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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time including dissertation, 2 years part-time plus dissertation

  • Course Type

    MA, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees

    Please see the University website for details.

  • Last Updated

    24 January 2019

Course content

Overview

This course is suitable if you are a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience, seeking to improve your career prospects or interested in researching your own teaching practices/context.

It will prepare you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study. You will meet expert tutors in the field of English language teaching, a major branch of applied linguistics, who have many years' experience teaching at this level and who are committed to providing the best quality study experience.

Our teaching is informed by leading research and we offer optional modules which reflect the latest in applied linguistics and language teacher education. You will learn in a modern, high-tech learning environment with a lively, multi-cultural social experience.

We offer a range of support including interactive, collaborative teaching methods, individual tutorials, opportunities to pursue your professional and research interests, access to extensive study materials and free support for developing proficiency in academic English.

You may be able to take part in a community-based project to provide language teaching to refugees who need general and functional English language to survive and adapt to life in the UK.

Key facts

Course details

Detailed entry requirements

If an applicant has a first degree that includes a focus on language teaching theory and methodology or has successfully completed a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course, the experience required will be reduced to a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).

The teaching experience calculation should not include a teaching practicum taken as part of a course. Applicants should show how hours for part-time English teaching experience have been calculated. Applicants who have online teaching experience will need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers (to be submitted at the time of application).

Structure

The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is also available at the University's Malaysia Campus, or via online study.

Assessment

Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment. All assessed work is submitted online.

The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.

Modules

Core

  • Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum
  • Understanding Language Learning and the Language Learner

Optional

  • Assessment in Language Education
  • Managing Language Teaching and Developing Teachers
  • Materials and Technology in Language Education
  • Teaching Languages to Younger Learners
  • Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Context, Language and Pedagogy

Dissertation module

  • Dissertation

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.

Careers

Career destinations for our graduates include counsellors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.

Employability and average starting salary

99.5% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £38,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.


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

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