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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA/PGDip

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    MA, PgDip

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    16 July 2019

The MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) gives you the valuable skills to engage with theoretical and practical challenges of teaching English as a foreign language, or as a second language.    

You can choose to complete a dissertation or compile a portfolio for the second stage of the course.

Why TESOL at Swansea?

Swansea University has one of the longest-established TESOL training and education centres in the UK and is internationally known for excellence in vocabulary research.

The College of Arts and Humanities is based on our energising Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay.

The Graduate Centre is designed to promote individual and collaborative research activity of international standard, providing a supportive environment for those undertaking postgraduate research and taught masters study. 

It offers postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development, and facilitates seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

Your TESOL experience

The full-time TESOL course is divided across the year with three modules offered in each academic semester, before a professional practice portfolio is assembled or a dissertation is written over the summer.

A variety of compelling TESOL modules include:

• Communicative language teaching

  • Grammatical analysis
  • Discourse analysis for language teaching • Methods for classroom teaching
  • Professional reflective practice
  • Research methods for applied linguistics • Second language acquisition
  • Vocabulary: teaching and learning

• Young language learners

TESOL employment opportunities

The MA in Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is an ideal course if you are dedicated to an applied language career.

TESOL graduates typically progress to further study, research or teaching.

TESOL modules

You study a set number of compulsory and optional 20-credit modules before undertaking a 60-credit portfolio or dissertation project. A wide variety of modules include communicative language teaching, grammatical analysis and professional reflective practice.

Modules on the TESOL course may include:

  • Vocabulary: teaching and learning
  • Research Methods for ELT
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse Analysis for ELT
  • Young Language Learners
  • Grammatical Analysis
  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • Classroom Teaching Practice

How you're taught on the TESOL course

The MA in TESOL includes two components: a taught component and either a dissertation or a portfolio of language teaching materials.

TESOL students following the practical route will be supported, observed and assessed teaching English. They are also required to produce a portfolio of teaching and testing materials. This route would be indicated on the final MA certificate.

English Language /TESOL/ Applied Linguistics

Our degree programmes look at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts and time. We look at:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts;
  • how language has developed over time; 
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages;
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts;
  • how we produce and understand language in real time as well as,
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.

Our teaching relates to real world issues with crucial impacts on individuals and communities. These include the use of language to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media); the effect of dialect and accent on identity; the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.

In the TESOL section, we also look at the challenge of learning and teaching of English as a new language, including:

  • how different methods are used to teach language;
  • how children learn an additional language;
  • how theories of second language acquisition relate to teaching;
  • how current research into English Language Teaching informs practice.

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





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