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Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service MA

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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full time: 1 year Flexible: up to 5 years

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    10 January 2019

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The TESOL MA programme has two routes: in-service and pre-service. The TESOL (Pre-Service) aims to enhance the employment prospects of graduates who hope to become English Language Teaching practitioners but who have no professional experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and other MA students from around the world.

About this degree

This programme will give students both a theoretical and a practical introduction to the language and discourse systems required for teaching as well as current theories of second language acquisition. Students will also explore the methods and approaches currently used in English language teaching, the place of English and English language teaching in the wider world, as well as the concept of multilingualism and its place in education. There will also be an opportunity to carry out a piece of advanced research in an educational context.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (90 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Teaching English: Theories and Approaches
  • The English Language Learner
  • Researching Second Language Learning

Optional modules

  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • Discourse, Society and Culture
  • English in Diverse World Contexts
  • Language and Identity
  • Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural Contexts
  • Language Testing and Assessment
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory
  • English Language Teaching:Classroom Practice
  • Working with Bilingual/Multilingual Learners in International School Settings
  • Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Dissertation/report

All students submit a 10,000-word written report which is undertaken over two terms.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered as a campus-based programme. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words per module and a report of 10,000 words.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, research-based education based on the latest developments in the area of TESOL. This will give them a natural advantage when applying for teaching or other TESOL-related posts. We also help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, through departmental talks and other networking opportunities within the department and the wider UCL community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Culture, Communication & Media is committed to excellence in teaching, research and consultancy across a range of areas including Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

You will become part of one of the oldest and most well-known centres for English language teacher development, and will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers from the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics as well as MA students from all around the world.

Department: Culture, Communication & Media

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is for graduates who wish to work in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESOL) and who have no professional experience of English language teaching. Although this degree is not a teaching qualification, it may be used in conjunction with a qualification appropriate to the country in which our alumni wish to teach.

Application deadlines

26 July 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service at graduate level
  • why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Visit the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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