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


Course Description

Our MA in TESOL is designed for those who would like to obtain a substantial postgraduate qualification in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It is suitable both for those early in their professional lives (who may have little or no teaching experience), as well as those who are experienced teachers.

Why choose this course?

- Gain an understanding of key principles and theories underlying a variety of approaches to language learning/teaching from both macro and micro perspectives

- Opportunity to analyse a range of spoken and written data using key linguistic concepts and models.

Visit the website http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/ma-tesol/

Learning, teaching and assessments

Modules are delivered via a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods. You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for classroom teaching and observation, as well as for individual research.

All assessment is by written assignment, except for Teaching in Practice where assessment involves a series of teaching practice sessions and a short oral presentation on an area of interest within your own classroom practice, experienced during the Teaching in Practice module.

The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation in a student’s particular area of interest.

Career prospects

Graduates of the TESOL programmes work as teachers in TESOL all over the world.

Facilites & equipment

You will have access to:

- Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups

- The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals. The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: http://www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime

- University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

Teaching Staff

Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton - Programme Director
PhD (Applied Linguistics); MSc (Teaching English), both Aston University; RSA DOTE (Diploma for Overseas of English); BA (English Language & Literature), Hacettepe University

''The MA in TESOL Studies is unique as it enables you to put theory into practice through real classroom experience. It provides a multi-cultural learning environment.''

About LSS

The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is one of only a handful of academic units in the UK to span both the Humanities and Social Sciences. In doing so, it draws on a particularly rich and distinguished tradition of teaching, scholarship and research. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Department of Modern Languages (French, German, Linguistics), as it was then known, was one of the UK’s pioneers of the study of language in contemporary society. In 1995, reflecting the growing interest in and awareness of Europe, it became the School of Languages and European Studies. In 2004, we adopted our current title.

Since then, the School has grown rapidly in student numbers and in its academic coverage and now comprises four academic subject groups: English Language, Languages and Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations as well as Sociology and Policy. The School also hosts the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA).

This combination of subjects is almost unique in British Higher Education and leaves the School ideally-placed to investigate how language and society function, both in their own context and in relation to each other. The School is led by its Executive Dean, Professor Simon Green, along with a team of Associate Deans and the Heads of Subject Groups. The School is supported in its work by an Advisory Board comprising key stakeholders in the city of Birmingham and beyond.

Today, therefore, the School of Languages and Social Sciences is a closely integrated, innovative, multilingual and multidisciplinary School with an international outlook. Our degree programmes combine a rigorous disciplinary grounding with a cross-disciplinary, practical and issue-focused perspective. Our main research centres, Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (CFL), The Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC), The Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA) are leaders in their respective fields. We work closely with schools and local partners, both through our research centres and through Routes into Languages and Network for Languages. We play a major role in the University’s Forward 2020 strategy, through providing the Languages for All programme, our research, our placements and our high levels of student satisfaction. In short, the School is at the forefront of delivering ‘employable graduates, exploitable research’.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

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

(Student Profile)

Natalia Kalenova

I liked the idea of teaching in practice, which helped a lot to gain confidence, learn new ways of teaching. In order to get a job it is important to show that you had 'teaching in practice'. I have been looking for jobs in the UK and abroad, and all schools ask the same question: 'Did you have observed teaching in practice?' I also liked the idea that Aston accepted me as a student even that my first degree was not in teaching. Many universities told me that I would not be able to study because I did not have BA in teaching. However, they were wrong, I had 3 years teaching experience and sometimes teaching experience is better than just a degree. I did well at Aston University, thanks to Nur. I really appreciate that Nur looked at my experience rather than just diplomas and gave me the chance to obtain MA from Aston University.

I am going to teach TESOL for a couple of years and then I would like to become a director of Studies. At the moment I am working as a TESOL teacher at Asylum and Refugee House. I would like to gain more experience in the UK and then travel the world. Having a Masters degree opens many doors!


(Scholarship)

Scholarships for all MSc/MA students - 3 Awards

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £5,000 scholarships towards tuition fees in the 2015/16 academic year.If you wish to be considered for the scholarship you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following: "How will the LSS MA/MSc Scholarship enhance your career prospects and help you achieve your academic and professional goals? How would you benefit from a scholarship and what difference would it make to you?"

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

The scholarships are available to all students (full-time, part-time, on campus and distance learning) enrolling on LSS MA/ MSc programmes in 2015/16.

Application Procedure

Email your completed essay to . NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA/MSc programme at LSS commencing at Aston University in October 2015.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/fees-financial-support/ma-msc-scholarships-and-bursaries/


(Scholarship)

CELCA Scholarship: For MA students with native speaker competence in English - 3 Awards

The exact nature of this work will be decided at the beginning of the programme but may include providing support to international Postgraduate and International Year Abroad students, the IELTS team, deliver speaking classes for our IYA (International Year Abroad) and KYA (Kansai Year Abroad) students, help conference and workshop organisers, academic visitors or students with special needs. The work will often take place at different times every week - depending on the projects you support.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3000

Eligibility

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £3000 bursaries towards the cost of the MA tuition fees for students with native speaker competence in English. In return, the students will complete up to six hours a week pastoral work for the School.

Application Procedure

If you wish to be considered for the bursary, you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following:

What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses? How would you be able to support international students on programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences?

Email your completed essay to . NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA programme (taught on-campus) at LSS commencing at Aston University October 2015.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/fees-financial-support/ma-msc-scholarships-and-bursaries/



Entry Requirements

A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2:1) in English or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

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