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

Course Description

The MA in TESOL course aims to connect theory and practice in language teaching, providing up-to-date knowledge of principles and issues in the field, together with consideration of their practical implications.

It is designed especially for those working in the field of English as a second/foreign language and has modules in language description, in pedagogy and in specialist related fields with this audience in mind.

There are three possible tracks: the dissertation track, the taught track for experienced teachers, and the Portfolio track for teachers with limited experience.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/english-language-and-applied-linguistics-pg/ma-english-language-teaching.aspx

Modules include:

• Foundations of language study
• Second language learning principles
• Language curriculum design
• Discourse analysis for language teachers
• Information technology for language teaching

Please note that all modules are subject to change

What career can you have?

Graduates from our postgraduate courses enter the following careers worldwide:
- University research, teaching and leadership

- Directing, managing and teaching in Language Teaching Institutions

- Teacher Training

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Study a subject with global relevance at a Department with a global reputation. With 1,300 graduates in more than 40 countries worldwide pursuing careers in education at all levels, the University's long-established ELT course is one example of our dedication to building expertise in the field.

Courses are flexibly delivered, to suit individual needs. All modules are carefully designed to connect theory to practice.

Specialist tracks are available for those with and without teaching experience. You can choose taught, dissertation or portfolio tracks, study on campus or on a distance learning basis; and pick from an exceptionally wide range of core and option modules.

At the University of Reading, our courses promote intellectual rigour, imaginative insight and critical awareness, and develop professionals who are thoughtful practitioners.

Located on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK, specialist facilities include outstanding library collections in ELT/Applied Linguistics, a self-access language learning centre, and access to corpus facilities. Independence and interactional competence are promoted through our mix of lectures, small-class seminars and blended online support. The Department supplements University pastoral care with individual personal tutor support and academic study skills training.

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

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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