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MEd/PgDip/PgCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Course Description

Study a part-time distance learning course designed for in-service teachers who want to develop their language teaching skills and enhance their professional ability. The course guides you through aspects of analysing, teaching, learning and researching language. It encourages reflective practice and the application of theory to pedagogy in your own context as part of an international community of teachers.

This course is for experienced in-service English language teachers who wish to undertake professional work-based learning and develop their career potential. The course enables you to broaden your understanding of how language works, and how it is learned or acquired.

You explore a wide range of TESOL issues relevant to you and your institution, while developing experience in the methodologies that underpin educational research. You also enhance your ability to reflect on your own practice and working environment. This course provides the opportunity to:
-Extend your knowledge and understanding in specialist areas of TESOL.
-Evaluate critically areas of the TESOL profession’s theory and practice.
-Complete assignments and a research project related to your working situation. These projects aid your professional development and can benefit your workplace.

This distance learning course is supported with the university's virtual learning environment. No face-to-face attendance is required as you become part of an international community of teachers through on-line discussion and receive email and SKYPE support from tutors.

Course structure

Distance learning – typically 2 to 3 years. Starts October for PgCert and PgDip.

Course content
Postgraduate Certificate
-Phonetics and phonology
-Pedagogical and functional grammar
-Second language acquisition
-Teaching methodologies
-Classroom observation
-Reflection on practice

Postgraduate Diploma
-Course and syllabus design
-Self-prepared, published and electronic materials design and evaluation
-Self-prepared, published and electronic assessment and test design and evaluation
-Introduction to research methodology – focus groups, interviews, for teaching materials, assessments and course/syllabus
-Second language acquisition
-Discourse analysis
-Teacher education and development
-Global Englishes
-Teaching young learners
-Technology and language learning

Research project
-Design and implementation of a research project
-Research methodologies and methods (qualitative and quantitative)
-Research ethics
-Writing a dissertation

-Oral presentation: 5,000 word reflective account
-SLA questionnaire design and evaluation: 2000 word essay
-Online discussions; 5,400 word small scale classroom based assignment
-Small scale group assignment; 5,400 word literature report
-1,000 word research proposal; 12,000-15,000 word research project and dissertation

Visit the MEd/PgDip/PgCert Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have: a degree or equivalent qualification; at least two years’ experience of teaching in the profession and be currently teaching; have successfully completed the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL, Cambridge CELTA or equivalent. If you have successfully completed a recognised professional teaching diploma in TESOL, (i.e. Trinity College Licentiate Diploma or Cambridge (DELTA)) you are exempt from stage one. Non-English speakers are required to have passed the IELTS English language test with a result of 7 or more, with a minimum of 6 in each skill area.

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