MA E-LINGO Teaching Languages to Young Learners

(Pre-School and Primary School)

About the course

What is the course about?

E-LINGO is an attractive post-graduate study programme for people with heterogeneous backgrounds interested in English at pre-school and primary level.

Whatever your BA degree specializes in you may now embark on new careers related to the teaching of English to young learners. See our next caption on your career prospects for more details.

Face-to- face meeting #1

2 days, Friday and Saturday


Unit 1 Working with tasks
Unit 2 Understanding how children learn languages
Unit 3 Working with words, grammar and sounds
Unit 4 Integrating the skills

Face-to- face meeting #2

2 days, Friday and Saturday


Unit 5 Working with stories and short literary texts
Unit 6 Evaluating teaching resources
Unit 7 Integrating subject matter
Unit 8 Managing the language classroom

Face-to- face meeting #3

2 days, Friday and Saturday


Unit 9 Promoting cultural learning
Unit 10 Supporting individual learners
Unit 11 Using media
Unit 12 Acknowledging and assessing achievement

Face-to- face meeting #4

2 days, Friday and Saturday


Writing your Master’s Thesis

Face-to- face meeting #5

2 days, Friday and Saturday

Final exam

Who is this programme for?

E-LINGO is a blended-learning programme combining online coursework with 5 x 2 days of face-to-face teaching sessions at the University of Education (Freiburg, Southern Germany).

A two-week placement in a language classroom also forms part of the programme.

What are the career prospects?

All over the world children start learning foreign languages at an increasingly early age. E-LINGO qualifies you to teach English to young learners. It is an excellent form of professional development if you are already working in early years education or in a field related to the English language (eg translator, publishing).

What makes E-LINGO stand out is that it not only qualifies you to teach English to young learners but also opens up an academic path in the field as the programme allows you to develop research skills as well as gaining practical experience. This combination gives access to a wide range of job opportunities, for example

  • in nursery schools and play groups
  • in kindergartens and pre-schools
  • in language courses for children offered by private institutions (language schools, community centers etc.)
  • in primary and bilingual schools
  • at universities (post-graduate research, teacher education, doctoral degree [PHD])
  • with publishers (materials design)
  • in school administration (curriculum development, in-service teacher education).

Recommended readings

Units for the relevant fields of teaching English to young learners (primary and pre-school) have been written by specialists in the field. You may find the following books helpful to support your knowledge in the areas of methodology and research.

At a glance

► Degree: M.A. in Teaching English to Young Learners (pre-school and primary school)

► Duration: 2 years

► Start: October (every two years; next start in October 2022)

► NEW Starting 2022: face-to-face meetings in hybrid format (can be attended virtually, if necessary)