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The School of Education provides an online portfolio of Career-long Professional Learning (CPL) programmes for the education workforce, to meet both current and emerging needs associated with the profession and to reflect the increasing importance attached nationally to professional learning, update and practice.

This Masters in Education (MEd) is a professional qualification, offered in flexible mode, for those who teach, or plan to teach English to speakers of other languages within the school, college or university contexts.

About the programme

The programme is offered on a full-time basis to home and international students at Paisley Campus. It is also available to home students on a flexible, blended learning basis, with some attendance at Paisley Campus. It is aimed at those who intend to work as TESOL professionals, teaching English at home or abroad.

Students will be equipped with the relevant, practical teaching and English language skills as well as the confidence and citizenship skills gained from developing language learnt in situ. You will be supported, throughout, in considering the role of language in a global context and the associated benefits for citizens, nationally and internationally, as developing linguists; that is, how to enhance both their own prospects and those of their prospective students in a global context.

There will be opportunities for practice-related learning for all students: this will comprise the opportunity to use practical knowledge of language and teaching pedagogy gained from the programme on a short teaching practice within the field of TESOL.

Your learning

The MEd TESOL comprises six modules and a dissertation:

• Critical Self-Evaluation and Development
• Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching
• Research Methods
• Theories of Second Language Acquisition

You will begin with the compulsory ‘Critical Self-Evaluation and Development’ and ‘Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching’ modules. You will also choose one of the modules below to complete the Certificate; and another of the modules below plus ‘Research Methods’ and ‘Theories of Second Language Acquisition’ modules to complete the Diploma:

• Applied Linguistics
• English as a Global Language
• Intercultural Theory and Global Citizenship
• Language, Identity and Power
• Working with Young Learners

You will then complete a dissertation, the title of which is to be agreed with the Programme Leader.

Our Careers Adviser says

Employment opportunities for teachers who hold a first degree and a Masters in TESOL are excellent: this qualification is a requirement for many TESOL jobs within the UK and internationally. The professional skills acquired and developed during this programme are highly regarded by employers globally.

First-class facilities

You’ll have access to a wide range of technology to facilitate your learning. Our libraries are stocked with a vast range of specialist resources to help you in your studies, and you’ll also have access to our extensive electronic library collection (including e-books and academic journals) and the virtual learning environment, Moodle.

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






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