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Course Description

If you’re an experienced TESOL professional, this programme will build on your knowledge and skills to explore how people learn languages and how English can be taught in different contexts.

The main difference between this programme and the MA TESOL is that on the MEd, the critical study must have a practical orientation, focusing on a professional issue in TESOL education and allowing you to apply what you’ve learned to real-life problems.

You’ll also study the approaches and principles underlying effective TESOL teaching, develop your skills in describing language in terms of sounds, words, grammar and discourse and think about how you can analyse a learner’s language to understand their proficiency. Optional modules will allow you to explore topics that suit your interests and career plans.

Taught by highly experienced TESOL professionals in one of the UK’s biggest language education departments, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to advance your career in TESOL education.

This is a comprehensive programme that will allow you to develop both academically and professionally.

In Semester One you’ll deepen your understanding of the foundations of TESOL – you’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

In Semester Two you’ll expand your knowledge of more specialist areas. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules to suit your own interests and professional contexts, such as developing TESOL materials, teaching young learners or assessing language learning. Alternatively you could choose modules from other areas of the School’s provision, for instance in areas such as digital learning, international educational management and theories of childhood and youth.

In the final part of the year, you’ll use your newly-acquired knowledge and skills to carry out a small-scale piece of research. Your critical study can be related to your own interests within the field of education – as a condition of the MEd programme, it needs to be practically focused and respond to a real-life professional issue in TESOL education.

To support your work on the project, you will take a non-assessed research methods course, while help with your academic writing is available throughout the year.

Visit the MEd TESOL page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) + 2 years' relevant experience

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