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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) online (MA)

Course Content

Course content

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - web-based is for professionals who wish to develop their critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice, reflect on their own teaching and conduct independant research into teaching and learning.

The course is aimed at English language teachers, or those working in a related profession, and is suitable if you are:

• keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience
• interested in improving your career prospects
• planning to take up a more senior position in your institution
• interested in researching your own teaching or applying for a research degree (MPhil/PhD/EdD) after completing a Masters

Course Content and Structure

The MA TESOL (web-based) is designed to be completed in just under three years. It is part-time only. There are Postgraduate Dioloma and Postgraduate Certificate exit points.

It is taught entirely online and has three start dates each year, January, May and September.

The course comprises taught modules totalling 120 credits, plus a 60-credit dissertation.

There are currently three 20-credit core modules, the particular module you start with depends on which of the three entry dates you choose:

• Applied Linguistics for TESOL (January)
• The Language Learner and Language Learning (May)
• Developments in TESOL Methodology (September)

After completing the core modules, you then choose four 15-credit modules from a range of 8 elective modules offered, providing you with considerable freedom in selecting course components to suit your individual needs and interests:

• Leaner Autonomy
• Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
• Materials Evaulation and Design
• Assessment in English for Academic Purposes
• Issues in Teaching English for Academic Purposes
• The Management of TESOL
• Learning to Train
• English for Specific Purposes

Each 20-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words or equivalent and 15-credit modules by a written assignment of 3,000 words or equivalent. The dissertation is an original piece of research and should be of approximately 12,000 - 15,000 words on an approved topic.

It is possible to replace two elective modules with one 30-credit online module from our MA Education (Flexible) programme, or one 30-credit MA Education module taken intensively face-to-face at Summer School in the UK (subject to availability).
Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience, and allow you to engage with other students and your tutors in a well-organised and supportive environment.

Entry Requirements

You would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 or above, or its international equivalent.

You will normally have a minimum of 9 months’ full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours part-time equivalent). Please note that teaching experience calculation should not include any teaching practicum taken as part of a course.

Applicants who have online teaching experience will also need to show how their hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers.

Consideration will also be given if you can demonstrate that your first degree included English language teaching methodology components, or that you have attended a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course and have a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).

If you have relevant teaching experience, but no first degree, you can apply for non-standard entry.

If English is not your first language, you must achieve an overall score on the IELTS test of at least 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in each element, or a TOEFL IBT score of 100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other eleements).


You apply online at https://portal.nottingham.ac.uk/

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




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