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

Course overview

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

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

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

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

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

Course content

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

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

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

Modules may vary from year to year.

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

Teaching and assessment

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

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

Facilities & location

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

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

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

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

Employment & careers

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

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

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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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Study your specialist subject in detail and take the opportunity to contribute to the world's knowledge in that area. Enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities and learn to create and assess new ideas. Read more

Study your specialist subject in detail and take the opportunity to contribute to the world's knowledge in that area. Enhance your critical thinking, communication and problem-solving abilities and learn to create and assess new ideas.

Working alongside some of New Zealand’s leading academic staff, you'll complete a research thesis of up to 40,000 words and emerge as an expert in your subject with highly developed research skills.

Victoria's MA is offered in more than 40 subjects. Most programmes are by thesis only but some include coursework and require a shorter thesis, and others you can complete doing mainly coursework and a research project.

A Master of Arts will give your career prospects a boost and open doors to new opportunities. Be a leader in a humanities or social science field and help make New Zealand a better place.

Available subjects

Duration

If you are doing an MA by thesis you'll normally need to complete it within 12 months, or two years if you're studying part time.

If you are doing your MA by coursework and thesis you'll normally be able to complete your degree within 12 months, but you can take up to one year and six months. Part-time students can take up to four years to complete this MA.

Workload

If you are studying full time you can expect a workload of a minimum of 30 hours a week for much of the year. If you can't commit this many hours you should enrol as a part-time student.



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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.

About this degree

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

  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Discourse, Society and Culture
  • English in Diverse World Contexts
  • Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural Contexts
  • Language and Identity
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Materials Development for Language Teaching
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education and Development in Asia
  • Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
  • Internet Cultures: Theory and Practice
  • Language Development
  • Learning and Teaching with Technologies
  • Literacy Development
  • Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy
  • Technology and Education Beyond the Classroom
  • Theoretical Foundations of Educational Ideas

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

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.

Recent 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, 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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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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The Diploma in TESOL at the University of Brighton is a postgraduate professional qualification for experienced English language teachers wanting to develop their practice and understanding of English Language Teaching (ELT). Read more

The Diploma in TESOL at the University of Brighton is a postgraduate professional qualification for experienced English language teachers wanting to develop their practice and understanding of English Language Teaching (ELT).

The Diploma combines assessed teaching practice with academic study into aspects of language teaching and learning such as ELT methodology, use of technologies, materials, language analysis and exploration and second language acquisition. 

A key component of the Diploma in TESOL is the development of teaching practitioners’ reflective ability. Our aim is to help teachers deepen their understanding about their own professional practice and this is integrated throughout the course.

Why study with us?

  • The course provides professional developmental opportunities for experienced English Language teachers.
  • Reflection lies at the heart of our course to enable you to develop your professional skills and subject knowledge
  • You will have continued opportunities to apply theory to practice through teaching, observation and reflection
  • A chance to apply the course to your own professional context and experience, and personalise it according to your needs
  • Successful completion of the course enhances your employability (TEFLQ) and is equivalent to other ELT Diplomas such as the DELTA or Trinity Dip TESOL
  • All course tutors are supportive and highly experienced in ELT and teacher education
  • Students are from a range of cultural and teaching backgrounds – a variety that adds depth to seminar discussions
  • Shared modules with the TESOL MA allows you to add up to 60 credits towards the masters programme, saving you time and money

Course structure

The TESOL Diploma is designed around the needs of working teachers. Taught classes run on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm, and you book teaching observations to take place when and where it suits your professional circumstances.

The course is comprised of six modules, which relate theories and research to professional contexts. Assessments are varied and most encourage the development of reflective practice, which plays a key part in professional development. This reflection is assessed in the form of a reflective blog that documents your teaching assessments, peer observations and reactions to and thoughts about issues relating to your experiences on the course, in your professional context and from your reading.

The Diploma in TESOL is validated by the University of Brighton and has the appropriate amount of assessed teaching practice and input hours set by British Council guidelines. The course is therefore equivalent to other ELT Diplomas such as the Cambridge DELTA or Trinity DipTESOL.

Areas of study

ELT Methodology – Approaches and Methods – this module informs you of a range of developments in English language teaching methodology and extends your repertoire of teaching skills. It also familiarises you with a range of ELT resources for different contexts and enables you to approach a variety of teaching contexts reflectively. The module is assessed by a portfolio comprising of – a longer reflective essay, where you can relate an issue from the module to your practice, and a presentation that you will give in class. There will also be formative (non-assessed) work to give you practice and experience at producing work at this level.

Language Awareness – this module develops an awareness of language systems. It helps you to critically evaluate analytical and classificatory frameworks of English grammar and pronunciation and to analyse the organisation of discourse in English. The modules is assessed by a three-hour exam.

Second Language Acquisition – this module explores research on second language acquisition (SLA), from the analysis of learner language to current cognitive and sociocultural models. An important focus is the consideration of the implications of SLA research for English language teaching. The module is assessed by a 4,000-word essay that applies SLA research to a professional context.

LT Materials – this module focuses on the role, use and development of materials in the language classroom. It explores the evaluation and design of materials as well as the use of new technologies. The module is continually assessed via your own reflective blog.

Professional Teaching Practice – this module allows you to demonstrate how you are applying new ideas to the English language classroom. You are assessed five times during the course at times and dates that best suit you (where assessor availability allows). Your classes need to demonstrate a variety of levels, content and approaches across the observations.

Teaching and Reflection – this is the most important module, allowing you to gain practical experience teaching English as a second language. Your classes need to demonstrate a variety of levels, content and approaches, as you are assessed in your place of work five times over the duration of the course. From the five assessments, the top four make up your final module grade. Observations are recorded so you can look at your own practice and develop reflective skills and self-awareness. Even students who were at first apprehensive have responded very positively to this experience.

Reflective Teaching Development – in addition, you are required to document your learning and developments through a reflective blog. This blog will contain reflections on your assessed teaching, peer observations and at least five ‘critical incidents’ that have made you question aspects of your own practice or the ELT context in general.

There will be ongoing support and tasks throughout the academic year to enable you to develop reflective skills. There will be ongoing support and tasks throughout the academic year to enable you to develop reflective skills.

From the six assessments, the top four make up your final module grade. Observations are recorded so you can look at your own practice and develop reflective skills and self-awareness. Even students who were at first apprehensive have responded very positively to this experience.

Careers and employability

The Diploma in TESOL at the University of Brighton is recognised as being equivalent to other similar Diplomas (DELTA, Trinity DipTESOL) as it has the required amount of teaching assessments and course content. As such, it equips language teachers with the skills needed to develop professionally within a wide range of ELT contexts.

Some students have progressed to further study through our TESOL MA.



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

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

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

Why choose this course?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching and learning

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

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

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

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

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

How this course helps you develop

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

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

Careers

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

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

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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

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

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) or TEFL provides varied and rich career opportunities, either abroad or in the UK working with bilingual learners from varied cultural backgrounds. Read more
Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) or TEFL provides varied and rich career opportunities, either abroad or in the UK working with bilingual learners from varied cultural backgrounds.

The MA TESOL course is for you if you have some experience of English language teaching or training, and are seeking the opportunity to reflect on your practice and further develop it in the light of theories and recent research.

The emphasis throughout the TESOL course is on applying theory to practice and preparation for more senior responsibilities, such as curriculum and materials design. You will have the opportunity to observe and teach various language classes during the course and study alongside a range of professionals from the UK and overseas.

At the University of South Wales you will have flexibility in your assessment, which enables you to explore areas of particular interest to you or your current work context.

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages combines examination of research and theory with a very practical approach to managing and delivering effective English language instruction. It provides students with the opportunity to critically examine practice and to become up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.

You will have the chance to observe and teach language classes within the University and focus on practicalities of designing a course and developing your skills as a materials writer.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1239-ma-teaching-english-to-speakers-of-other-languages-tesol

What you study

In common with all the MA Education pathways you will take the core module Research Methodology. In addition, you will study the following specialist modules:

- TESOL: Theory in Practice - This module concentrates on the theory related to language acquisition and approaches to teaching learning a second language and how these influence teaching

- TESOL: Curriculum Design and Evaluation - This module explores issues such as curriculum planning, design and management, needs analysis and assessment and focusing on English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes.

- TESOL: Materials Design and Evaluation - The main skill of a language teacher is choosing and designing affective materials and tasks to support learning. The central focus is on materials selection and design for specific teaching contexts, assessing the current approaches to materials and the ways in which they can be adapted and improved for particular target groups and teaching methods.

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules).

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

Part-time students normally take two specialist modules in year one, and a third one plus research methodology in year two. This is followed by a dissertation.

Full-time students take three specialist modules and research methodology over the course of one academic year and then go on to complete the dissertation. You can take modules from other MA Education pathways, such as special educational needs if appropriate.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed through coursework, including action research, practical planning tasks, written assignments and presentations.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement within TESOL either working abroad or in the UK. Within TESOL, it is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

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The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed primarily for language graduates, or those with either a teaching qualification or experience. Read more

The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed primarily for language graduates, or those with either a teaching qualification or experience. It is ideal if you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, and to explore new developments in language teaching and the use of technology in the classroom.

Key features include the theory, research and practical aspects of language teaching through observation, reflection and practice. The MA in TESOL at Hull is unusual in that we include a practical teaching component, with observed classroom practice an integral part of the course. As such, newcomers to teaching and experienced classroom practitioners alike can explore the role of a language teacher in the modern world.

You will be able to explore innovative language learning and teaching, using a range of technologies in the classroom and online. Our Language Learning Centre hosts a wealth of material on campus, including a library of audio and visual resources and teaching rooms equipped with the latest technology.

You will have the opportunity to combine TESOL with Translation Studies, either with the emphasis on TESOL or Translation Studies, selecting modules from each programme.

You can develop advanced academic English language skills and research techniques in the dissertation module seminar series.

Study information

The central themes of the programme engage with theoretical and practical teaching issues. You follow introductory modules in Semester 1. In Semester 2, you have the opportunity to enhance your practical teaching skills and look at innovative approaches to teaching, building on theoretical expertise developed in the first semester. In Semester 3, you undertake a 15,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

  • Second Language Acquisition (Semester 1)
  • Systems of the English Language (Semester 1)
  • Approaches to English Language and Teaching (Semester 2)
  • Dissertation (Semester 3)
  • Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes (core for overseas applicants who do not have 7.0 IELTS)

Optional modules

Optional modules cover: EFL/ESOL exams and testing; lexical approaches in language learning; new technologies in language learning/teaching; and teaching English for specific purposes.

Assessment

The primary methods are by essays and continuous assessment, followed by a 15,000-word dissertation for the Masters stage of the programme.

MA in TESOL with Translation Studies

If you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, but would like the added employability from understanding translation theories and practice, the MA in TESOL with Translation Studies offers a distinct pathway.

This combined course enables you to study modules in line with your future career. You will major in and study the same core modules as the straight TESOL Masters, but can choose from a variety of translation studies modules as options.

* All modules are subject to availability.

Future prospects

The MA in TESOL enables you to become an independent, advanced professional leader; equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical classroom experience needed to excel in research, programme leadership and teaching.

Our MA graduates leave Hull with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. The experience you gain in a real teaching environment is unique to Hull, so you’ll stand out against the competition in the job market.

The School engages in interdisciplinary research activities that often cut across traditional language-centred boundaries. Many of our students choose to progress on to PhD-level study and our TESOL specialists offer supervision in many areas, including the methodology of language teaching, online language learning and second language acquisition.



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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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​​This new course covers the fundamentals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Masters level. Read more

Course Overview

​​This new course covers the fundamentals of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Masters level.

Students will examine key issues in the field including teaching methods in English Language Teaching, teaching English to Young Leaners and English for Specific Purposes, including English for Academic Purposes.

*subject to validation

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/education/courses/Pages/tesol-MA.aspx

​Course Content​​

The MA Education TESOL is a level 7 Masters level course that will be delivered full time over one year.

Core modules bear thirty credits each and include Methodology 1 & 2, Teaching English to Young Learners and English for Specific Purposes. The Methodology modules will provide an in depth study of the various methods that are used in current practice in English Language Teaching. Teaching English to Young Learners explores the pedagogical features of Teaching English to children and teenagers. The English for Specific Purposes module examines the theoretical basis for Specific Purposes in a variety of contexts including English for Academic Purposes, business English and English for Educational, Medical and Industry Professionals. There is also an addition​al non-credit bearing module on Research methods and dissertation preparation.

Learning & Teaching​

​The MA Education TESOL course will be delivered via a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, peer teaching sessions, as well as individual and group work. In addition to timetabled delivery, there will be elements of self-study and independent learning which will reinforce the content delivered in face-to-face contact sessions.

In addition, student will be required to engage fully in the university's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, which serves as a tool for independent learning.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has an excellent Student Services departmentwhich provides pastoral support to all students as well as a dedicated International Welfare Team based in our International Office​​. Apart from taught sessions which will make up the majority of the face-to-face delivery on the MA Education TESOL course, office hours for lecturers are normally between 9am and 5pm. We also allocate every student with their own Personal Tutor for academic support.

Assessment

The MA Education TESOL course will be delivered via a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, peer teaching sessions, as well as individual and group work. In addition to timetabled delivery, there will be elements of self-study and independent learning which will reinforce the content delivered in face-to-face contact sessions.

In addition, student will be required to engage fully in the university's Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, which serves as a tool for independent learning.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has an excellent Student Services department which provides pastoral support to all students as well as a dedicated International Welfare Team based in out International Office. Apart from taught sessions which will make up the majority of the face-to-face delivery on the MA Education TESOL course, office hours for lecturers are normally between 9am and 5pm. We also allocate every student with their own Personal Tutor for academic support.​

Employability & Careers​

​Graduates from the MA Education TESOL course will be able to apply for teaching posts in a variety of contexts that teach English to speakers of other languages. These include private language schools, training departments in professional contexts and university based English language departments. Opportunities for further study for graduates from the programme are to progress on to PhD level study within the Cardiff School of Education or in other universities.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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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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For individuals with more than 2 years English language teaching experience, this course offers a comprehensive critique of the key concepts and theories that lie behind language teaching. Read more
For individuals with more than 2 years English language teaching experience, this course offers a comprehensive critique of the key concepts and theories that lie behind language teaching. You will take a critical professional perspective towards TESOL and Applied Linguistics in a global, cultural, political and educational context.

Language is embedded in the social, cultural, personal, and interpersonal processes of human life, with complex forms and patterns that constantly develop to help us communicate more effectively. Thus, you will be encouraged to think of language as more than a set of rules. Instead, you will recognise language use as a complex process with personal, social and educational consequences, and you will acquire the knowledge and skills required to reflect critically upon your own language teaching practice.

This course can be taken part time and has start dates in January, for more information, please view the relevant web-page below:
January 16 months full time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/applied-linguistics-for-tesol-dtfalf6/

September 2 years part time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/applied-linguistics-for-tesol-dtpalt6/

January 28 months part time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/applied-linguistics-for-tesol-dtpalf6/

Learn From The Best

Our staff have extensive practical experience of both teaching and teacher training and they have strong connections with the professional (English) language teaching community in the UK and overseas.

You will benefit from the vast research experience of the teaching team. While much of our current research relates to the teaching and learning of language, we also explore a broader range of applied linguistic topics including: discourse analysis and representations of culture; the spread of English and Englishes around the world; educational linguistics and the internationalisation of UK Higher Education; and second language acquisition.

Cutting-edge research undertaken by the Applied Linguistics and TESOL team has been published in leading journals in the field and our lecturers are regularly invited to present their research around the world.

Teaching And Assessment

Our MA combines exciting subject-specific content with an emphasis on development of independent analytical and research skills, supported by knowledgeable, research-active staff.

Our learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver a stimulating and student-centred environment through a combination of lectures, seminars, group workshops and individual tutorials. The range of subject-specific modules has been developed to help you acquire the core skills appropriate to the study of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and the course culminates in a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words.

Our team offers a progressively challenging and rewarding experience, integrating the teaching of fundamental issues in Applied Linguistics and TESOL with the up-to-date findings of research conducted by the teaching team.

Learning Environment

You will engage with a range of technology enhanced learning (TEL) activities that support the learning and teaching principles, including a virtual learning environment that delivers specific course and module information, a range of course-related activities and online interactive reading lists. You will also have access to scholarly databases and can submit coursework electronically.

Our staff constantly seek to develop new ways of engaging with technology, including the use of mobile technology, tablet devices, and social media in both directed and independent learning to improve individual and group interaction. Engagement with TEL throughout the course will prepare you for the increasing importance of technology in the teaching of TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

Research-Rich Learning

Research, informed by our wide-ranging staff interests, is embedded throughout the course. We specifically recruit students of a high calibre with a view to further develop intellectual and professional interests through a lifelong engagement with the subject matter. You will engage with advanced theory, professional development at a high level, and critical reflection on methodological assumptions within the field.

The modules combine exciting content with an emphasis on the development of independent analytical and research skills, supported by knowledgeable team members with links to the English Language Teaching Journal (Oxford University Press), British Association of for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA), International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the British Council.

We encourage postgraduates to manage their own research projects as a preparation for possible independent research at doctoral level.

Give Your Career An Edge

Employability is woven into the course at all stages to develop your lifelong learning, critical skills and attitudes, presentation skills, and reflective and evaluative abilities.

You will improve skills in motivation, show initiative and personal responsibility, be capable of making decisions in complex situations, and possess a thirst for independent learning. You will have demonstrated a critical awareness of the current research and scholarship within your discipline, helping you to interpret knowledge in a variety of professional fields. In addition, the course will strengthen your communication skills, media literacy, self-management and planning, ethical and professional understanding, as well as developing your research and inquiry skills.

Your Future

The MA has been designed to enhance promotion prospects, fulfilling industry demands for highly qualified graduates with the skills to work across a variety of professions – most notably English Language teachers and teacher trainers, managers, course planners, government advisers, inspectors, material developers and consultants. The course is also ideal for those looking to move into professional research, publishing and editing, and educational management. There is constant demand both in the UK and overseas for Applied Linguistics and TESOL graduates in other language-related professions, such as the media, the helping professions, communication, publishing and editing.

Employment prospects for those holding the MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL qualification are excellent and graduates have gone on to good careers as English teachers overseas or in their home countries.

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