with “Distinction” or “Credit”).

• OCNW Certificate in ESOL International at Level 3 (Common European Framework equivalent level C2) (until 31.8.2009).

• Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2).

• ESB Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International All Modes (Council of Europe Level C2).

• Michigan State University - Certificate of English Language Proficiency (MSU - CELP): CEF C2.

• Test of Interactive English, C2 Level (ACELS) or Test of Interactive English, C2 Level (Gatehouse Awards).

• NOCN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (C2).

• AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (C2) (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking Skills).

• LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2).

• GA Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEFR: C2) or GA Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Classic C2).

• C2 LanguageCert Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Listening, Reading, Writing) (MasteryC2) and C2 LanguageCert Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Speaking) (Mastery C2). (They are submitted cumulatively for evidence of proficiency).

All foreign language certificates should be accompanied by an official translation into Greek.

Furthermore:

a) Excellent knowledge of the foreign language is also proven in the following ways:

(i) A Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Languages ​​and Literature or a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting from Greek university departments or from equivalent university departments outside Greece.

(ii) A Bachelor’s degree, an undergraduate or postgraduate diploma or a PhD of any recognized foreign higher education institution,

(iii) National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG) (C2 Level)

(iv) GCSE’s equivalent to a graduation certificate of Greek secondary schools, if it has been acquired after a normal period of study at least six years abroad.

Foreign professional qualifications referred to in (iv) above must be accompanied by a certificate of their education level, which is issued by the Organisation for Vocational Education and Training (OEEK) or the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications (EOPP) or the National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications & Vocational Guidance (EOPPEP) or by the relevant Directorate of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. It is clarified that this certificate is issued by OEEK, EOOPP or EOPPEP only after the issuing of the corresponding individual administrative act of equivalence.

Foreign Language Teaching Certificationdoes not prove the competence in a foreign language (Presidential Decree 347/2003). In order to prove their competence in the foreign language, candidates who hold the relevant certification must provide the foreign language certificates as provided for in this Annex where applicable.

 

The Academic Committee Members

Nicos Sifakis, Assoc. Professor, HOU

Thomai Alexiou, Assist. Professor, AUTH

Faye Antoniou, Assist. Professor, UOA

 

Contact Information

Student Records:

Tel.: ++30-2610 367325. Fax: ++30-2610 367110. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

General Information:

Tel.: ++30-2610 367300. Fax: ++30-2610 367110. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.