This course provides you with a specialist combination of theoretical academic study and robust practical application and skills development in English language teaching. It provides advanced training for TESOL professionals, and examines the latest developments in TESOL methodology and related issues. You will develop the practical and professional skills involved in TESOL, along with the ability to analyse and apply theoretical perspectives to practical situations.
The course enables you to develop your skills in argument, synthesis and critical expression of TESOL issues, and apply them in different teaching contexts. You will also enhance your advanced skills of research, presentation and analysis in TESOL contexts. Nurturing ongoing professional development and skills in pursuing further independent research is an important aspect of the course, enabling you to make a full contribution to professional development in your specialist area.
The course consists of three core modules and a range of option modules. The Language and Learning: Description and Analysis core module introduces in-depth exploration of the core concepts in the description and analysis of language and language learning, with specific reference to English language teaching and second language acquisition. The Current Developments in Language Teaching core module examines a wide range of current practice and developments, including communicative competence in language learning and teaching, language teaching methodology, and discrete and integrated skills. The Dissertation is the third core module.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING -DISSERTATION -LANGUAGE AND LEARNING: DESCRIPTION AND ANALYSIS
Option modules -ANALYSING SPOKEN AND WRITTEN DISCOURSE -EDUCATIONAL MANAGEMENT IN TESOL -INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE -LANGUAGES FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES -MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT -SOCIOLINGUISTICS -TESTING AND ASSESSMENT -USING LITERATURE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
The course enables you to make substantial progress as advanced English Language Teaching practitioners and managers in a variety of national, regional and cultural educational systems. You will have the training and preparation to make significant contributions as instructors, managers and researchers.