Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) or TEFL provides varied and rich career opportunities, either abroad or in the UK working with bilingual learners from varied cultural backgrounds.
The MA TESOL course is for you if you have some experience of English language teaching or training, and are seeking the opportunity to reflect on your practice and further develop it in the light of theories and recent research.
The emphasis throughout the TESOL course is on applying theory to practice and preparation for more senior responsibilities, such as curriculum and materials design. You will have the opportunity to observe and teach various language classes during the course and study alongside a range of professionals from the UK and overseas.
At the University of South Wales you will have flexibility in your assessment, which enables you to explore areas of particular interest to you or your current work context.
MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages combines examination of research and theory with a very practical approach to managing and delivering effective English language instruction. It provides students with the opportunity to critically examine practice and to become up-to-date with the latest developments in the field.
You will have the chance to observe and teach language classes within the University and focus on practicalities of designing a course and developing your skills as a materials writer.
In common with all the MA Education pathways you will take the core module Research Methodology. In addition, you will study the following specialist modules:
- TESOL: Theory in Practice - This module concentrates on the theory related to language acquisition and approaches to teaching learning a second language and how these influence teaching
- TESOL: Curriculum Design and Evaluation - This module explores issues such as curriculum planning, design and management, needs analysis and assessment and focusing on English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes.
- TESOL: Materials Design and Evaluation - The main skill of a language teacher is choosing and designing affective materials and tasks to support learning. The central focus is on materials selection and design for specific teaching contexts, assessing the current approaches to materials and the ways in which they can be adapted and improved for particular target groups and teaching methods.
Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules).
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
Learning and teaching methods
Part-time students normally take two specialist modules in year one, and a third one plus research methodology in year two. This is followed by a dissertation.
Full-time students take three specialist modules and research methodology over the course of one academic year and then go on to complete the dissertation. You can take modules from other MA Education pathways, such as special educational needs if appropriate.
Modules are assessed through coursework, including action research, practical planning tasks, written assignments and presentations.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement within TESOL either working abroad or in the UK. Within TESOL, it is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.