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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

Course Description

The MA in TESOL will provide novice and early career teachers with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. Students will have the opportunity to observe actual language classes, plan and teach real lessons and carry out research on language learning and teaching.

Key benefits

• Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for teaching English in different contexts
• Four weeks of supervised teaching practice
• Gain a professional certificate in TEFL at the same time as your MA in TESOL
• Observe lessons and learn from experienced teachers at International House London
• Excellent tutorial support and extensive programme-specific training in research methods and academic writing
• Staff have extensive experience of teaching and training teachers in a wide variety of contexts

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/teaching-english-to-speakers-of-other-languages-tesol-ma.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Compulsory modules will cover approaches to second-language pedagogy, second-language learning theories, linguistic analysis and research methods. This will provide the opportunity for students to gain a solid foundation in professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching practicum, and provide skills to continue their professional development. Option modules and the dissertation will allow students to relate this core content knowledge in specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials, and teaching English in a variety of contexts. Students will also have the opportunity to have 4 weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House, the leading provider of the initial teacher training certificate. Students who are successful in the practicum will gain an additional qualification through International House, either the Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

- Course purpose -

The programme provides students with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It enables students to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and prepares students to develop the capacity to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will provide students with basic research skills to investigate language learning, and help students to develop their individual pedagogic approaches by reflecting on practice.

- Course format and assessment -

Students take all of the core modules and choose 30-50 credits of optional modules.

Assessment is by coursework assignments, a presentation and a dissertation which is based on a small-scale research project. There are no examinations.

Career prospects

The MA prepares graduates for a professional career in English language teaching, a research-oriented career, or a mixture of the two.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.Academic requirements:A 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) is usually required in a relevant subject (for example: a foreign language; English; Linguistics/Applied Linguistics/Language and Communication; Psychology; a social science subject.) Alternative qualifications may be considered. Work experience:No previous experience of language teaching is required (although any experience including informal tutoring or volunteer teaching and/or observation of teaching) will be taken into account in assessing your application. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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