The programme aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and professional competences required to teach Chinese effectively to speakers of other languages in a variety of contexts globally and in Ireland.* Students develop an understanding of key issues in teaching Chinese as a linguistic system to a variety of learners. They become familiar with recent research and publications on theory and practice in teaching Chinese and they learn how to critically review this material. They gain practical professional experience by engaging in class observation and practice teaching and they learn how to evaluate their own professional competence and that of others. Their teaching internship placements are arranged for them by the School of Asian Studies. They also write a dissertation on a topic drawn from the field of Chinese language teaching. On leaving the programme they are prepared to teach Chinese in a wide range of contexts and they have the necessary professional and reflective competences to further develop their capacities and careers in Chinese language teaching or associated fields in Ireland or globally.
If studying full-time (Sept-August), you'll take three modules in the Autumn semester and three in the Spring semester, with a dissertation completed over the summer months, as follows:
CH6301 Theory and Practice in Learning Chinese (10 credits)
LC2101 Advanced English (Academic and General) (10 credits)
CH6302 Advanced Chinese for TCSOL Teachers (10 credits)
CH6303 Introduction to Teaching Practice (5 credits)
CH6307From Pedagogical Theory to Effective Classroom(5credits)
CH6304 Teaching Practice Internship (15 credits)
CH6306 Teaching Chinese in different contexts (10 credits)
CH6308 Postgraduate Research Skills (5 credits)
CH6305 Dissertation in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (30 credits)
Over 2 years (available only to Irish/EU students).
You'll study exactly the same modules but you'll take 35 credits of taught modules in Year 1. In Year 2, you will do a further 10 credits of taught modules, 15 credits of Teaching Practice and 30 credits of Dissertation.
What happens in the programme? The MA TCSOL combines theory with hands-on practice. In class, you'll find yourself discussing theories and concepts used in language teaching and how they are relevant to Chinese, and reviewing the pros and cons of different ways of teaching languages. You'll learn to analyse and explain Chinese as a linguistic system and to understand the varying challenges faced by learners of Chinese. You'll observe successful teachers in action and discuss what you've learned, and in turn you'll develop teaching materials and teach students, with others observing your classes and providing constructive feedback. Through written assignments and presentations to fellow-students you'll learn the right professional terminology and gain experience in applying your theoretical understanding to effective lesson planning and delivery. Your teaching practice may also provide you with material for exploring a topic of special interest in your dissertation, in which all the knowledge and skills acquired during the course should come together. Throughout, as a UCC student you'll enjoy access to a beautiful and historical campus and a great range of student services and facilities.
Course Code: CKD47 Full-time; CKD48 Part-time;
Course Title: Chinese - Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (MATCSOL)
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time
Teaching Mode: Full-time, Part-Time
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU Fee: EUR 6,000 full-time; EUR 3,000 per year part-time
Closing Date: See details in application procedure section below
Next Intake: 11 September 2017
This is a 12-month programme (24 months part-time). UCC semesters run from September to early December and January to March/early April, with 12 teaching weeks per semester. Taught modules are typically 3hrs a week in the classroom (e.g. 2 lectures and a seminar), while language modules will involve up to 6hrs per week. The teaching internship module involves periods of time in different teaching settings preparing and delivering classes and reflecting on your teaching style and effectiveness. You do not have to find your own placement; the School of Asian Studies will arrange a sufficient number in a range of educational settings each academic year. MA level work involves a lot of reading and thinking so you'll find that the year passes very quickly. You should be thinking about the topic of your Dissertation from early on in the year but you'll devote most time to it during the summer months.
Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and formal exams. You'll be assessed in most cases by essays or other written assignments and by in-class presentations and other elements including classroom observation and teaching practice reports relating to the practice elements.
Application for this programme is on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc. Places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
All required documentation must be either uploaded to your online application, or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway, immediately after an application is made.
Please note you will be required to answer specific additional/supplementary questions as part of the online applications process for this programme. A copy of these additional/supplementary questions are available to view here:CKD47AdditionalQuestions (182kB)
All candidates on this programme will be subject to national regulations for Garda Vetting given that their teaching placement or subsequent career may bring them into contact with minors.
Further Contact Information
Ms. Ching Keane
School of Asian Studies
University College Cork.
Tel: 00 353 21 4902116