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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) MA/PGDip

  • Full time & Part time available
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  • September
  • MA: 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time; PGDip: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Course Description

The MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language is offered by specialists in the field of Applied Linguistics.

Key Features

Swansea University has one of the longest established TEFL training and education centres in the UK and is internationally known for excellence in vocabulary research. Currently staff expertise exists in corpus linguistics, computer assisted language learning and stylistics. Internationally recruited staff offer a wide range of relevant experience and contacts across countries and continents as well as different levels of kinds of education. The MA in TEFL is intended for those who have already begun to develop an informed interest or have some previous training or relevant experience in the field.

Students who study the MA TEFL can take the TKT Practical Certificate. TKT Practical is an internationally recognised teaching Certificate and a test of professional practice for English language teachers. TKT enhances professional development, allows graduates to move onto higher level teaching qualifications and provides professional support materials.

The College of Arts and Humanities has a Graduate Centre. The Graduate Centre fosters and supports individual and collaborative research activity of international excellence and offers a vibrant and supportive environment for students pursuing postgraduate research and taught masters study. The Centre provides postgraduate training to enhance academic and professional development and facilitates participation in seminar programmes, workshops and international conferences.

The MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language has two parts: a taught component and either a dissertation or practical teaching of English language classes.

Students following the practical route will be supported, observed and assessed teaching English. They are also required to produce a portfolio of teaching and testing materials. This route would be indicated on the final MA certificate.

Modules on the Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme typically include:

• Vocabulary: Teaching and Learning
• Describing English
• Discourse Analysis for Language Teaching
• Communicative Language Teaching
• Second Language Acquisition
• Young Language Learners
• Research Methods for ELT
• Classroom Teaching Practice
• World Englishes

Who should Apply?

Prospective students interested in teaching English as a foreign or second language.
Prospective students who have experience of teaching English as a second or foreign language, or who have some previous training or relevant work experience in the field.
Prospective students who wish to gain academic training in applied linguistics, in preparation for advanced academic degrees (e.g., MPhil, PhD) in applied linguistics or related disciplines.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MA TEFL at Swansea can expect to pursue careers in ESL and EFL teaching, teacher training, material development, international education, publishing, and in a wide range of international settings requiring in-depth understanding of language learning, teaching, and research.

Student Quote

“Studying abroad has always been one of my dreams. My friends have always told me that the period studying as a student is the most enjoyable time in life. I didn't really believe it till I started my MA course at the Swansea University. The course in Teaching English As a Foreign Language (TEFL) helped me to deepen my knowledge in that field. All of the lecturers I had a chance to meet were really helpful, motivating and friendly. They were professional and possessed a great knowledge of what they teach. The modules offered include theory as well as practice. The facilities provided by the University, such as computer rooms and the library were great as well and well equipped. I really regret that the time I spent in Swansea is now over. It was a great experience for me and gave me a chance to meet and make friends with many people from all over the world.”

Anna Marie Poczta

Visit the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) MA/PGDip page on the Swansea University website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

The typical entry requirement for the Teaching English as a Foreign Language programme is a first degree in English Language or a relevant discipline, normally a lower second or above or equivalent. Overseas students are expected to possess an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 5.5 in all other components.

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