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April 20, 2009

University of Birmingham MAs doing well despite the recession


Almost every year since the mid 1990's between 30 and 35 English teachers in Japan have started the University of Birmingham MA in TEFL/TESL or MA in Applied Linguistics that are available here by distance learning. There were worries that the number might decline this year because of the recession, but, if anything, there is more interest than usual.

Many reasons have been given for the success of the MAs in Japan. Some say it is the extent to which they are respected internationally. Others say it is the local support from the Japan-based tutors and from David English House. Many just refer to the quality of the courses themselves. Whatever the reasons, it is clear that teachers who have taken the MAs are strongly recommending them to other teachers.

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