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


Course Description

We have combined our practical, intercultural, applied approach to language teaching with our expertise in linguistics to create a TESOL Masters programme that will help you to realise your full potential as a top-quality teacher of English as a second or foreign language.

PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

Studying for your Masters in TESOL is the key to unlocking international career opportunities in a sector that is enjoying impressive sustained growth.

We will help you to master the main theories and principles of language learning and teaching so that you can apply them with confidence and imagination in your own teaching practice.

A range of optional modules will allow you to specialise, while the dissertation will enable you to undertake in-depth research into a topic of particular interest to you.

This course is a great complement to a teaching qualification, opening up opportunities to become an active member of the international academic and professional English Language Teaching community.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Second Language Acquisition and Learning
-English Grammar for Teachers
-Phonetics and Phonology for Teachers
-Language Teaching Methodology
-Curriculum Design -
-Research Methodologies
-Testing and Assessment in ELT
-Text and Discourse Analysis
-Teaching Intercultural Communication
-Computer Assisted Language Learning
-Teaching English for Specific Purposes
-ELT Materials: Design and Evaluation
-Teaching Young Learners
-Management in ELT
-Dissertation

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME

This programme is designed for students who have little or no previous language teaching experience or training but who have a strong interest in English language teaching and who are planning a career in the sector.

It's main aim is therefore to provide a sound academic basis in English language teaching through the exploration of major issues in language teaching and learning, including how practice is informed by theory, thereby determining the methods/approaches as well as the materials teachers use and their impact in ESOL classrooms.

The programme thus combines the study of the major principles of, and scholarly approaches to, TESOL with opportunities for application and practice. Specifically, the programme aims to:
-Advance students’ knowledge and understanding of the grammatical, lexical and phonological structures and stylistic registers of English and how they work together in producing effective communication
-Introduce students to theoretical issues in TESOL through an exploration of scholarly writing in the field and to the application of these theories within the ESOL classroom
-Promote critical engagement with concepts, theories and practices associated with English language teaching through reflection and evaluation
-Provide a theoretical and methodological framework within which students can take responsibility for their own learning and formulate and address their own research questions
-Provide opportunities for students to create and carry out a project of significant complexity in the field of TESOL
-Foster reflective practice

PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding
-Describe and explain the underlying grammatical, lexical and phonological structures of the English language
-Demonstrate understanding of the way communication is constructed, maintained or repaired through English
-Evaluate theoretical issues relevant to second language acquisition and learning
-Critically assess the principles underpinning curriculum design, language teaching methodology and materials selection
-Demonstrate understanding of the main issues relevant to testing and assessment of language learning
-Apply the principles which underpin the design and implementation of research projects in English language teaching

Intellectual/cognitive skills
-Demonstrate high level learning and problem-solving skills
-Reflect upon the knowledge gained and incorporate this into independent learning strategies and practical classroom practice
-Formulate and address research questions relating to the field of study
-Create and carry out a project of significant complexity in the field of TESOL
-Critically appreciate and evaluate theories of language acquisition and learning, curriculum design, teaching methodologies and apply this

Professional practical skills
-Apply theoretically informed understandings to various contexts in TESOL
-Critically assess the appropriate approaches for applying teaching and learning strategies within various TESOL context
-Apply appropriate English language teaching methodologies in various TESOL contexts
-Evaluate and apply appropriate methods of assessment and testing in language teaching
-Display competence in a range of skills at postgraduate level, including advanced analysis and synthesis of arguments, presentation, conducting independent research

Key/transferable skills
-Work both independently and with others in order to achieve common goals
-Manage learning self-critically
-Critically evaluate research using appropriate theoretical and/or methodological frameworks
-Organise and manage a research project of significant complexity

GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

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

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

TECHNE (AHRC) Studentships - No. of awards TBC

As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, University of Surrey students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). TECHNE is a consortium of seven universities in London and the South East offering a rich and diverse training programme for doctoral students with a focus on interdisciplinarity and developing career potential both in and beyond higher education. Studentships are awarded by TECHNE to the best students put forward by its member universities. The TECHNE training programme is enhanced by input and placement opportunities provided by TECHNE’s 13 partner organisations (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI and Science Museum) in the cultural sector. Please visit TECHNE to find out more about the aims and opportunities of TECHNE.TECHNE – the Consortium is named in reference to the Greek term for craft – will create a new model for collaborative research skills training for PGR students across seven higher education institutions (Royal Holloway, Brighton University, Kingston University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, University of the Arts London). TECHNE’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Students will benefit from a diversity of training opportunities and be able to draw on supervisory expertise from across the Consortium.It is not possible to apply directly to TECHNE for a studentship; applications for students wishing to be based at Surrey must be made via the University of Surrey. Your TECHNE application will therefore go through a two-stage process, being considered firstly by either the School of Arts or the School of English and Languages, to go forward to TECHNE and, if successful, secondly by a panel of subject specialists from TECHNE members.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Fee and Maintenance

Eligibility

Open to Home and EU candidates; please see guidance on residency requirements outlined in the RCUK’s Conditions of Research Council Training Grants
Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful

Application Procedure

The first step for all Candidates is to approach their prospective academic school and supervisor.
More Information is available at: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/ahrc/index.htm

Further Information

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/ahrc/index.htm


(Scholarship)

Faculty Studentship Competition - No. of awards TBC

Faculty Studentships are available in the following areasSchool of Arts:Cultural Production, Creative Practices, Dance, Digital Arts, Film, Interdisciplinary Arts, Music, Performance, Sound Recording, Theatre.School of English and Languages:English Literature, Creative Writing, Translation Studies, Modern Languages, Theoretic Linguistics (Morphology) and Applied Linguistics (Intercultural Communication).School of Social Sciences:Criminology and Criminal Justice; Developments in Methodology; Identities, Diversities, and the Life Course; Media, Culture and Communication; Science, Environment and Technologies; European politics; International politics; Social politics and methodology

Value of Scholarship(s)

TBC

Eligibility

Under the FASS Studentship Scheme Home / EU and International Students are eligible to apply for 2016 entry. Successful International students will be awarded a fees at the Home / EU Rate and a stipend. Please note that full international fees are not covered: candidates should ensure that they are in a position to cover the outstanding costs.Studentships will be awarded on the basis of the academic excellence of both the candidate and the research proposal. This is an extremely competitive process and only very high calibre candidates will be successful.

Application Procedure

The first step for all Candidates is to approach their prospective academic school and supervisor.More information is available at: http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/faculty/index.htm

Further Information

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/faculty/index.htm


(Scholarship)

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount

Eligibility

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/scholarships/discounts-surrey-graduates



Entry Requirements

A minimum of a UK 2.1 honours degree, or equivalent, in English Language or Modern Foreign Languages or Linguistics or relevant subject. Non-native speakers of English will also have to meet the English language requirements specified for this programme. No previous teaching experience is required. Candidates may be invited for interview, either in person or by Skype.

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