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If your career involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our MA / PGCert Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages) online degree is designed to help you. Read more
If your career involves educating other people and you'd like to improve your professional expertise or progress into a more senior role, our MA / PGCert Education (English for Speakers of Other Languages) online degree is designed to help you.

The MA / PGCert Education (ESOL) Pathway is designed to meet the interests of both novice and experienced teachers of:
• English as a Second Language (ESL)
• English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
• those teaching international students and immigrant groups within Community, FE and HE (ESOL/ EAP/EGAP)
• those involved in teaching non-native speakers of English within the private and state school sectors and work based contexts ( • EFL/EAL/ESOL/ESP).

It provides students with a strong theoretical and practical foundation, touching on such areas as applied linguistics, language acquisition, ESL/EFL classroom methods, testing, cross-cultural considerations and English as a Global Language.

Our modules will encourage you to consider ways of understanding language learning processes, and expand your awareness of the approaches and principles, models and pedagogies, alongside policies that support or influence successful English Language Teaching (ELT) across a range of local, national and international contexts.

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Visit our website where you can try this course for free! Our course taster allows you to access a selection of content from a module within this course and experience online learning first hand.

Enriching your career

Our MA Education is not a teaching qualification but previous students have benefited from this postgraduate degree, helping them to gain more senior roles, enriching their teaching, challenging their preconceptions and boosting their confidence.

Be inspired by others

Students frequently tell us that they most enjoy hearing the diverse mix of experiences, ideas and opinions brought by others taking the course, especially when that challenges their own thinking. Online discussion forums make this possible, and with such a wide variety of people on the course, from the UK and overseas, that’s not surprising. Our tutors have many years’ experience in the education sector themselves, so they understand your profession and are sympathetic to the pressures of balancing study with a busy teaching job.

You are in control

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. The course is divided into modules which are scheduled over fixed trimesters so there will be deadlines to meet; however you can organise your study time around your work and personal commitments in order to complete each module within the set time parameters.

Online class discussions are largely focused on contextualisation of theory to practice, so it’s stimulating, engaging and highly relevant to your day-to-day, professional life.

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Versatile programme from the Institute of Education, recognised internationally as a world-class provider of teacher education . Read more
  • Versatile programme from the Institute of Education, recognised internationally as a world-class provider of teacher education 
  • Suitable for teachers who have experience of, or interest in, the teaching of English as a Second/ Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) 
  • Deepen your knowledge and understanding of broad education-related topics and debates alongside developing knowledge of theory and practice of teaching ESL/EFL 
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in second language acquisition, teaching methodology, broader educational studies and academic skills 
  • Tailor your studies through a wide range of modules.

This master’s programme is designed for candidates who wish to develop their knowledge of the theory and practice of teaching ESL/EFL alongside deepening their knowledge and understanding of broader education-related topics and debates. Those who wish to develop relevant knowledge and skills in TESOL and related linguistic areas should apply to MA TESOL.

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Second language teaching and learning
  • English language: study skills and research methodology
  • Values and practices in education
  • Investigating education
  • Improving teaching and learning

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.



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This programme is studied entirely in China. It is jointly delivered by the University of Leeds and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and allows experienced Chinese TESOL professionals to gain a deeper understanding of how languages are learned and the strategies used to teach them. Read more

This programme is studied entirely in China. It is jointly delivered by the University of Leeds and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, and allows experienced Chinese TESOL professionals to gain a deeper understanding of how languages are learned and the strategies used to teach them.

You will explore current insights, issues and problems withinTESOL, and assesses the theoretical frameworks for the language learning,teaching and testing processes. You will have the opportunity to appraise the proceduresand outcomes of different approaches to pedagogy and evaluation in TESOL, andthe ability to explore how such issues and frameworks relate to your ownprofessional environment.

You’ll study four core modules exploring current theories of language acquisition, the complex context in which any language learning takes place, different approaches to and strategies for TESOL, and current theories around language assessment.

You’ll be taught at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies by tutors from both universities and be registered as a full-time student at Leeds, giving you access to all of our online library resources as well as those available at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Research and professional insight

The Language Education team in the School of Education is nationally and internationally recognised for its range of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics.

The Language Education team in the School of Education is one of the largest such teams in the UK. Members have experience of teaching, teacher education and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics in many contexts in the UK and around the world, and are nationally and internationally recognised as researchers.

This programme is not suitable for those without professional TESOL experience.

Course content

This programme is jointly delivered and has been designed by academic staff from both the University of Leeds and Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

All teaching and learning is influenced by the context in which it occurs. The programme begins by considering the components of an educational context, from visible features of the classroom to the less visible but influential educational norms that affect teacher and learner roles and behaviours.

You then explore current theoretical models of language acquisition, and consider the ways in which people learn, or acquire a second language. The course continues by deepening your understanding of learning and teaching integrated skills in TESOL, focusing explicitly on oral and written language processing and their implications for different teaching and learning activities. You’ll use this knowledge to design, adapt and evaluate language learning tasks, and to think carefully about methods of assessment that will be appropriate for your working context

At every stage of the course, you’ll develop your research skills and think about the relationship between research and TESOL practice. You’ll demonstrate this awareness when you complete your critical study: an intensive, small-scale, research project related to your own interests in TESOL education.

In March of the year after you successfully complete the programme, you’ll receive a MA TESOL degree from the University of Leeds at a graduation ceremony in Guangzhou.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Approaches and Contexts in TESOL 30 credits
  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 30 credits
  • Teaching Oral and Written Skills for TESOL 30 credits
  • Language Testing 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

This course is all taught face-to-face at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with two modules each taught by tutors from each university. You’ll experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, discussions, small group tasks and presentations, and extra study support will be available online through the University of Leeds’ Virtual Learning Environment. Independent study is also an important part of this programme.

Assessment

All modules are assessed by written assignments of up to 6000 words, and you’ll be encouraged to write on topics that are directly relevant to your own professional context. Your critical study is around 12,000 words. All your assignments will be submitted online through the University of Leeds’ Virtual Learning Environment.

Career opportunities

You’ll gain a range of knowledge and skills from this programme that could make a big difference your career prospects.

Many of our graduates go back to their previous work contexts, where they often become candidates for promotion thanks to their greater expertise. Others find new jobs in different institutions or other parts of the country. Some have even progressed to PhD level study at institutions in China, Hong Kong and the UK.



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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. Read more
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.

Overview

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’ll be introduced to the key concepts and theories of language teaching, materials development and second language acquisition. You’ll 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’ll meet experts from educational institutions and publishing houses, such as Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, who’ll be happy to talk to you about teaching methods and materials.

Throughout the course, you’ll also reflect critically on all aspects of your developing professional practice and discuss them with other students and our experienced team of lecturers.

Teaching times: Mondays and Thursdays from 6-8pm (full-time); Thursdays from 6-8pm (part-time).

See the website http://www.anglia.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/tesol-and-materials-development

Careers

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.

Core modules

Materials and Course Design
Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials
Classroom Theory and Practice
The Process of Materials Writing
Major Project

Assessment

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.

Events

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.

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is offered by specialists in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Key Features of TESOL

Swansea University has one of the longest established Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) training and education centres in the UK and is internationally known for excellence in vocabulary research. Currently staff expertise exists in corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning and stylistics. Internationally recruited staff offer a wide range of relevant experience and contacts across countries and continents as well as different levels of kinds of education. The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is intended for those who have already begun to develop an informed interest or have some previous training or relevant experience in the field.

El Gazette ranked the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at Swansea, top for world class research in English Language.

Students enrolled on the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme will benefit from the College of Arts and Humanities' Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught Master's study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has two parts: a taught component and either a dissertation or practical teaching of English language classes.

TESOL students following the practical route will be supported, observed and assessed teaching English. They are also required to produce a portfolio of teaching and testing materials. This route would be indicated on the final MA certificate.

TESOL Programme Aims

- The MA TESOL is a one-year full time, campus-based programme designed to give (prospective) teachers of English as a foreign/second language a thorough understanding of current theories, trends, and cutting edge applied linguistics research relevant for language teaching.

- The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme also aims to stimulate reflection on students’ own teaching practices.

- TESOL students are assessed through a range of assessments, including essays, data analysis projects, group projects, and in-class

exams.

- TESOL students with some experience in language teaching and/or some formal background in linguistics are likely to benefit most from the programme.

Modules

Modules on the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme typically include:

• Vocabulary: Teaching and Learning

• Describing English

• Discourse Analysis for ELT

• Communicative Language Teaching

• Second Language Acquisition

• Young Language Learners

• Research Methods for ELT

• Language Testing and Assessment

Who should Apply to the TESOL Programme?

- Prospective students interested in teaching English as a foreign or second language.

- Prospective students who have experience of teaching English as a second or foreign language, or who have some previous training or relevant work experience in the field.

- Prospective students who wish to gain academic training in applied linguistics, in preparation for advanced academic degrees (e.g., MPhil, PhD) in applied linguistics or related disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Swansea can expect to pursue careers in ESL and EFL teaching, teacher training, material development, international education, publishing, and in a wide range of international settings requiring in-depth understanding of language learning, teaching, and research.

Student Quote

“Studying abroad has always been one of my dreams. My friends have always told me that the period studying as a student is the most enjoyable time in life. I didn't really believe it till I started my MA course at the Swansea University. The course in Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL, now TESOL) helped me to deepen my knowledge in that field. All of the lecturers I had a chance to meet were really helpful, motivating and friendly. They were professional and possessed a great knowledge of what they teach. The modules offered include theory as well as practice. The facilities provided by the University, such as computer rooms and the library were great as well and well equipped. I really regret that the time I spent in Swansea is now over. It was a great experience for me and gave me a chance to meet and make friends with many people from all over the world.”

Anna Marie Poczta, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), MA



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The course is designed for experienced teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (and this includes teachers of EFL, ESL, EAL, ESP, and so on) in whatever geographical context or type of institution they are working. Read more
The course is designed for experienced teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (and this includes teachers of EFL, ESL, EAL, ESP, and so on) in whatever geographical context or type of institution they are working. Applications from both native- and non-native-English-speaking teachers are welcome.

This course enables experienced TESOL practitioners to further their careers with regard to: obtaining positions of seniority; undertaking new areas of professional activity; embed practice within a research dimension; contribute to the professional development of other teachers; and act in advisory capacities to teaching and associated agencies. It also aims to help you to develop advanced knowledge of TESOL-related research, theory, and areas of debate; understand more deeply your role as TESOL practitioner given the international currency of English and the developments in the educational environment afforded by technology access and global networking; develop advanced professional skills such as conducting needs analyses and evaluating, adapting and designing teaching and learning resources; develop academic literacy.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by lecturers who themselves have been language teachers (TESOL and other languages) with experience of working in Britain and overseas. Formal lectures are rare and instead classes tend to mix sections of input with group-work, computer and video activities, simulations and problem-based learning.

The course can be characterised in terms of participant's critical reflection - as informed by theory and research as well as by their professional experiences. We encourage both individual and co-operative learning and research and hope to foster an ethos of lifelong learning. As our students are themselves experienced teachers, we appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience that they bring to the course and we encourage the sharing of professional insights including their fellow participants. We provide training in the use of electronic databases, library resources, and computer based statistics packages. Many other key skills will be developed during the course.

Coursework and assessment

The form of the assessment varies from unit to unit but usually consists of a written assignment of 3.500 words for a 15-credit course unit (double for a 30-credit course unit). You are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant theory as applied to your professional practice, and also demonstrate technical, academic, and professional skills . All assignments will be followed by both formative and summative feedback.

You can choose between a Mode A (traditional type) or a Mode B (portfolio type) of dissertation. Mode A dissertations can be empirical (report on a research project); conceptual (discuss or develop a conceptual understanding or framework of relevance to your professional development); or practical (development of a rationale for practical activities related to professional practice). Mode A practical dissertations and Mode B portfolio-type dissertations are very similar but in the latter the materials produced are close to being in a publishable format.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to positions of seniority, undertake new areas of professional activity, such as publishing or materials development, contribute to the professional development of other teachers, and act in advisory capacities to teaching and associated agencies at both national and international level. Some also proceed to doctoral studies in TESOL, either in other contexts or joining our own thriving doctoral community.

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This programme looks at language from a sociocultural perspective. It's designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language, culture and society but also provides a solid understanding of English language and linguistics- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-sociocultural-linguistics/. Read more
This programme looks at language from a sociocultural perspective. It's designed for anyone with an interest in the relationship between language, culture and society but also provides a solid understanding of English language and linguistics- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/ma-sociocultural-linguistics/

The MA develops your understanding of historical and contemporary debates in (socio)linguistics and discourse analysis and enhances your analytic and linguistic skills by introducing different approaches to the analysis of written and spoken language use from a range of everyday and institutional contexts.

Topics covered include:

language and ideology
linguistic performances of identity (particularly language and gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social class)
language and the media
talk at work
English in a multilingual world
intercultural communication
multilingualism and code-switching
varieties of English
You're encouraged to engage with these topics by drawing on your own social, cultural and occupational backgrounds in class discussions and in your written work.

You're also encouraged to collect your own samples of written and spoken language use and learn to subject those to in-depth critical analysis.

This MA will draw on findings, theories and methodologies from: sociolinguistics, semantics, pragmatics, spoken and written discourse analysis, ethnography, semiotics, feminist stylistics; multimodal analysis; interactional sociolinguistics, conversational analysis, membership categorisation analysis, performativity and narrative analysis.

The programme’s distinct interdisciplinary ethos is also reflected in your opportunity to choose from a selection of relevant option modules in other departments in Goldsmiths.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Maria Macdonald.

Modules & Structure

On this programme you will complete two core modules, two option modules and one dissertation.

Core modules:
Core Issues in English Language & Linguistics- 30 credits
Language in its Sociocultural Context- 30 credits

Option modules:
You may choose two linguistic options or one linguistic option and one option from other MA programmes within the College, where specifically approved by the Programme Co-ordinator.

Option modules from other departments:
You may also choose one non-linguistics module, either from our own department (English and Comparative Literature) or from another department. Please note that availability of options across the College varies, but typically you can choose from the following selection. Please note that your choice of option module from another deparment needs to be discussed with the Programme Co-ordinator of the MA Sociocultural Linguistics in advance.

Dissertation:
You also produce a dissertation. Dissertation topics in the past have included:

discursive construction of religious identities in interviews with British Muslim converts
code-switching practices in a Tunisian family
discourse and identities in the SLA classroom
language and gender in dream narratives
pauses and silences on Talk Radio
attitudes towards bilingual signs in Thailand
representations of parenthood in UK parenting magazines
political debates on Irish TV
lifetime narratives of older Asian immigrants in the UK
the language of text messaging
language and literacy practices on Facebook
attitudes to non-standard language use
discursive analysis of EFL textbooks
gendered speech style in an all-female group of Iranian friends
The best (UG or MA) linguistics dissertation is rewarded every year with the Hayley Davis Prize.

Approach to teaching

Our lecture/seminar sessions are designed to combine discussions of preparatory reading materials with tutor-led input and hands-on analyses of data/texts by students. We also tend to invite guest lectures for our option modules and introduce you to a number of linguistics talk series across the University of London.

Our MA group is usually very tight-knit, students and student reps organise study/revision groups, online discussion forums, outings to lectures across London, and a number of social events.

Assessment

Coursework; essays; examinations; dissertation.

Skills

Transferable skills, including enhanced communication and discussion skills in written and oral contexts; the ability to analyse and evaluate a wide variety of spoken and written texts from informal as well as institutional settings; an understanding of the concept of communicative competence; the ability to organise information, and to assimilate and evaluate competing arguments.

Careers

Publishing, journalism, british council roles, public relations, teaching, research, translation, advertising, the civil service, business, industry, the media.

Funding

Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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This is a Masters course that can take you into employment anywhere in the world. If you are enthusiastic about teaching English as a foreign or second language, then our course offers you vocationally-relevant, research-led training of the highest quality, taught by academics known for their teaching excellence. Read more
This is a Masters course that can take you into employment anywhere in the world.

If you are enthusiastic about teaching English as a foreign or second language, then our course offers you vocationally-relevant, research-led training of the highest quality, taught by academics known for their teaching excellence.

You explore teaching methods and the description of English used in the investigation of language learning and teaching, and study additional topics according to your needs. These might include:
-How second language learners acquire vocabulary, and how vocabulary can be taught
-Computer-assisted language-learning
-Literature and language-learning
-Materials design and evaluation
-Teaching Writing in EFL/ESL

You also gain hands-on teaching experience through our Teaching Practice I and Teaching Practice II modules.

Whether you have no prior teaching experience or are already an English language teacher, this course can be adapted to suit you. If you have little or no previous teaching experience, you receive ‘hands on’ teaching practice throughout the course via TEFL, while if you already have more than two year’s full-time teaching experience, you can undertake specialist study through TESOL instead.

You'll be part of our Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi), a unique research centre specialising in all aspects of language learning and development.

We are one of the largest and most prestigious language and linguistics departments in the world, a place where talented students become part of an academic community in which the majority of research is rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014), placing us firmly within the top 10 departments in the UK and ranked among the top 150 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for linguistics.

If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Our expert staff

Our staff are internationally renowned. Florence Myles authored the best-selling Second Language Learning Theories, and Bob Borsley wrote both Syntactic Theory: a Unified Approach and Modern Phrase Structure Grammar.

Other teachers on this course include Christina Gkonou, who has conducted extensive research into the effects of individual factors like anxiety on success in language learning, and Julian Good and Tracey Costley, who have taught English in Europe, the Far East and South America for many years before coming to Essex.

Karen Roehr-Brackin is a leading expert on the relationship between metalinguistic knowledge (conscious awareness of the rules of language) and language learning ability, and Adela Gánem-Gutiérrez is a leading expert on the use of computers and the role that interaction in the classroom plays in language learning.

Specialist facilities

-An exciting programme of research seminars and other events
-Our Languages for All programme offers you the opportunity to study an additional language alongside your course at no extra cost
-Our Albert Sloman Library houses a strong collection of books, journals, electronic resources and major archives

Your future

Takers of our MA TEFL and other courses in English Language Teaching come with the specific intention of entering the ELT/TESOL profession, which they duly go on to do.

Students on these courses often join us after a career in English teaching, to update their expertise and return to the classroom with a career enhancement.

The specialist knowledge you gain enables you to take senior or specialist roles (for example in computer-assisted language-learning, ESP or teaching young learners), not necessarily only in the classroom but also in educational advice and management, programme evaluation, syllabus design and teacher education.

We also work with the University’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Example structure

-Teaching Practice I
-Description of Language for TEFL/ELT and Applied Linguistics
-Approaches, Methods and Teacher Development for TEFL/TESOL
-Research Methods I
-Assignment Writing and Dissertation Preparation
-Research Methods II
-MA Dissertation
-Second Language Vocabulary: Learning, Teaching and Use (optional)
-Topics in the Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching (optional)
-Foundations of Computer Assisted Language Learning (optional)
-Literature and Language Teaching (optional)
-Materials Design and Evaluation (optional)
-Teaching, Listening and Speaking (optional)
-Teaching and Learning Grammar (optional)
-Teaching English to Young Learners: Principles and Practice (optional)
-Teaching Practice II (optional)
-Reflective Practitioner (optional)
-Teaching Reading and Writing in TEFL/TESOL (optional)

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Why take this course?

The course is ideal for practicing ELT/EFL/TESOL teachers who wish to continue their professional development and improve their career prospects. As well as thoroughly reviewing developments in the field, this flexible course allows students to develop their expertise in areas of personal interest.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Extend your knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching as you upgrade your qualifications
Reflect on your teaching practice from theoretical and research-based perspectives
Improve your career prospects

What opportunities might it lead to?

Completion of the course will support further career options, including diversification into educational management or teacher education, among other paths. Many of our graduates have gone on to obtain jobs in universities in the UK and abroad, or have taken on greater responsibility in their existing institutions. Others have also taken advantage of the secure footing for doctoral-level study provided by the programme.

Module Details

The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units. You will study:

Second Language Acquisition: This unit reviews relevant research on the topic of SLA and builds on students’ previous experience of language learning, applying this to areas such as individual differences and types of learning, as well as to more formal approaches to SLA.

Theory and Practice of TESOL: Students consider the theory and practice that informs communicative language teaching and how individual and contextual factors impact on classroom practices and decision making. In so doing, they reflect on their own teaching and learning experiences. The unit also considers issues in curriculum and syllabus design, assessment and teacher education.

Dissertation: Students undertake a piece of significant research, reported and analysed in an appropriate manner in an area of professional relevance. A research proposal will be produced in the first instance and supervision from a tutor will be available throughout the process.

plus two options from:

Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research: Students are introduced to the ways in which they can make use of technology as both language teachers and language researchers. In particular, the unit focuses on the technological affordances of the internet and language corpora.

World Englishes: The English language has always been characterised by dynamic change. This unit considers the political, ideological and pedagogical aspects of English being used as a global lingua franca.

Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material: This unit develops students’ abilities to analyse teaching materials, with particular emphasis on the perspectives of discourse, pragmatics and theories of second language acquisition. Students will focus on evaluating and writing material with particular teaching contexts in mind.

Analysing Discourse: This unit introduces various analytical tools (e.g. appraisal, speech acts, modality, metaphors, transitivity, cohesion, theme-rheme) which are valuable in the analysis of authentic discourses and texts (e.g. courtroom discourse, social media, educational science texts, newspaper texts, political speeches, advertisements, etc.). The importance of context in any analysis is emphasised.

Professional Portfolio: This unit offers students the opportunity to profile their degree to their own professional and/or personal interests, allowing students the chance to study areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students negotiate an area for study and then pursue this with the support of a supervisor.

Please note. All optional units are subject to staff availability and student demand.

Exit levels

The credit system creates a flexible framework in which you can graduate with one of the following awards, depending on the number of credits gained:

MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL: 180 credits
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics and TESOL: 120 credits
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and TESOL: 60 credits

Programme Assessment

Our campus programme combines the opportunity for traditional classroom-based teaching, with the flexibility of distance learning. A student can complete the programme (excluding the dissertation) entirely through classroom delivery. Alternatively, they can widen their option choices by selecting one or more units from the distance learning and supervised unit ranges.

A full time student will do one core unit and one option in each teaching block (plus their dissertation). A part time student will do a core unit in each teaching block of year one and an option unit in each teaching block of year two (plus their dissertation).

Typically each taught unit runs for twelve weeks and has four hours of teaching per week. Teaching takes place in small seminar groups, allowing students to analyse arguments, contribute ideas and ask questions. Tutors are also available to offer guidance to students on an individual basis.

Most units are assessed through at least two pieces of coursework (typically essays), amounting to 6,000 words in total for the unit.

Student Destinations

Graduates will be able to progress to jobs in higher education in their own country or elsewhere, or continue on to undertake doctoral research in teaching and related fields. Possession of a Master's qualification is often viewed as a requirement for promotion to a more responsible position in either the private or public sectors or to diversify a career into areas such as educational management, materials evaluation and production, teacher education or external assessment.

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A TESOL MA can enhance the career prospects of a second or foreign language teacher and contribute to professional development. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and other MA students from around the world. Read more
A TESOL MA can enhance the career prospects of a second or foreign language teacher and contribute to professional development. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and other MA students from around the world.

Degree information

This programme will give you the opportunity to discuss and debate issues related to teaching second and foreign languages. You will also develop your knowledge of how theory can inform practice in second and foreign language education. You will deepen your understanding of key concepts and ideas, and develop your ability to select, design and evaluate language teaching materials.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), three optional modules (90 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core module - the core module for the MA TESOL is Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching (30 credits).
-Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching

Optional modules
-Assessment: Issues and Practice
-Contemporary Issues in English Education
-Discourse Society and Culture
-Early Childhood Education
-Education and Development in Asia
-Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
-Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
-English in Diverse World Contexts
-Internet Cultures: Theory and Practice
-Language and Identity
-Language Development
-Language Teacher Identity and Development
-Learning and Teaching with Technologies
-Literacy Development
-Materials Development for Language Teaching
-Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy
-Second Language Acquisition
-Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
-Technology and Education Beyond the Classroom
-Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)

Dissertation/report
All students submit a 2,500-word research proposal and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning
Teaching combines various forms, such as lectures, workshops, projects, student presentations, and student-led discussions. Within sessions, students often engage in individual, pair and group task which are then fed back to the leanly. Assessment is by coursework and presentation. Various coursework types are used as appropriate to the module.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as English language teachers from early years to higher education, while others have jobs as senior managers and directors of study in the private sector and in state schools. Graduates can also be found working as textbook writers, editors, publishers, education journalists, NGO and development officers, education consultants, policy advisers, researchers and PhD students.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-English Teacher, King's College London
-Language School Director, LSI (Language Studies International)
-Secondary School Teacher (English Language), Fuji Higashi Senior High School
-Teaching Fellow, University College London (UCL)
-PhD Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Institute of Education, University of London (IOE)

Employability
The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, research-based education based on the latest developments in the area of TESOL. This will give them a natural advantage when applying for teaching or other TESOL-related posts. We also help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, through departmental talks and other networking opportunities within the department and the wider UCL community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This TESOL degree combines research-informed learning with the opportunity to reflect on and enhance your own professional practice. You will receive strong support throughout from our team of tutors all of whom have international experience in EFL and ESL.

You will also become part of one of the oldest and most well-known centres for English language teacher development, and will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers from the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics as well as MA students from all around the world.

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Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this dynamic programme’s challenging combination of theory and practice will provide you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages. Read more

Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this dynamic programme’s challenging combination of theory and practice will provide you with the essential language teaching skills you need to teach English to speakers of other languages.

Designed primarily for EFL, ESL and TESOL teachers, teacher trainers, head teachers and materials/curriculum/policy designers, it allows you to upgrade your knowledge of language, methodology and curriculum design, and shows you how to focus on the needs of the learner.

You will learn to design, implement and evaluate substantial research or development tasks, and adapt your planning and teaching approaches to changing contexts and circumstances.

You will graduate with greater professional knowledge and enhanced confidence in your ability to teach the English language to any student.

Programme structure

For the MSc you will complete three compulsory courses and two option courses, plus a dissertation. The PgDip and PgCert comprise similar combinations of compulsory and optional courses.

Compulsory courses:

  • TESOL Methodology
  • Language and the Learner
  • Second Language Teaching Curriculum
  • Research Methods (Part 1) Sources of Knowledge
  • Research Methods (Part 2) Conceptualising Research: Foundations, Assumptions And Praxis
  • Research Methods (Part 3) Planning Research

Option courses may include (note: not all options run every year):

  • Evaluation and Design of TESOL Materials
  • Language Testing
  • Online Language Learning
  • Teaching Text Across Borders
  • Theory and Practice of Second Language Learning
  • Language Awareness for Second Language Teachers
  • Investigating Individual Learner Differences
  • Language and Culture Pedagogy

Career opportunities

This qualification can lead to a variety of roles in the TESOL field such as:

  • training other TESOL teachers
  • management of TESOL education
  • teaching English at primary, secondary or tertiary level
  • teaching English in specialised fields (e.g. business English)

The MSc is a good introduction to an advanced research degree. You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and professional skills, which can be applied to roles in any field.



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Learn how to provide expert care and education for children from birth to the age of five. This course will help you examine the issues that affect young children and work with their parents, carers and communities to support their development. Read more
Learn how to provide expert care and education for children from birth to the age of five. This course will help you examine the issues that affect young children and work with their parents, carers and communities to support their development.

You will explore your own professional practice, enhancing your understanding of diversity, inclusion and the values which underpin policy and pedagogy in the early years setting. This will give you a greater ability to meet the needs of children and families from different cultures and backgrounds.

From the complex nature of play to using the outdoor environment as a tool for learning, we will give you the skills you need to provide care, attention and emotional support to children. You will be able to work with parents and carers to safeguard children, providing them with the best possible start in life.

Fees for this course are paid by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and you may also be able to apply for a bursary. Visit the National College for Teaching & Leadership website for more information.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/earlychildhoodcare_EYTS

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

The course will give you an edge in the competitive education job market. Postgraduate qualifications in early years settings are rare - so you will stand out with a PGCE. You will be prepared to work in a leadership role within children'?s centres or private day care, leading practice and helping to raise standards in the sector.

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will complete three assessed placements giving you the opportunity to gain experience with children in the birth to five years age range. These placements can be in varied settings such as children's centres, schools, private nurseries or childminders. You will be able to put the theory you are learning into practice and discover more about the range of career options available to you when you graduate.

We have more than 100 years' experience of teacher training at our Headingley Campus and our welcoming, friendly course team are ready to bring out the best in you. Many of them have experience working in the early years sector and their published work on play, early language development and well-being in the early years is both nationally and internationally recognised.

Guest speakers will share their expertise with you and you'll be studying alongside a diverse range of people from a variety of backgrounds, giving you the opportunity to discuss your experiences and learn from each other.

Dr Marie-Odile Leconte

School of Education Head

"In the School of Education and Childhood, we're committed to helping people grow and develop throughout their career. If you're hoping to get into the teaching profession, are newly qualified, or already have years of experience in the classroom; if you work in Early Years settings or other settings connected with children's and young people's services and provision; if you are concerned with special education needs, or working as a teaching assistant, a headteacher, or as a school governor, we can provide you with support and access to the latest research in the areas of learning, teaching and educational leadership."

Marie-Odile has developed considerable experience in HRM, organisational development and leadership. She sits on the national Executive Committee of UCML, the main network for Heads of Departments of Languages in UK universities where she has particular responsibility for providing staff development workshops for Heads of Departments/Language Centres. Her research interests include cross-cultural communication and language education. She is currently supervising PhD students in the areas of language learning (EFL) and international education and is also taking part in a research project on the meaning of ethics in the academic community.

Facilities

- Library
Our Library is open 24/7, every day of the year. However you like to work, we have got you covered with group and silent study areas, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Headingley Campus
Our historic Headingley Campus is set in nearly 100 acres of parkland and offers easy access to Leeds city centre.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The PgCert TEAP is for experienced teachers of English who wish to develop their career by gaining specialist skills and knowledge in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Read more

The PgCert TEAP is for experienced teachers of English who wish to develop their career by gaining specialist skills and knowledge in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

During the course you learn to

  • recognise the differences between general English as a foreign language and English for academic purposes
  • extend your knowledge of literature and scholarship in EAP
  • use and critically evaluate live classroom observation instruments as a method of data collection
  • evaluate a range of current EAP materials both practically and theoretically
  • respond to the needs of individuals and groups of students and design a suitable EAP tasks for them using contemporary research
  • reflect on your own practice by planning and carrying out structured classroom-based investigations including peer observation
  • demonstrate an understanding of current academic issues and their appropriateness to your own professional teaching and learning context
  • compile the evidence to support an application for BALEAP accreditation

The course is a professional development qualification designed to meet the increasing global demand for well-qualified teachers in EAP. It carries sixty credits, which can be used towards other post-graduate qualifications.

On the first of two modules, you deepen your understanding of learners, cultures of learning, academic discourse and student transition through UK academia. You look in-depth at a range of issues in EAP including learner autonomy, specific-disciplines, argumentation and critical thinking.

On the second of the modules, you take aspects of your own classroom practice and explore and critically evaluate them using current methodology and applied research. By researching a significant aspect of your own teaching you gain a deep understanding of EAP pedagogy.

The scholarship and research skills you gain will allow you to improve the learning experiences of your students and influence the practice of your institution.

The TESOL Centre has thirty years of delivering postgraduate courses to working teachers. We have an established reputation for providing e-teacher education courses and today use Blackboard, a virtual learning environment.

Flexible and dynamic learning online enables you to fit your study around your own personal and professional commitments. 

Course structure

Modules

  • Teaching EAP (30 credits)

Deepen your understanding of students' needs in their specific disciplines through the comparison of EAP materials and an analysis of authentic academic discourse. Enhance the effectiveness of the support you give students throughout their transition across educational cultures and contexts as you develop their autonomy and critical thinking.

  • Exploring classroom methodologies and practice (30 credits)

Improve your classroom practice by exploring and critically evaluating current theories of teaching methodology and applied research. Refresh and energise your understanding of the debates within EAP by researching a significant aspect of your own teaching.

Assessment

Meet your learning objectives through

  • writing essays
  • text analysis
  • reflective accounts.

Employability

TESOL Centre graduates are working as language professionals and academic managers in many UK and international educational settings, including global universities, private language centres, colleges and schools.

Many take up roles as teacher educators, teacher managers, materials writers, test developers and language school directors.

In the UK, there were 430,000 non-UK students in 2015/16. Many EFL teachers return to the UK and take jobs teaching this large group of students. Others develop careers teaching academic literacies, writing classes, or study skills to both home and international students.

Recent graduates from the TESOL Centre are working in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Libya, Pakistan, Spain and Italy.



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This programme for experienced TESOL teachers, advisors and teacher trainers focuses on the teaching of English or other languages to children between 5 and 12 years old. Read more

This programme for experienced TESOL teachers, advisors and teacher trainers focuses on the teaching of English or other languages to children between 5 and 12 years old.

You’ll study core modules alongside students on our other TESOL programmes, exploring how people learn languages and the strategies teachers use to develop the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. A specialist module will focus on foreign language learning in children and how theories of learning and pedagogy have contributed to TESOL practice in the classroom.

In addition, you’ll choose from optional modules allowing you to build your knowledge of topics such as the potential for technology in language learning, materials development and TESOL teacher education.

Taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in TESOL, you’ll benefit from a wide range of resources and support. You’ll gain valuable skills to inform your teaching practice in a stimulating, friendly environment.

Research and professional insight

The Language Education team in the School of Education is nationally and internationally recognised for its range of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics.

We’re one of the largest Language Education teams in the UK. As education practitioners, we have a wide range of experience of teaching and teacher education work in many contexts in the UK and around the world, and as researchers, we have a broad range of expertise across the discipline.

Course content

In Semester One you’ll deepen your understanding of the foundations of TESOL – you’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

You’ll then expand your knowledge in Semester Two in more specialist areas. You’ll take a further core module that focuses on the theory and practice of teaching foreign languages to children aged 5-12 – including theories of children’s language learning, activities, key skills, story and theme-based courses, designing tasks and materials and appropriate ways of assessing the progress of young learners.

In addition, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules on topics like the use of technology in language learning, teacher education and learning and teaching vocabulary.

In the final part of the year, you’ll use your newly-acquired knowledge and skills to carry out a small-scale piece of research. Your critical study can be related to your own interests within the field of education. To support your work on the project, you will take a non-assessed research methods course, while help with your academic writing is available throughout the year.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Learning and Teaching in TESOL 30 credits
  • Investigating Language for TESOL 30 credits
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for Young Learners MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages for Young Learners MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll generally have around 8-10 hours of classes per week including seminars, tutorials and lectures. However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, since it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.

Assessment

Most of our taught modules are assessed through written assignments, which you’ll choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you’ll be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand, and we offer other forms of support as well. You’ll also complete a portfolio of work such as materials and activities as part of the module Teaching Languages to Young Learners.

Career opportunities

There is a worldwide trend towards introducing English at earlier stages of national curricula, while parents often seek out private tutoring for their children at even younger ages.

The MA TESOL for Young Learners encourages participants to take a critical perspective on these developments, but also equips them with the skills and understanding to participate more fully in young learner pedagogy in their home or other international contexts.

Recent graduates of the programme for example have become teacher trainers, others have found more rewarding classroom positions, and those who do particularly well are encouraged to consider continuing to doctoral study.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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This programme for professionals already involved in, or interested in learning about TESOL teacher education, introduces you to current thinking about what language teachers need to know and how they can be helped to learn it. Read more

This programme for professionals already involved in, or interested in learning about TESOL teacher education, introduces you to current thinking about what language teachers need to know and how they can be helped to learn it.

You’ll explore how people learn languages and discover the strategies language teachers use to develop the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You’ll build on this foundation through specialist modules, and examine the goals and processes of teacher education and how to support TESOL teachers’ learning.

You’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules such as the use of technology in language learning, materials development and issues surrounding assessment.

Taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in TESOL, you’ll benefit from a wide range of resources and support. You’ll gain valuable skills to support and empower TESOL professionals in their own practice.

Research insight

The Language Education team in the School of Education is one of the largest such teams in the UK.

Our members have experience of teaching, teacher education and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics in many contexts in the UK and around the world, and are nationally and internationally recognised as researchers. 

Course content

You’ll deepen your understanding of TESOL in semester one. You’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

You’ll then focus on aspects of teacher education in semester two. You will consider the goals and processes of teacher education, ideas about training, development and mentoring, the role of the teacher as a researcher, and the principles underpinning the design and implementation of training programmes for TESOL teachers.

In addition, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules on topics such as the use of technology in language learning, grammar and vocabulary teaching, and issues surrounding the assessment of language learning.

You’ll use the knowledge and skills you develop to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within teacher education. To help you develop the necessary research skills for this module, you’ll also take the module Research Methods for TESOL, but this will not be assessed as part of the course.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

Compulsory modules

  • The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning 15 credits
  • Dissertation 60 credits
  • Learning and Teaching in TESOL 30 credits
  • Investigating Language for TESOL 30 credits
  • Teacher Education for TESOL 15 credits

Optional modules

  • Directed Study in Education 1 15 credits
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary 15 credits
  • Introducing a Task-Based Curriculum in Classrooms and Systems 15 credits
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
  • Teaching Academic English 15 credits
  • Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom 15 credits
  • Assessing Language Learning 15 credits
  • Materials Development for TESOL 15 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education) MA Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information on typical modules, read Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education) MA Part Time in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

You’ll generally have around eight to ten hours of classes per week including seminars, tutorials and lectures. However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, as it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.

Assessment

Most of our modules are assessed through written assignments, from which you’ll often be able to choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you’ll be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand.

Career opportunities

MA TESOL Teacher Education graduates have gone on to take up positions as pre and in-service English language teacher educators within universities or local educational administrations in various parts of the world.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.



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