The MA TESOL is a specialist degree for aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their career prospects in the field of teaching of English as a second, foreign or additional language.
It will provide you with the tools and resources you need in order to develop your teaching skills, reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research.
Our programme team all have doctorates in TESOL related areas and extensive international experience.
We place particular emphasis on helping you to develop appropriate methods and materials to suit your social and cultural context.
Upon graduating you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the latest practice, theory and policy of international language education.
- Apply your knowledge to the teaching of English in a variety of contexts around the globe.
- Demonstrate an understanding of current issues in the English language teaching profession.
- Critically analyse the role of English as the world’s major international language.
- Use research to inform your daily practice and decision making as a language educator.
- Contribute professionally and academically to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.
- A highly competitive programme that integrates the latest developments in TESOL research and practice. - Suitable for pre- and post-experience participants. - Opportunity to share experience with educators from a range of backgrounds and to establish an international network of professional contacts. - Specialised academic writing and study skills courses for MA TESOL students. - Credits equivalent to two MA units offered to students who already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL).
Our programmes are modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed on a semester basis. As you progress through each semester and successfully pass the examinations, you will receive credit for the units, thus providing you with a clear indication of your academic progress.
Teaching takes the form of lectures, classes and seminars. Lectures are quite formal, whereas classes and seminars involve interaction between the lecturer and a small number of students for study skills and discussion.
Methods of assessment
Assessment will be by written assignments. These will include language analysis, learner needs analysis, textbook and test design, and case studies of language learners in institutional settings.
- Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) If you have studied, but not completed or received an award, for postgraduate units from another institution, you may be eligible to transfer credit for this prior learning.
If you already hold either a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL) you can receive credits equivalent to two units of study of the MA TESOL programme. This credit must have been obtained within the previous five years.
Upon graduating, you will be able to contribute academically and professionally to the rapidly changing world of international English language education.
You will be able to apply your knowledge of the latest theory, policy, and practice of international English language education to a variety of global professions, such as:
- English language teacher / lecturer / instructor - Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes - Director of Studies / Assistant Director of Studies of a language school or department - Language teacher trainer - Trainer in intercultural communication and business communication skills
About the department
The Department of Education is a thriving academic community focused on furthering our understanding of policy, culture, pedagogy and diversity within a global educational context. We hold a strong national and international reputation for our research.
We have an excellent network with a wide range of educational institutions including, schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and government departments, within the UK and also internationally.