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MSc in Teaching English Language in University Settings

Course Description

A specialised distance MSc in Applied Linguistics and TESOL

This innovative two-year part-time course offers a cutting-edge introduction to the linguistic and pedagogic knowledge and skills needed for teaching English language in higher education. Taught mostly via distance, it is characterised by intense online interaction and feedback, using a range of communication media. Its small-group teaching format pursues the Oxford tradition of demanding much of students and giving them much in return.

Students are admitted as Postgraduate Diploma students. Those who complete the Diploma at a high level may progress to the MSc, subject to a satisfactory dissertation research proposal.

Is this course for you?

Are you preparing students for university studies in an English-medium institution? Are you teaching English to students in arts, science or social science subjects who need to access literature in English in their discipline? Are you co-teaching at university level with content lecturers whose first language is not English? Are you aspiring to move on to teaching in one of the many university settings worldwide where English is important? If so, this course offers you a stimulating environment in which you can broaden your knowledge, deepen your understanding and sharpen your skills in contact with current research in applied linguistics.

What prior experience do you need?

Applicants are expected to have English teaching experience (normally at least one year), a willingness to reflect upon their teaching, and a commitment to work very hard undertaking an exciting intellectual endeavour.

How is the course taught?

The course is taught over two academic years, preceded each year by a week’s residential module in Oxford (in 2016, 14th -19th August). Numbers on the course are kept low, to ensure quality of teaching and learning: in each year we aim to recruit a maximum of eight students, for a total of sixteen students in the two year groups working together in a given year.

There are four distance-taught modules per year, spread over two eight-week terms from October to April. The assessment for each module comprises a take-home examination and a reflective portfolio. In the third term of the first year, students may pursue guided individual study on a chosen topic, and students who wish to progress to MSc usually take advantage of this opportunity to begin developing a dissertation project.

Who teaches the course?

The tutor for this course is Dr. Heath Rose. Heath is an experienced teacher educator, having coordinated the M.Phil. in English Language Teaching at Trinity College Dublin before coming to Oxford, and previously having worked on The University of Sydney’s M.Ed in TESOL. Heath has been engaged in English Language Teaching since 1997, and has worked with students in university settings since 2003. In delivering the course, he combines this practical experience with his research background in second language teaching and learning. Heath is the co-author of Introducing Global Englishes (Routledge), and the forthcoming books Global Englishes for Language Teaching (Cambridge University Press), and Doing Research in Applied Linguistics (Routledge).

Heath will be supported by other lecturers in Oxford's applied linguistics research group, as well as a teaching assistant. This means that for each module there will always be two of three academics working with students and helping with learning questions and technical questions.

Visit the MSc in Teaching English Language in University Settings page on the University of Oxford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A good degree (2:1 or above)

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