This practice-based programme is aimed specifically at postgraduate students with or without language teaching experience who intend to develop their careers in language teaching of not only English but also other languages. It is suitable for both native speakers and non-native speakers of English. Students may be eligible for a bursary.
The course offers a mix of theoretical applied linguistic topics and more-practical application of ideas. Core modules introduce the conceptual foundations of the subject, while option modules cover topics that allow you to develop your own path of enquiry.
You will gain insights into the theory and practice of language learning and teaching, and will develop your teaching skills through micro-teaching in a peer-led environment and through the optional opportunity to gain a professional teaching qualification (CELTA*) as part of the programme. Students may choose this option at their own additional expense and at an institution of their choice, but the CELTA/CLTA* must be studied after the end of the second semester modules.
* The CELTA qualification is not available at Kingston University. You will be advised of a local college where the CELTA can be studied.
Coursework and dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Starting in October 2018, our brand new MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the links between research, theory and professional practice in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Applied Linguistics at Warwick has a proven track record with over 30 years of training students from around the world in English Language Teaching (ELT). This latest offering is part of our commitment to continuing innovation and offers course features that will appeal to those who want to advance their career in English Language Teaching.
The programme has been designed for English language teachers with varying levels of professional experience, including those with less than 2 years of experience and those with substantial experience of many years. Potential students include teachers, teacher trainers, material or curriculum developers and other professionals who work in the area of second/ foreign language education either in the state sector or in private language institutes at primary, secondary or tertiary levels.
Unique Professional Opportunities
Want to find out more? Our website (warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/al/study/ma-tesol/) has full details of our course offering, including further information on modules and assessment, as well as funding opportunities.
Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, teaching theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. You will have the opportunity to observe actual language classes, plan and teach real lessons and carry out research on language learning and teaching.
Through our Master’s course you will learn sophisticated approaches to second-language pedagogy, second-language learning theories, linguistic analysis and research methods. This will give you a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching placement and provide skills to continue your professional development. Our optional modules and dissertation module will allow you to connect this knowledge to specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials and teaching English in a variety of contexts. You will also have the option of four weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House, the leading provider of the initial teacher training certificate. If you are successful in the placement you will gain an additional qualification through International House, either the Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
This course provides you with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It will enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and will prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will give you the basic research skills you need to investigate language learning, and to help you to develop your individual pedagogic style by reflecting on practice.
The programme provides students with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It enables students to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and prepares students to develop the capacity to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will provide students with basic research skills to investigate language learning, and help students to develop their individual pedagogic approaches by reflecting on practice.
We will teach you through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and group work, and you will typically have 40 hours of this for every 30-credit required module. We also expect you to undertake 260 hours of independent study per 30-credit required module. Contact hours for optional modules may vary slightly. During your dissertation we will provide you with seven hours of one-to-one contact with a supervisor and 20 hours of lectures on research skills to complement your 573 hours of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
We will assess your performance on our required modules through essays, language analysis tasks, oral presentations and lesson planning tasks. We assess most of our optional modules through one 3,500-word essay per module, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules you choose. You will also write a 15,000-word dissertation.
The skills and knowledge that you develop over the course of our MA will prepare you for a career in English language teaching, a research-oriented career, or a mixture of the two.
Prepare for, or further, your career in English language teaching. Learn the key concepts and theories in second language acquisition, and use them to create and test your own teaching materials.
Course duration: 13 months full-time or 24 months part-time (September starts); 15 months full-time (January starts).
Semester 1: Thursday 18:00 - 20:00 (part-time)
Semester 2: Thursday 18:00 - 20:00 (part-time)
Our course will help you to become a leader in language teaching, curriculum design and materials writing. You’ll gain a solid foundation in many aspects of applied linguistics, and teaching skills that will meet the needs of language learners from different ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds.
Through lectures and seminars, you will be introduced to the key concepts and theories of language teaching, materials development and second language acquisition. You will use this knowledge to create original materials for different purposes, teaching contexts and modes of delivery, like literary, audio and visual media.
Thanks to our links with local organisations, you will meet experts from educational institutions and publishing houses who will be happy to talk to you about teaching methods and materials.
Throughout the course, you will also reflect critically on all aspects of your developing professional practice and discuss them with other students and our experienced team of lecturers.
This course will prepare you to start, or further, your career in many professions in the UK or internationally, including teaching English as a foreign/second language, materials writing, language consultancy, language curriculum design, language testing, teacher training and EFL/ESL publishing.
You’ll have the knowledge and skills to supply global publishers with high-quality materials for local English as a Foreign Language (EFL) markets, such as China, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Nigeria and Mexico. You’ll also be able to produce e-learning materials for the worldwide education and training industry.
Materials and Course Design
Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
Classroom Theory and Practice
The Process of Materials Writing
You’ll show your progress through a combination of essays, presentations, observation reports, projects and portfolios. For the Major Project at the end of the course, you’ll produce a critical review of relevant literature, a collection of original teaching materials and a reflection on your professional practice/development.
You’ll be able to attend the regular guest lectures held by our Research Unit for Intercultural and Transcultural Studies (RUITS), which explore issues around language and multiculturalism. We also host research seminars and conferences, like the Identity in Language conference in 2014 and the 2016 BAAL conference, which you can attend or contribute to.
Gain the skills to teach English as an additional language with our internationally recognised Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
There is a high demand for English teachers, as it's one of the world's most widely spoken languages. Exploring teaching English in a global context, you’ll develop specialised skills to suit varied teaching environments, both in Australia and overseas
These courses will prepare you to: