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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    12 months full time | 24 months part time

  • Course Type

    MA

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    02 December 2019

Overview

MA TESOL Studies provides candidates who have little or no previous experience of teaching with the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in English Language Teaching, offering an excellent step towards a career in TESOL.

You will explore the essential elements in language teaching, studying the processes of learning and teaching language, in addition to the study of language itself. You will also develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate TESOL theoretical frameworks, materials and procedures in addition to those required for the practical management of the classroom.

As a large team of education practitioners, we have a wide range of experience of teaching and teacher education work in many contexts in the UK and around the world. As researchers, we have a broad range of expertise across the discipline with ongoing research projects in teacher development, language use in migrant communities, learning with digital technologies, and IELTS preparation courses.

Course content

In semester one, you will study three core modules exploring the English language, how second languages are learned and, in general terms, how they may be taught. In semester two, you will study the practicalities of teaching English, undertake micro-teaching and have a chance to specialise through choosing from a set of modules including Teaching Academic English and Assessing Language Learning.

You will use the knowledge and skills you gain over the course of the year to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within TESOL.

To support your work on the project, you will take a non-assessed research methods course. Help with your academic writing is available throughout the year.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read TESOL Studies MA Full Time in the course catalogue

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation in MA TESOL programmes and MA TESOL Studies
  • Analysing Language Learning
  • Analysing Language Teaching
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Analysing Language

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning
  • Children and young people: citizenship, participation and social justice
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Grammar, Learning and Teaching
  • Teaching Academic English
  • Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom
  • Tasks and Materials for TESOL
  • Assessing Language Learning
  • Teaching Languages to Young Learners

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, group work and lectures. Specialist modules also use online learning to give you hands-on experience of using online teaching materials. However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, as it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.

Assessment

Most of our modules are assessed through written assignments, which you will choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you will be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand. You will also complete group projects and project reports.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read  Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

How to apply

Application deadlines

  • International students: 1 March (applications received after 1 March but before 30 June will be considered if there are sufficient places remaining on the programme)
  • UK/EU: 31 July

APPLY (FULL TIME) 

APPLY (PART TIME) 

Documents and information we will need include:

  • Original or certified copies of your transcripts
  • Original or certified copies of your degree certificate
  • Original or certified copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results (if English is not your first language)
  • Details of two referees.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Fees

See our website for the latest fee information.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

The majority of our students are international students, and they tend to return to their home countries to embark on careers in English language teaching in primary, secondary or tertiary education in the private or public sectors.

Many such graduates are now teaching in, for example, university language centres, private language schools, or state secondary schools in the Middle East, China, Japan, Korea or Cyprus.

Each year we do have some UK students, some of whom remain in the UK teaching, while others go abroad.

The methodological skills and theoretical knowledge they develop have allowed some to move into teaching other languages, such as Chinese.


Visit the TESOL Studies MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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