This programme is for people who wish to teach English as a second or foreign language. We aim to develop confident and well informed language teaching practitioners, who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You’ll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.
We recognise the value of professional, cultural and life experiences, which you’ll develop and explore during the programme. This will enhance your professional knowledge and understanding through reflection, aided by theoretical input and practical application.
Context specific professional development is an important element in the programme. We prepare you to return to your previous work context, or even move to a new one, with an adaptable knowledge base for your particular setting.
We’ll aid your understanding of the key theories and principles in TESOL, providing a balance of academic and professional content and experience. You’ll develop your ability in language analysis and understanding, as well as furthering your knowledge on how to incorporate this appropriately in class materials.
We have a flexible and supportive learning programme that develops your current understanding and knowledge in TESOL, while providing you with the necessary research and reflection skills to continue on your academic or professional career path.
In the first trimester your studies will include a mix of a practical and theoretical elements. You’ll have your first placement opportunity which you will be encouraged to reflect on in class.
In the second trimester we’ll continue developing your practical teaching skills through detailed discussion of relevant theories alongside your second placement.You’ll begin to prepare for your dissertation by strengthening your knowledge on research methodology and developing a dissertation proposal.
The third trimester sees the culmination of the skills you’ve developed as you gather and analyse data, and write up this research in your dissertation.
You’ll be taught through lectures; seminars; workshops; directed classroom-based activities; and discussion. Peer-teaching opportunities, presentations and student led workshops are also employed throughout the programme. You’ll be given a dedicated tutor to support your development.
There are no written exams. You’ll submit a portfolio of tasks which may include: oral presentations; reflection on module learning and teaching practice; essays; and analysis tasks.
Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including: English language teaching (general or specialised), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, PhD studies.