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

Course overview

This part-time course leads to a Masters qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). English is one of the top three languages spoken worldwide, along with Mandarin and Spanish, and so a TESOL course is a valuable asset for people who want to live and work in other countries.

This TESOL course not only covers theoretical aspects, but also includes a practical teaching module. As part of this, you will learn how to prepare lesson plans and to teach your peers at Sunderland.

Our TESOL MA will give you in-depth understanding of how English is taught to speakers of other languages internationally. 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’.

For your Masters dissertation, you will negotiate a proposal for a research project with our supportive tutors. This ensures that the topic is relevant to your professional development and career aspirations.

We also offer a full-time TESOL MA that allows you to achieve your Masters qualification in just one year.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research. The topic of the project/dissertation is negotiated to fit both your personal interests and the expertise of Sunderland's supportive tutors.

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 the following optional modules:
-Theories of Second/Foreign Language Learning (20 Credits)
-Corpus Linguistics and Language Teaching (20 Credits)

Modules may vary from year to year.

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 teaching and learning methods including lectures, seminars, practical tasks and independent learning activities. Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters course requires a higher level of independent working.

This is a part-time course and contact time will vary during the three year duration of the course. Assessment methods include written assignments, one teaching observation, one teaching practice session, oral and written presentations and the dissertation.

Facilities & location

Our language facilities includes:
-Two digital language laboratories for teaching
-Open-access language laboratory for independent study
-Resources (DVDs, textbooks, magazines, dictionaries)

University Library Services
We have thousands of books and, increasingly, e-books on language topics. We also subscribe to a comprehensive range of print and electronic journals so you can access the most reliable and up-to-date academic articles. An important resource is the EBSCO Professional Development Collection, which provides access to full text articles for TESOL.

IT provision
When it comes to IT provision you can take your pick from hundreds of PCs as well as Apple Macs in the David Goldman Informatics Centre and St Peter’s library. There are also free WiFi zones throughout the campus. If you have any problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

Learning environment
Sunderland offers a vibrant learning environment with an international dimension thanks to the presence of students from around the world. The University has strong links with external organisations and there is a lively exchange of ideas and people.

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:
-Head of Department
-Educational Adviser
-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) - MA page on the University of Sunderland website for more details!





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