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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Distance Learning) - MA

Course content

With a TESOL qualification you could work in any country where people want to learn English.

Course overview

This distance learning course will enable you to gain a University of Sunderland qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from anywhere in the world.

Teachers with a qualification in TESOL are in great demand because of the value of English language skills. English is the top language of the internet and the world’s third most widely spoken language, so our course can open up new opportunities for you around the world.

Unlike some other TESOL courses, Sunderland’s course not only covers theoretical aspects but also includes a practical teaching module. You will find an institution in your own country where you will teach a lesson, record it and submit the video recording for assessment.

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’. The final phase of the course is a Masters dissertation whose topic will reflect your personal interest in an area of TESOL.

This TESOL course lasts 18 months, and the distance learning method makes it easier for you to fit your studies around work, family and other commitments.

Course content

The content of the course is entirely delivered through distance learning, making it a very flexible way to achieve a Masters qualification. Modules on this course include:
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 two of the following optional modules
-Theories of Second/Foreign Language Learning (20 Credits)
-Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching (20 Credits)
-Language, Culture and Power (20 Credits)

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 methods for supporting your learning as an off-campus student. You will have online access to all the required materials and tutorial support will be given via online discussion groups, email and telephone calls.

Assessment methods include written assignments, one teaching observation and one teaching practice session, written presentations and the dissertation.

Facilities & location

This course can be studied anywhere in the world that has internet access. The course is delivered by the University of Sunderland's Virtual Learning Environment using learning packs, e-books, e-journals, relevant websites and multimedia.

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.

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

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