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University of Leicester, Full Time MA Degrees in Education

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The MA International Education programme aims to offer teachers, lecturers and educational leaders in schools, colleges and universities, as well as those with experience of or an interest in education in broader contexts, a unique opportunity to reflect upon their own practice and to enhance their knowledge. Read more
The MA International Education programme aims to offer teachers, lecturers and educational leaders in schools, colleges and universities, as well as those with experience of or an interest in education in broader contexts, a unique opportunity to reflect upon their own practice and to enhance their knowledge.

The MA International Education is a rigorous qualification which provides you with several opportunities to undertake research in your particular area of interest, building on your knowledge in this specialised area. Its quality is assured by strict adherence to university quality procedures which are, themselves , tied to QAA and HEFCE monitoring processes.

The programme offers a unique opportunity for you to develop your knowledge and skills by applying course input to real-life situations within your own educational setting, be this in a school, college or university. It is a powerful vehicle for institutional improvement, as well as individual, personal and professional development.

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The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is aimed at graduate teachers and other English Language Teaching professionals with at least two years' English language teaching experience who wish to further their academic and professional development. Read more

Course Outline

The MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is aimed at graduate teachers and other English Language Teaching professionals with at least two years' English language teaching experience who wish to further their academic and professional development.

This degree will provide you with:

A critical understanding of key issues and debates in many areas of applied linguistics and of how these relate to English Language Teaching.
A body of knowledge that will enhance your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels in different cultural and institutional contexts.
The ability to reflect, analyse and critically evaluate language teaching and learning concepts and theories, and to understand and examine the assumptions underlying different classroom practices.
The skills to undertake effective practitioner research in your specific area of interest.

We are one of the longest established providers of postgraduate studies in Applied Linguistics and TESOL in the UK. On this course you will join teachers from all over the world. You will also benefit from our active involvement in research in different areas of Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

If you have a particular interest in lexis (vocabulary), you can specialize in Lexical Studies. This involves taking both the 'Words and Dictionaries' and 'Corpus Approaches to Lexis' modules and writing your Dissertation on a related topic. This entitles you to an MA in 'Applied Linguistics and TESOL with Lexical Studies' when you graduate.

Course Structure

Core Modules:
Grammar Awareness
Language in Society
Phonology and Pronunciation
Second Language Teaching
Second Language Learning

Option Modules:

Choose one from:
Continuing Professional Development for English Language Teachers
Intercultural Communication
Words and Dictionaries

Plus two from:
Corpus Approaches to Lexis
Discourse Analysis
Language Testing and Assessment
Materials Design and Development
Psychological Issues in Language Learning

Plus your dissertation. In your third term you will undertake a dissertation in a subject of your choice. You will be supervised by a member of staff with expertise in your chosen area who will guide and support you.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

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The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme offers those beginning a teaching career in English Language an opportunity to develop their essential teaching skills and professional knowledge. Read more
The MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme offers those beginning a teaching career in English Language an opportunity to develop their essential teaching skills and professional knowledge.

The MA TESOL is a rigorous qualification which provides you with strong all-round skills development and up-to-date subject knowledge. The course is highly valued by educational employers and will help to raise your profile when seeking to launch or advance your career as a language teaching professional.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide to our students. You will be supported by a personal tutor who, where possible, will remain with you throughout the programme, and you will also have access to the full range of university support services.

Programme Aims

The aim of MA TESOL is to:

• provide you with the basic practical skills you need to enter a language classroom with confidence
• enhance your subject knowledge about the English Language
• develop your ability to undertake language teaching at a range of levels, in different cultural and institutional contexts
• provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding of professional issues relating to language teaching and learning

Participating in the learning activities and accessing the academic support services available to University of Leicester students will also help you develop your fluency and accuracy in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

• On campus-teaching is seminar-based, with tutorial support.
• Assessment is through essays and some tests and project work.
• You will be encouraged to develop your transferable skills, including IT and oral presentation

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