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).
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
This is a professionally-oriented higher degree for those who intend to follow a career in English Language Teaching (ELT) and teachers who wish to extend and develop their knowledge of teaching English language learners.
The programme enables participants to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to devise and teach effective English language courses, in addition to equipping students with the essential research and analytical skills to keep up with the rapid developments in the field.
One of the key features of the MSc TESOL is the emphasis on learning through interaction; much of the course is organised around class-based data.
◦As a prestigious Russell Group University, Queen’s is ranked 8th within the UK in relation to research intensity;
◦Education at Queen’s has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity with 87% of the research undertaken within the School assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REF, 2014);
◦We provide high quality teaching delivered through face-to-face communication;
◦Supportive academic tutors and staff;
◦Graduates have found the programme very beneficial in gaining employment;
◦If you don’t want or need to study for the research dissertation, flexible exit qualifications (PG Diploma, PG Certificate) are available and individual course modules can also be taken as short courses.
The MSc in TESOL is awarded to students who have successfully completed 180 CATS points (including 60 CATS points from a Master's dissertation).
Exit qualifications are available. Students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
Core Modules include (all 20 CATS):
This introductory research methods module is compulsory for all Masters students in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and assumes no previous experience or knowledge of research methods. The aim of the module is to provide a general research overview and to contextualize the broad range of approaches and debates that are evident within contemporary educational research.
This module will consider the different systems and skills of the English language (phonology, grammar, lexis, discourse, speaking, listening, reading and writing) and equip course participants with the skills needed to analyse language for teaching purposes. The module will place emphasis on the use of pedagogic grammars and adopt a systemic/ functional approach to grammar. Particular attention will be given to the study of spoken and written discourse.
This module will provide an overview of the key theories associated with language learning and language acquisition in the formal context of the classroom. It will offer module participants an opportunity to assess different approaches to the support of learning in a range of TESOL contexts.
This module will examine the notion of ‘context’ in relation to the teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Beginning with the classroom as context, participants will have an opportunity to develop their own interactional awareness as a means of promoting learning opportunity. The module will then consider the broader notion of ELT contexts in relation to the cultural politics of English as an international language and assess the impact that different contexts has on approaches to teaching and learning, assessment and the design and use of curricula and teaching materials.
This module will consider the principles and practices of ELT methodology and trace developments over the past 20 years. From the advent of ‘the communicative approach’ to the current ‘post-method’ era, the course will examine a range of pedagogical issues and evaluate their impact on current classroom practice.
One optional module may be chosen from those offered on the Educational Studies (MEd) programme including the following:
This module explores a number of issues in assessment including the relationship between assessment and learning and the impact of assessment and testing on learning. It provides an overview of key assessment concepts of validity and reliability and considers various models of assessment practice. This module examines the notion of language proficiency for TESOL and current methods and practices in second language classroom-based assessment.
*Students cannot take Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms if taking this module.
The aim of this module is to examine theories of understanding and researching digital literacy. The module begins from a social practice view of literacy, which is then used as a lens to critically examine digital literacy in contemporary society, digital media in education and learning, and TESOL. Course participants will also examine methodologies that have been applied to researching language and literacy in digital environments. The module equips course participants with the skills needed to practically examine and analyse digital literacy in the lives of people, in institutions, and in wider society.
There are no written examinations. Modules are assessed through written assignments, including case studies, language analysis and coursebook evaluations.