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Choose Kingston's Applied Linguistics for TESOL MA. 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. Read more

Choose Kingston's Applied Linguistics for TESOL MA

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.

Key features

  • You will have the opportunity to observe teachers in practice to gain a deeper understanding of classroom management and language teaching pedagogy, as well as the chance to design and use teaching materials.
  • In addition to gaining research skills from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives, you will also gain employability skills, such as criticality and advanced oral and written communication, which are relevant not only to language teaching, but also to teaching-related professions.

What will you study?

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.

Assessment

Coursework and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • Educational Technologies for English Language Teaching and Learning
  • Language Description, Materials and Methods
  • Principles of Language Learning for Language Teaching
  • Teaching Language for Specific Purposes
  • Dissertation Pathway 1 plus Research Skills
  • Dissertation Pathway 2: CELTA plus Critical Reflection Skills

Optional modules

  • Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching


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Developing your expertise in English Language Teaching. Read more

Developing your expertise in English Language Teaching

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. 

Key Features

Structure

  • Growing range of specialisms based on cutting edge staff expertise
  • Flexible option choices to match individual interests and needs: a choice of both 20 CATS and 10 CATS modules
  • Additonal optional modules available from our MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (ICBP) programme within Applied Linguistics
  • A single programme for pre- and post-experience teachers, while catering to their levels of professional experience

Unique Professional Opportunities

  • Real teaching experience (for experienced teachers) thanks to opportunities linked to our new Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) programme
  • Buddy programme / mentoring scheme where more experienced teachers support less experienced colleagues with a variety of activities throughout the year.

Research

  • World leading research, world class facilities, research active staff
  • Final dissertation undertaken in a topic area relevant to each student's own professional context
  • Active MA student research community (student e-zine)


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.



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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. Read more

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.

Key benefits

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for teaching English in different contexts.
  • Four weeks of supervised teaching practice.
  • Gain a professional certificate in TEFL at the same time as your MA in TESOL.
  • Observe lessons and learn from experienced teachers at International House London.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Staff have extensive experience of teaching and training teachers in a wide variety of contexts.

Description

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.

Course purpose

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.

Course format and assessment

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.

Career prospects

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.

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This programme is for those who wish to further their own knowledge and skills in this field. It provides a special emphasis on how theory relates to practice. Read more
This programme is for those who wish to further their own knowledge and skills in this field. It provides a special emphasis on how theory relates to practice.

Why this programme

◾This programme allows you to extend and enhance your career and build on your previous English language teaching experience.
◾You will be given the opportunity to build on your professional experience through further investigation of the links between theory, practice and current research. This is achieved through classroom observation, micro-teaching opportunities, collaborative learning and contextualised assessment.

This interdisciplinary programme draws on the combined expertise of the School of Education and the long established English for Academic Study Unit (School of Modern Languages and Cultures). This enables us to embed our extensive professional and research experience in the areas of language teaching and research.

You will take three core and three optional courses and undertake a supervised research dissertation on an issue relevant to your area of interest.

Core courses
◾Language learning and applications to the classroom
◾Descriptions of language and applications to the classroom
◾Introduction to educational and social research.

Optional courses

◾Advanced educational research
◾Course design and practice in English Language Teaching
◾Developing literacy
◾Educational management and leadership
◾Highly able pupils
◾Language proficiency assessment and feedback
◾Modern educational thought
◾Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties
◾Teaching English for academic purposes
◾Which English? Sociolinguistics and language teaching.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions as an English language teacher, course designer, test designer, course director and teacher educator.

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With a TESOL qualification you could work in any country where people want to learn English. This part-time course leads to a Masters qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Read more
With a TESOL qualification you could work in any country where people want to learn English.

Course overview

This part-time course leads to a Masters qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). English is one of the top three languages spoken worldwide, along with Mandarin and Spanish, and so a TESOL course is a valuable asset for people who want to live and work in other countries.

This TESOL course not only covers theoretical aspects, but also includes a practical teaching module. As part of this, you will learn how to prepare lesson plans and to teach your peers at Sunderland.

Our TESOL MA will give you in-depth understanding of how English is taught to speakers of other languages internationally. The course includes core modules in ‘Principles and Practice of English Language Teaching’ and ‘Linguistics for TESOL’. There are also optional modules with a strong practical element such as 'Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching’.

For your Masters dissertation, you will negotiate a proposal for a research project with our supportive tutors. This ensures that the topic is relevant to your professional development and career aspirations.

We also offer a full-time TESOL MA that allows you to achieve your Masters qualification in just one year.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research. The topic of the project/dissertation is negotiated to fit both your personal interests and the expertise of Sunderland's supportive tutors.

You will study four core modules:
-The Principles of Practice of English Language Teaching (20 Credits)
-Linguistics for TESOL (20 Credits)
-L2 Practical Teaching (20 Credits)
-Research Methods in Language Learning and Teaching (20 Credits)

You will also study the following optional modules:
-Theories of Second/Foreign Language Learning (20 Credits)
-Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching (20 Credits)

Modules may vary from year to year.

Plus the compulsory dissertation:
Dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a TESOL-related topic of your choice (60 Credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, practical tasks and independent learning activities. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

This is a part-time course and contact time will vary during the three year duration of the course. Assessment methods include written assignments, one teaching observation, one teaching practice session, oral and written presentations and the dissertation.

Facilities & location

Our language facilities includes:
-Two digital language laboratories for teaching
-Open-access language laboratory for independent study
-Resources (DVDs, textbooks, magazines, dictionaries)

University Library Services
We have thousands of books and, increasingly, e-books on language topics. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic articles. An important resource is the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which provides access to full text articles for TESOL.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. The University has strong links with external organisations and there is a lively exchange of ideas and people.

Employment & careers

On completing this course you will be equipped with professional skills in teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will also have an appropriate skill set for senior roles such as leading a department and managing change in education.
Potential roles include:
-Teacher
-Head of Department
-Educational Adviser
-Inspector
-Researcher into English language teaching

A Masters degree will also prepare you for further postgraduate studies and enhance career opportunities within Higher Education.

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The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) pathway through the MA in Education involves six taught modules and a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. Read more
The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) pathway through the MA in Education involves six taught modules and a dissertation on a research topic of your choice. The programme accommodates both early career teachers seeking a grounding in the core disciplines of TESOL, and those with considerable experience hoping to consolidate or progress into specialist areas of expertise.

In addition, for students who are 'early career' or who have not studied beyond degree level for some years, Developing MA Literacies has been designed to support transition towards MA level teacher-researcher. It can be taken either as a fully assessed option, or as a support module to run alongside MA studies.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/ma-in-education-tesol/

Why choose this course?

- Course content is tailored to your own professional context, with practical as well as scholarly tasks and assignments, and discussion with fellow TESOL practitioners worldwide on cutting edge practice and research.

- The generic research module gives you a skills and research base that involves you in wider educational debates nationally and internationally.

- The programme builds in explicit support for the academic literacies and skills needed to be successful as an MA teacher-researcher.

- The programme accommodates both the early career TESOL specialist as well as the experienced practitioner seeking career consolidation or development.

- Options allow for a range of professional specialisms, including English as an Additional Language, ELT Materials Development and English for Specific Purposes.

- The programme can be taken fully online at a distance, fully on campus, or a combination of the two. The programme offers the unique opportunity for campus and distance-based students to work interactively with one another online.

- You are also part of the Learning, Culture and Identity research community which includes talks, conferences, guest speakers and the opportunity to hear former MA students in their current work contexts.

- There are opportunities for campus-based students to participate in a volunteer placement scheme teaching Oxford-based asylum seekers. This experience can be built into coursework and assessment.

- The programme is taught by a highly research-active team that is well published and highly visible in the TESOL world. Students will find themselves part of an active research community.

- Because Oxford is one of the world's great academic cities, it is a key centre of debate, and alongside our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our postgraduate students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.

- Oxford is a centre of multiple language schools such as St Joseph's School and St Clare's College. This makes it a thriving environment for foreign students and the practice of TESOL.

- We offer a wide range of Postgraduate Certificates, specifically designed for part time students who are working full time. Sessions typically run in the evenings, with some online discussions. On completion of a postgraduate certificate you can then choose to go onto study a further three modules and the successful completion of a dissertation will complete your MA Education.

Teaching and learning

Learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, student and staff-led seminars, and project work. Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of participants, and encourage critical reflection.

Teaching style is highly participatory, and engages you in workshop activities, online discussion, peer evaluation, presentations and research projects, with students drawing on their professional experience, home culture and language.

Campus students are encouraged to meet fortnightly in self-run sessions to follow up class readings and tasks and involve their online peers in these discussions through Skype, Facebook or online discussion.

The programme is supported by a full online ‘virtual learning environment’ which includes readings, discussions, session materials, peer support for assignments, and opportunities for students on campus and online to share professional concerns and debates.

Each course module is assessed separately and is based on coursework such as individual essays, seminar presentations, reports, portfolios, investigative research and group work.

How this course helps you develop

Students on the TESOL programme have been able to make links, develop skills, and identify opportunities which have led to the following career changes:
- setting up a language school
- writing coursebooks for an international publisher
- becoming an editor for a TESOL publisher
- teaching at a university language centre for international students
- teaching mother tongue (eg Mandarin) in the UK
- becoming an English as an Additional Language (EAL) coordinator in a UK school.

- Postgraduate certificates
Alternatively, you can develop your professional practice in specialist areas through our range of Postgraduate Certificate Awards.

Careers

Recent students graduating with an MA Education (TESOL) have moved from teaching into teacher professional development, management of language schools and language businesses, materials and test writing.

Others have gone from school to university teaching and from general English to specific English teaching for academic purposes, business and law.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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TESOL with Applied Linguistics will enable you to develop the solid foundation of knowledge and the practical skills you need to teach English to non-native speakers of the language. Read more
TESOL with Applied Linguistics will enable you to develop the solid foundation of knowledge and the practical skills you need to teach English to non-native speakers of the language.

This postgraduate degree course will equip you with a thorough grounding in teaching methodology, classroom management, an in-depth knowledge of lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. It will also help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need to continue to develop as a professional.

English is the world’s foremost language, and literally millions are learning it. Teaching English is a truly rewarding and fulfilling career, and one which will enable you to travel widely and come into contact with other cultures. There is an increasing demand for well-qualified TESOL professionals around the world.

INDUSTRY LINKS

We have great links with employers within the world of ELT and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

You will have a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, with approximately eight hours of class contact per week. A student-centred approach is emphasised in the teaching and learning process. You will be expected to prepare thoroughly for all classes.

The course combines a focus on principles and theories with a concern to help you develop practical skills. It is taught by people who are both academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right. We have a range of experience in a number of teaching contexts around the world.

You will complete a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic which you have a desire to investigate and will be encouraged to present your findings at UCLan postgraduate conferences, in refereed journals and at international conferences in the field, such as IATEFL and NATESOL.

We regularly host internationally-renowned guest speakers for talks and conferences on campus. See the video of Professor Rod Ellis below for an example.

FURTHER INFORMATION

TESOL with Applied Linguistics combines a focus on principles and theories with a concern to help you develop practical skills, and is taught by people who are both academic researchers, practitioners and teacher-trainers in their own right. It covers methodology, second language learning and acquisition, and language analysis.

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The MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics (E-Learning) will provide you with an internationally recognised master’s degree that will enable you to progress to the next level in your career in language education. Read more
The MA TESOL with Applied Linguistics (E-Learning) will provide you with an internationally recognised master’s degree that will enable you to progress to the next level in your career in language education.

While you will study the same modules as you would on the full-time campus-based version of the course, you will be able to pursue the online route as a part-time student. The online format provides you with the flexibility to blend your career and postgraduate studies in a complimentary way. While this is a rigorous course which we expect you to complete within 2-5 years, it has been designed with the part-time adult learner in mind and incorporates a paced delivery method in which you will progress through each module as a group over a 12-week period.

INDUSTRY LINKS

We have built up strong links with key employers within the world of ELT over a number of years and regularly advertise jobs and job fairs. Employers also visit the campus on a regular basis.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Using a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment incorporating a range of collaborative Web 2.0 tools and a model of social learning, learners are provided with weekly activities that require self-directed study and structured team activities. Each module is based on a core textbook and you will have access to video input from your instructors and engage with reflective discussions and collaborative tasks where appropriate.

You will study the course entirely online using a virtual learning environment. Each module is structured and you will progress through the 12 weeks of input as a group. You are provided with weekly audio/video lectures, engage in structured discussion-based activities, as collaborative activities within your group as appropriate.

We use a variety of assessment procedures including essays, portfolios, presentations, practical projects, online discussions and group activities. Assessment in all cases is designed to promote deep learning and to aid your reflective, analytical and problem-solving skills.

FURTHER INFORMATION

The MA aims to equip you with an in-depth understanding of teaching methodology, lexis, grammar and phonology, and the way in which language is learned. You will also have the opportunity to study for a range of optional modules in EAP, course and materials design, and computer-assisted language learning among others. Following the e-learning path will help you to develop the analytical and reflective skills you need, while also giving you the flexibility to study where you want, when you want.

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Why this programme. This programme allows you to extend and enhance your career and build on your previous English language teaching experience. Read more

Why this programme

  • This programme allows you to extend and enhance your career and build on your previous English language teaching experience.
  • You will be given the opportunity to build on your professional experience through further investigation of the links between theory, practice and current research. This is achieved through classroom observation, micro-teaching opportunities, collaborative learning and contextualised assessment.
  • This interdisciplinary programme draws on the combined expertise of the School of Education and the long established English for Academic Study Unit (School of Modern Languages and Cultures). This enables us to embed our extensive professional and research experience in the areas of language teaching and research.
  • If you are looking for the necessary skills and knowledge to begin your career teaching English to speakers of other languages, you should consider the MSc TESOL.

Programme structure

You will take three core and three optional courses and undertake a supervised research dissertation on an issue relevant to your area of interest.

Core courses

  • Descriptions of language and applications to the classroom 
  • Introduction to educational and social research
  • Language learning and applications to the classroom.

Optional courses may include

  • Advanced educational research
  • Course design and practice in English Language Teaching
  • Developing literacy 
  • Highly able learners
  • Identities, relationships and behaviours
  • Language proficiency assessment and feedback
  • Modern educational thought
  • Social, emotional and behavioural difficulties 
  • Teaching English for academic purposes
  • Which English? Sociolinguistics and language teaching.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.



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