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TESOL is an acronym for both the study and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Read more
TESOL is an acronym for both the study and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL embraces many different aspects of language teaching and learning to include EAL (English as an Additional Language), ESL (English as a Second Language), EFL (English as a Foreign Language) and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a UK-based academic Masters degree that is designed to develop existing professional skills. The programme will engage you in the critical analysis of contemporary discussion and debate surrounding the teaching of languages in both foreign and second language contexts around the world. It is not an English language or teacher training course.

If you are passionate about teaching English to speakers of other languages and want to deepen your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in language learning and education, then this is the programme for you.

What will I study?

The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will expand your understanding of contemporary theory in English language teaching as well as enhancing your professional, practical and reflective skills. The modules are designed to advance your research skills and help you strengthen the links between theoretical perspectives and effective TESOL practice.

You will be able to choose your own focus of study through the combination of compulsory and optional modules. The core modules focus on educational theories in the context of second language learning, important recent research and developments in language teaching, and the needs of the learner within the ESL classroom.

Whilst studying on the programme you may develop a particular interest in areas such as the educational management of TESOL, the key issues faced by both international students and educators of international students, or teaching English as a second/foreign/additional language to young learners or those with specific learning difficulties. You will have the opportunity to specialise in one of these areas by selecting an optional module.

How will I study?

Our teaching methods follow a variety of formats from traditional-style lectures to tutorials, seminars and workshops. Teaching materials are accessible via our virtual learning environment and will include regular formative tasks for you to work through with the help of an assigned academic tutor. You will also engage in individually-directed activities, tailored to your personal and professional interests and needs, in preparation for module assessment.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment is based mainly on a portfolio-building approach. You will also be engaged in writing reflective accounts, projects, essays and an extended research study based on your personal professional interests. You will be given clear assessment criteria and constructive feedback for each piece of work.

Formative assessment opportunities are also embedded in each module, where you will receive individual feedback on in-session tasks and selected drafts of your work.

Who will be teaching me?

The programme is delivered by experienced and well-qualified staff, the majority of whom will have worked in TESOL-related environments. Other tutors will bring TESOL-relevant experience from other education institutions. Many tutors are currently studying for, or have already gained, a PhD and possess strong research profiles, with experience presenting at many conferences nationally and internationally.

What are my career prospects?

You will graduate ready to contribute academically and professionally to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.

The range of professional skills developed through the programme will ensure you are well placed to find employment all over the world, as a teacher, trainer, lecturer, instructor, administrator or director of study within language schools, colleges of further education, universities or organisations such as the British Council. Alternatively, you may wish to consider embarking on MPhil or doctoral research.

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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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MA TESOL is designed to help experienced teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (including teachers of EFL, ESL, EAL and ESP) to further their expertise and/or begin following a specialise pathway in either intercultural studies, teacher education or educational technology. Read more

MA TESOL is designed to help experienced teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (including teachers of EFL, ESL, EAL and ESP) to further their expertise and/or begin following a specialise pathway in either intercultural studies, teacher education or educational technology.

It enables experienced TESOL practitioners to further their careers with regard to:

  • obtaining positions of seniority
  • undertaking new areas of professional activity
  • embedding practice within a research dimension
  • contributing to the professional development of other teachers
  • acting 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.

Applications from both native- and non-native-English-speaking teachers are welcome.

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.

Course unit details

The MA TESOL course consists of compulsory course units covering approaches, methods and techniques in TESOL, language learning and technology and developing researcher competence.

Other course units cover topics such as: psychology of language learning; explorations in language; language education as intercultural practice; and the education of language teachers. You can also select from the MA Digital Technology and Communication in Educational course units if you have a specific interest in educational technology. 

MA TESOL Pathways

The pathways are specialisations in a recognised area of TESOL, and result in the following named degrees:

  • MA TESOL (Intercultural Education )
  • MA TESOL (Teacher Education)
  • MA TESOL (Educational Technology)

Pathway students must complete a 15 credit core course unit in the named, specialist area; focus on their specialism and relevant research methods in the 30 credit unit EDUC70100/2 Developing Researcher Competence; and complete a 60 credit dissertation with a focus on their specialist area.

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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The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is ideal for those with no or very little prior English language teaching experience (less than two years) who wish to become an English language teacher to speakers of other languages. Read more
The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is ideal for those with no or very little prior English language teaching experience (less than two years) who wish to become an English language teacher to speakers of other languages.

[Why choose this course?]]

It is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base required to excel as an English language teaching professional in a global environment.

The course has a very practical focus. You'll have the opportunity to take a one-year module on practical teaching. You will be involved in demonstrating a range of teaching methods in practical sessions, designing teaching materials, planning lessons and tests.

Special features

Our teaching methods encourage active participation in group work, discussion and exchange of ideas, with the aim of developing students' critical and analytical skills. We very much value the range of perspectives that students from different socio-cultural contexts bring to teaching and learning.

The profile of course participants is very international, including most recently Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland and the UK.

Our teaching staff are experts in their field of English Language Teaching, with many having taught English abroad.

We offer a high level of in-sessional support designed specifically around the needs of students, both in classes and on an individual basis. We provide one-to-one help with assignment and dissertation writing and are always happy to make appointments with students who want to talk privately about their work and progress.

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This course is ideal for practising ELT/EFL/TESOL teachers who wish to continue developing their careers by taking on leadership and management roles. Read more

Why take this course?

This course is ideal for practising ELT/EFL/TESOL teachers who wish to continue developing their careers by taking on leadership and management roles. The course is also ideal for language school managers/directors in different parts of the world. As well as thoroughly reviewing developments in the fields of TESOL and Management, this flexible course develops expertise in areas of personal professional interest. Overall, it offers a way to extend your knowledge and understanding of leadership, management, language learning and teaching, as it develops the skills and attitudes that will help you work successfully in a fast-developing global society.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Gain an understanding of how theory underpins effective practice, and how this will support you in developing your professional identity.
Develop the entrepreneurial mind-set that will prepare you to succeed in educational management.
Understand the needs of learners in their educational contexts.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates will be able to progress to management and leadership jobs in higher and language school education in own country or elsewhere, or continue on to doctoral research in teaching, management and related fields. Possession of a Master's qualification in this area is often viewed as a requirement for promotion to a more responsible position in either the private or public sectors. Other possibilities include diversifying into a career in areas such as teacher education or external assessment.

Module Details

Core subjects:

Leadership, Policy and Strategy: The Management of Educational Change
Theory and Practice of TESOL
Dissertation
Options:

Management of People and Marketing in Public Organisations
Management of Resources, Finance and Information Systems
Theory and Practice of Applied Linguistics
World Englishes
Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research
Managing and Supervising Teachers

Programme Assessment

Typically each taught unit runs for twelve weeks and has the equivalent of four hours of teaching per week. Teaching takes place online in our virtual learning environment, where groups of students 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 management and leadership jobs in higher and language school 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 in this area is often viewed as a requirement for promotion to a more responsible position in either the private or public sectors. Other possibilities include diversifying into a career in areas such as teacher education or external assessment.

For postgraduate students who feel they would benefit from the help, considerable support is provided students at Portsmouth in career planning through our careers and recruitment service, Purple Door. Postgraduate students and alumni are offered an online service of one-to-one appointments with a careers adviser; advice is tailored to needs.

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This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Read more
This programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop both a scholarly and practical understanding of the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is suitable for language teachers, teacher trainers, educational materials writers and test designers who wish to further develop their range of professional skills and knowledge.

The programme will help you:

• gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, concepts and theories, and practices in the field of English language teaching
• acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language and texts in the contexts in which they are used
• explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
• develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
• engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences
• appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
• foster the ability to conduct academic research

CORE MODULES

LINGUISTICS FOR LANGUAGE TEACHERS
METHODS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
PRINCIPLES OF COURSE AND MATERIAL DESIGN
SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
SPEAKING AND LISTENING RESEARCH METHODS

ELECTIVE MODULES

DISCOURSE ANALYSIS
LEXIS AND VOCABULARY
TEACHING ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES

What are my career prospects?

Graduates may pursue a career or enhance their prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought-after by educational institutions. The programme will facilitate the professional development of those candidates who are considering a career in publishing, materials development and management.
The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research competently at the level of the MPhil, MRes, EdD and PhD.

Part-time study option also available.

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This programme is designed for people who are already English language teachers and want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. Read more
This programme is designed for people who are already English language teachers and want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. The programme will develop your understanding of both classroom practice and key areas of research that inform practice. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching.

The programme has a number of unique features. One of them is its focus on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching. Another unique feature of the programme is that students from all over the world have the opportunity to share their experiences with locally based teachers, thus gaining insight into a range of language teaching contexts in the UK, including the state education system. In addition, you will be studying alongside students on the MA Language Teaching programme, thus benefiting from an exchange of experiences and perspectives with teachers of languages other than English. The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between 2 dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a topic of your choice.

The MA TESOL will enhance your career prospects in a number of ways. If you are an experienced teacher it will help you to progress to a more senior or specialised position in language teaching, such as a senior teacher, director of studies, teacher trainer, consultant or materials developer. An MA TESOL is an essential qualification for those who wish to teach English at university level, whether for general or more specific purposes. For those with less teaching experience, an MA TESOL will give you a competitive early career advantage as you gain more experience in teaching posts.

As an MA TESOL student, you will join a vibrant and diverse community supported by the Birkbeck College Applied Linguistics Society, which is student run. An annual Postgraduate Student Research Conference is organised by the Society every summer. In addition, the Research Centre for Multilingualism and Multiculturalism hosts a lecture series given by international visiting scholars. Birkbeck also actively collaborates with the larger community of applied linguists throughout University of London colleges, including the Institute of Education (IoE), the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University College London (UCL), which are all next door to Birkbeck in Bloomsbury, while King’s College London (KCL) is a short walk away.

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The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor degree who wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession. Read more

The MA TESOL is suitable for all with a bachelor degree who wish to pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching, or working in a related profession.

The MA TESOL will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study. You will meet expert tutors in the field of English language teaching (ELT), a major branch of applied linguistics, who have international reputations in their own area of research, and who are committed to providing the best quality study experience. The course is co-taught with highly experienced colleagues in the Centre for English Language Education, one of the largest English language teaching operations in the world.

Advantages of studying the MA TESOL at the University of Nottingham

  • whole course taught in English, with the aim to widen your international horizons. 
  • teaching informed by leading-edge research in the field.
  • internationally reputable and approachable tutors who are practicing language teachers and researchers
  • solid foundation in core areas of TESOL theory and practice
  • elective modules which reflect the latest in applied linguistics and language teacher education
  • stylish, modern, hi-tech learning environment in an internationally reputable university
  • lively, multi-cultural social environment 

The programme will help you:

  • gain an advanced critical understanding of key issues, theories and practices in the field of English language teaching
  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of language in context
  • explore the implications of language analysis for teaching purposes
  • develop understanding of current methodology as it is embodied in classroom practice
  • engage with theories underlying current views on language learning, including the importance of individual differences amongst learners in their abilities and learning preferences
  • appreciate and view critically the connections between theory and practice in the field of English language teaching
  • foster the ability to conduct academic research.

Course content

Core Modules

  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL (download reading list)
  • Developments in Language Teaching Methodology (download reading list)
  • The Language Learner and Language Learning (download reading list)
  • Dissertation

*Core Modules are compulsory for all taking the 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time courses

Elective Modules

  • TESOL Observation and Practicum (compulsory for those without real classroom teaching experience)
  • English for Academic and Specific Purposes (EAP and ESP)
  • Research Methods for Language Teachers
  • Enhancing Language Learning with Digital Technologies
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Teaching Language and Literature
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Corpus Linguistics

*There are Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

Assessment

Each 20-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words (or equivalent). To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment. For award of the MA, you must also complete a 60-credit dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) on an approved topic.

Careers

Graduates may pursue TESOL as a new career or enhance their current prospects in the field of English language teaching. In China, a postgraduate qualification in TESOL is increasingly sought- after by educational institutions. The programme will also equip those interested in pursuing an academic career in the field of English language teaching and applied linguistics by preparing them to conduct research at EdD and PhD level.

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options, invite you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.  



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The MA TESOL with ICT is one of a limited number of courses in the UK that allow language teachers to explore in depth the role of media in the teaching and learning of languages, combining academic study with the design and development of materials. . Read more

The MA TESOL with ICT is one of a limited number of courses in the UK that allow language teachers to explore in depth the role of media in the teaching and learning of languages, combining academic study with the design and development of materials. 

The course is designed for professionals who already have experience of second language teaching, either in the UK or abroad. The course encourages you to locate your enquiries in your own professional context, so you can apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge directly.

There is an extensive range of digital media capture and editing equipment in our own dedicated computer pool. Typical areas for investigation include print, audio, audiovisual, interactive multimedia, podcasting, e-learning, social software such as blogs and wikis, interactive whiteboards, and mobile devices.

Our graduates have gone on to successful positions, not only in second language teaching, but also in the development and evaluation of language teaching materials, for example, as project managers, materials authors, self-access managers and teachers trainers in the area of blended learning.

Why study with us

  • All learning is supported by digital resources and a superb online library provision
  • The course will develop you professionally and enhance your employability
  • Your course tutors are extremely experienced in English language teaching, teacher education and the use of digital media for language teaching
  • You will have systematic support for academic writing and study skill
  • You will have the option to add on a teaching assessment module to gain a Diploma-level qualification (TEFLQ)
  • You may be coming to the MA after completing our Diploma in TESOL. Graduates from this course (or any equivalent) will be offered credit to set against study for the MA TESOL with ICT, saving you time and money

Course structure

The MA TESOL with ICT provides a supportive, stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Delivered flexibly – the full-time course structure is taken over one year but you can also follow the course part-time up to six years. Studying part-time means that you can take the optional modules in any order, however, you will always undertake Research Methods and Dissertation last.

The MA is based on the idea that theory, practice and research in the field of teaching, learning and media are inextricably linked. All modules relate theories and research to professional problems, including both general issues and the individual professional issues of our students. There are two pathways offered – pathway one is for those with no or little experience in teaching and pathway two is for those who have at least two years of experience. Each of the pathways offered has two core modules and the choice of three optional modules. Whichever pathway you take, you will always undertake Research Methods and the Dissertation.

Research Methods

This prepares you for research into second language teaching and learning and supports your dissertation. It enables you to form a research question or questions relevant to your MA, justify a methodological approach, select research methods and be able to analyse data. You are encouraged to focus on real-life professional problems relevant to your own context, and so develop expertise and specialist knowledge which supports your career development. It is assessed through a data-gathering project and a proposal for the dissertation.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a 15,000 piece of work. It is the culmination of your MA experience and is based on independent research. It is self-managed, but you have a great deal of support from your supervisor. If you are completing the course in one year, you will start your research in May and complete your dissertation over the summer.

Careers and employability

The TESOL with ICT MA equips language teachers for roles of responsibility and creativity in managing the use of educational technologies to support language teaching and learning, developing language learning materials, designing courses, and educating language teachers. 

Graduates have gone on to successful positions as project managers, materials authors and developers, self-access centre managers and teacher trainers. A high proportion work in universities both in the UK and around the world, for example as a senior lecturer in e-learning and ICT, a senior lecturer in media, and a curriculum and education development manager.

Students have also gone on to work in companies that produce or deliver language learning materials or instruction. They include the co-founder of a successful electronic publishing house, a principal developer in the UK's leading e-learning company, and a manager of educational technologies in British Council schools.



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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 MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme offers those beginning a teaching career in English Language an opportunity to develop their essential teaching skills and professional knowledge. Read more
The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme offers those beginning a teaching career in English Language an opportunity to develop their essential teaching skills and professional knowledge.

The MA TESOL is a rigorous qualification which provides you with strong all-round skills development and up-to-date subject knowledge. The course is highly valued by educational employers and will help to raise your profile when seeking to launch or advance your career as a language teaching professional.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide to our students. You will be supported by a personal tutor who, where possible, will remain with you throughout the programme, and you will also have access to the full range of university support services.

Programme Aims

The aim of MA TESOL is to:

• provide you with the basic practical skills you need to enter a language classroom with confidence
• enhance your subject knowledge about the English Language
• develop your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels, in different cultural and institutional contexts
• provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding of professional issues relating to language teaching and learning

Participating in the learning activities and accessing the academic support services available to University of Leicester students will also help you develop your fluency and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

• On campus-teaching is seminar-based, with tutorial support.
• Assessment is through essays and some tests and project work.
• You will be encouraged to develop your transferable skills, including IT and oral presentation

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The MA TESOL is designed to help you develop professionally as an English language teacher in the global ELT context. It is suitable for whichever stage of career you find yourself. Read more

The MA TESOL is designed to help you develop professionally as an English language teacher in the global ELT context. It is suitable for whichever stage of career you find yourself. A flexible structure means that you can choose to follow your interests, whether they be digital resources, becoming a teacher trainer, or the development of materials and resources.

Different pathways within TESOL will provide development opportunities for you whether you are an experienced language teacher or at the beginning your career – helping enhance your employability.

On the course you will apply theory to practice through the experience of teaching, observation and reflection. All learning is supported by digital resources and a superb online library provision, as well as systematic support for academic writing and study skills. Our course tutors are extremely experienced in English language teaching, teacher education and the use of digital media for language teaching. 

You will have the option to add on a teaching assessment module to gain an initial TEFL qualification (TEFLi) or a Diploma-level qualification (TEFLQ), depending on the amount of teaching experience you have.

You may be coming to the MA after completing our Diploma in TESOL. Graduates from this course (or any equivalent) will be offered credit to set against study for the MA TESOL, saving you time and money.

Course structure

The course provides a supportive, stimulating and culturally diverse environment. Delivered flexibly – the full-time course structure is taken over one year but you can also follow the course part-time up to six years. Studying part-time means that you can take the optional modules in any order, however, you will always undertake Research Methods and Dissertation last.

There are two pathways offered – pathway one is for those with no or little experience in teaching and pathway two is for those who have at least two years of experience. Each of the pathways offered has two core modules and the choice of three optional modules. Whichever pathway you take, you will always undertake Research Methods and the Dissertation.

Research Methods

This prepares you for research into second language teaching and learning and supports your dissertation. It enables you to form a research question or questions relevant to your MA, justify a methodological approach, select research methods and be able to analyse data. You are encouraged to focus on real-life professional problems relevant to your own context, and so develop expertise and specialist knowledge which supports your career development. It is assessed through a data-gathering project and a proposal for the dissertation.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a 15,000 piece of work. It is the culmination of your MA experience and is based on independent research. It is self-managed, but you have a great deal of support from your supervisor. If you are completing the course in one year, you will start your research in May and complete your dissertation over the summer.

Careers and employability

Graduating with a TESOL MA from the University of Brighton will open up opportunities across the world in the field of English language teaching. Equipped with relevant research skills and advanced knowledge about secondary language learning, you will have all of the relevant training you need to begin your career.

Our graduates have gone on to successful positions not only in second language teaching in schools and universities but also in educational management, educational marketing, teacher training, materials development and publishing, as well as further academic study.

You can find more information – including job opportunities – at careers.tesol.org.



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Our MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable. Read more
Our MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable.

You will:
• develop your teaching expertise and an understanding of many approaches to teaching English as a foreign, second or other language
• become familiar with a wide range of literature about the field of teaching English
• develop an ability to present an argument in an academic context
• learn how to carry out research related to many aspects of TESOL

Visit the website: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/courses/postgraduate/tesol.aspx

Course detail

The course offers:
• a taught first stage, the Postgraduate Diploma TESOL
• a second dissertation stage with an individual tutor
• a chance to exchange views about TESOL with international colleagues on ‘experience’ and ‘non- experience’ routes
• a substantial core of modules and a variety of Elective modules
• if you have appropriate qualifications, the chance to obtain TEFL Q status on the Teaching Practice module
• an excellent combination of theory and practice

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma has two stages:
• Postgraduate Diploma
• MA dissertation (15,000-18,000 words)

Both stages can be completed in 12 months. Part- time students complete the Postgraduate Diploma in two years (taking 60 credits each year) and have 12 months to complete the MA dissertation.

Suitability

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a professional development qualification designed for practising teachers of English as a foreign or second language from all parts of the world – the ‘experience’ route.

It is also designed for graduates who wish to begin a career in English language teaching – the ‘non- experience’ route.

It allows both graduates and teachers to develop and further their professional competence alongside an understanding of the theoretical implications of the practice of ELT.

Content

Compulsory core modules (20 credits)
• ELT Methodology and Classroom Investigation
• Language Systems and Appropriate Methodology
• Second Language Learning
• Course Design and Assessment (10 credits)
• Research in TESOL
• Teaching Practice or Practical Project ('experience' route)
• Fundamentals in English Language Teaching ('non- experience') route

Elective modules (10 credits)
Elective modules depend on student demand:
• Young Learners
• Content and Language Integrated Learning
• Cultural Issues in Language Learning and Teaching
• Literature in the English Language Classroom
• Drama in ELT l Language in Use
• Teacher Education
• Using Technology in the ELT Classroom
• Materials and Task Design

Format

Teaching is delivered through lectures, seminars, group work, practical work related to teaching, and guided independent study. Input sessions are generally organised to make the most of the variety of backgrounds and teaching contexts that students bring to the programme, and all are encouraged to share experience and insights.

The programme is in two stages: Stage 1 consists of six taught modules (ELT Methodology & Classroom Investigation, Language Systems & Appropriate Pedagogy, Second Language Learning and Reseach Methods in ELT – each with thirty hours of contact time – and Course Design, Assessment and an Elective module – each with fifteen hours) plus either Fundamentals of ELT - a 40-hour taught module for students on the non-experience route - or Teaching Practice or Practical Project, in which students work independently, with regular meetings and the guidance from an individual supervisor. Successful completion of Stage 1 results in a Postgraduate Diploma.

In Stage 2, students are assigned an individual supervisor and produce a 15-18,000-word dissertation on a subject of particular personal interest. Successful completion results in award of an MA.Teaching staff, including a Professor and Senior and Principal Lecturers in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics, are all widely experienced professionals in the world of ELT, with backgrounds in teaching, teacher training, course design, assessment and ELT management, and a variety of published work and specialist areas of research and interest.

Assessment

Essays, reports, portfolios, practical teaching and an oral presentation, as well as a 15,000­-18,000 word dissertation (for the MA).

What can I do next?

The skills and attributes you acquire will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable.

For example:
• in primary, secondary or tertiary school management abroad
• as Directors of Studies or Academic Directors in local and national English language schools
• in Departments of Ministries of Education, such as curriculum and syllabus design, materials writing and assessment
• teacher training
• TESOL publishing
• examinations writing
• academic teaching and research posts in TESOL

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/how-to-apply/how-to-apply.aspx

Funding

-Masters Loans-

From 2016/17 government loans of up to £10,000 are available for postgraduate Masters study. The loans will be paid directly to students by the Student Loans Company and will be subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

For more information available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/funding-your-postgraduate-degree.aspx

-2017/18 Entry Financial Support-

Information on alternative funding sources is available here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/funding-your-degree/2017-18-entry-financial-support.aspx

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The MA TESOL is studied full-time at our Sheffield campus. Whether you are in the early stages of your language teaching career or an experienced language teacher, you study as part of the TESOL Centre's community of expert teachers, teacher trainers, and language learners. Read more

The MA TESOL is studied full-time at our Sheffield campus. Whether you are in the early stages of your language teaching career or an experienced language teacher, you study as part of the TESOL Centre's community of expert teachers, teacher trainers, and language learners. You work with specialist advisers for your assignments and boost your use of language in English language classes.

During your time in the UK, you

  • have the opportunity to take the Trinity College Cert in TESOL an internationally-recognised initial teaching qualification which includes 6 hours of supervised teaching practice
  • develop and enhance your understanding of language, language learners and language learning research
  • reflect on your previous language learning, share the experiences of others and develop techniques to improve the learning of your own students
  • critique and develop your classroom practice, syllabus design, lesson planning, teaching materials, and tests
  • experience the ways that a critical and reflective approach to your own teaching practice improves your skills
  • develop your academic language
  • boost your skills, knowledge and confidence to shape and achieve your future teaching career
  • prepare for future job applications with your employer-friendly professional development portfolio
  • become a part of a caring and progressive community of language teaching professionals

While in Sheffield, you experience a wide range of teaching activities: interactive workshops, guided observations, collaborative lesson planning, teaching with classmates, individual tutorials, discussion forums, video lectures, guided reading, and participation in lectures.

You can also attend English for Academic Purposes sessions, delivered in our British Council-accredited TESOL Centre throughout the course. You will experience current approaches to language teaching while learning the skills needed to succeed on the course in your dedicated MA TESOL group.

Your employability as an English language professional is key to the thinking behind the course, which has been designed in dialogue with international English language teaching professional competencies frameworks.

Scholarships may be available to support your studies. Find out more information about the Sheffield Hallam Transform Together Scholarships or financial support available from the British Council.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Second language learning
  • English language teaching methodologies
  • Analysing language
  • Developing as an English language teacher
  • Research project

Assessment

Meet your learning objectives through

  • writing essays
  • questionnaires
  • text analysis
  • reflective accounts
  • lesson plans
  • presentations
  • research proposal and the dissertation.

Employability

The British Council estimate that by 2020 there will be 1.9 billion people learning English. They all profit from good language teaching programmes. Our graduates are working as language professionals and academic managers in a variety of UK and international educational settings, including global universities, private language centres, international language schools, colleges, primary and high schools.

Many take up senior roles include teacher educators, teacher managers, materials writers, test developers and language school directors. Some travel the world, others return to their home education system with an international education and impressive language and research skills.

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



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The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008). Read more
The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions, ranked ninth nationally for research excellence following the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008).

Our International Academy has over 30 years experience of working with international students and teachers of English.

We have designed our MA TESOL to give both native and non-native speakers some teaching experience at high school level and above. We enable you to update and extend your knowledge of current concepts and theories relating to TESOL methodology and practice. We place emphasis on the practical application of the theoretical bases of TESOL to classroom practice within an expanding global teaching environment. In order to reflect the link between theory and practice, micro-teaching, collaborative classroom observation and small-scale research form part of your assessment.

Our MA TESOL will be particularly attractive if you are a teacher who is unable to leave employment for a full year, as each component can be considered as a complete course. Credits awarded at each exit point can be accumulated and transferred to the next stage, so you can build up sufficient credits to progress through the different levels, from 60 credits (Postgraduate Certificate), to 120 credits (Postgraduate Diploma) and 180 credits (Masters). Our assessment includes a 12,000-word supervised dissertation based on original TESOL related research. Delivery is flexible, so you can study full-time for one year or part-time over two years, and we also offer modular study, which allows you to complete our course within a maximum of six years.

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