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


Course Description

A TESOL MA can enhance the career prospects of a second or foreign language teacher and contribute to professional development. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and other MA students from around the world.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/teaching-english-speakers-other-languages-tesol-ma

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

This programme will give you the opportunity to discuss and debate issues related to teaching second and foreign languages. You will also develop your knowledge of how theory can inform practice in second and foreign language education. You will deepen your understanding of key concepts and ideas, and develop your ability to select, design and evaluate language teaching materials.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

- Core Modules
Fundamentals of Second and Foreign Language Teaching
Sociolinguistics and Sociocultural Theory

- Options
Assessment: Issues and Practice
Contemporary Issues in English Education
Discourse Society and Culture
Early Childhood Education
Education and Development in Asia
Education and International Development: Concepts, Theories and Issues
Education Traditions and Systems in Europe
English in Diverse World Contexts
Internet Cultures: Theory and Practice
Language and Identity
Language Development
Language Teacher Identity and Development
Learning and Teaching with Technologies
Literacy Development
materials Development for Language Teaching
Perspectives on Adult Literacy, Language and Numeracy
Second Language Acquisition
Technology and Education Beyond the Classroom
Theoretical Foundations of Educational Ideas
Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)

- Dissertation/report
All students submit a 2,500-word research proposal and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching combines various forms, such as lectures, workshops, projects, student presentations, and student led discussions. Within sessions, students often engage in individual, pair and group task which are then fed back to the leanly. Assessment is by coursework and presentation. Various coursework types are used as appropriate to the module.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: EU students
Criteria:

- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

- IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Fulbright
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

-IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as English language teachers from early years to higher education, while others have jobs as senior managers and directors of study in the private sector and in state schools. Graduates can also be found working as textbook writers, editors, publishers, education journalists, NGO and development officers, education consultants, policy advisers, researchers and PhD students.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- ESOL Tutor, Hackney College (2011)
- Teaching Fellow at UCL CPS, UCL (2012)
- Director of Applied English Department, Wagor Bilingual Academy (Senior High School) (2012)
- Maths Teacher, Basildon Academies (2013)
- IELTS Professional Support Network Manager, British Council (2013)

- Employability
The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, research-based education based on the latest developments in the area of TESOL. This will give them a natural advantage when applying for teaching or other TESOL-related posts. We also help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, through departmental talks and other networking opportunities within the department and the wider UCL community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This TESOL degree combines research-informed learning with the opportunity to reflect on and enhance your own professional practice. You will receive strong support throughout from our team of tutors all of whom have international experience in EFL and ESL.

You will also become part of one of the oldest and most well-known centres for English language teacher development, and will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers from the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics as well as MA students from all around the world.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL, EFL, ESOL) throughout the world. We accept teachers of other languages on the understanding that most of the examples used during the programme will be drawn from English language teaching.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at graduate level
- why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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



All Available Videos:


(Student Profile)

Ayano Shino

"The TESOL programme at the IOE has proved to be the best programme for me because it has allowed me to specialise in and develop a deep understanding of the TESOL framework in light of sociolinguistics. All lecturers and administrators in my programme have been really caring and enthusiastic so I can focus clearly on my studies and having discussions with my tutor and supervisor."

(Student Profile)

Cynthia Lee

"I started my teaching career in Hong Kong tertiary institutions as an English Language Instructors for some years, and then I pursued my doctoral degree. I am currently an associate professor at the Language Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University. I won't forget my days at the IOE and it is my privilege to serve and introduce the IOE to Hong Kong students."


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2:2 first degree in a relevant subject (e.g. English, languages, education, linguistics). Applicants normally need at least two years' full-time language teaching experience or part-time equivalent post first degree. Applicants normally also have a teaching qualification although this is not an entry requirement.

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