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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Course Description

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.

Visit the MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) page on the University of Essex website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ian Keith Sinnott

“I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that enrolling on MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages within the International Academy was a turning point in my life. As a member of staff teaching at the International Academy on the PEP programme, I was given plenty of help with re-arranging my teaching schedule to fit in with my MA timetable.

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages has not only prepared me with the necessary tools to go into the classroom to be a better teacher but helped me to develop into a better researcher and critical thinker. The lecturers gave a wealth of experience on the course and I found them to be very helpful, friendly and accommodating to my particular needs.

Since starting my MA, I have found myself more able and willing to develop teaching materials and I feel that I have become a more efficient teacher. In addition, the course has been extremely interesting, invigorating and inspiring.”

(Student Profile)

Amy Walker

"I would recommend the International Academy’s MA TESOL to anyone looking to develop their teaching practice and increase their knowledge of theory within the field of TESOL.

As a student in the International Academy, I was given a high level of support, especially from my lecturers who were both encouraging and inspiring. Working with students from a range of different teaching backgrounds was also very insightful.

Throughout my course, I had the opportunity to study a breadth of theory as well as understanding how this can be put into practice. Another part of my MA TESOL that I found very valuable was the reflection and evaluation of my own teaching practice. This has helped me a lot in my current teaching job at the International Academy, as I now have skills in place to enable me to critically reflect upon my teaching, so have become much more effective at my job."


Entry Requirements

2.1 or above, IELTS 6.5 and a minimum of two years teaching experience. IELTS 6.5.

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