Includes observed teaching practice both for pre-experience language teachers and post-experience teachers wishing to further develop their teaching skills
A balanced blend of theoretical input in language teaching and linguistics and practical skills development
Engages teachers with reflection on professional practice and research in English language teaching
Develops reflection and research skills to support continuing professional development
Students will typically have a good undergraduate degree (at least a 2:1) in an appropriate specialism from a recognised higher education institution. Teaching experience is welcome but not essential.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 6 or 7 modules at another university. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university. Applicants with a Cambridge ESOL Delta or a Trinity College London Diploma in TESOL (DipTESOL) gained within the last 6 years can receive 60 credits, equivalent to the credits from the first trimester, so can therefore join the programme in the second trimester.
It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional development by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning).
Students wishing to take the Independent Study module in the first trimester must supply evidence of teaching experience in the form of a letter from a past/current employer. The decision to allow a student to follow the independent study option will be taken by the Award Leader after discussion with the student and considering the evidence provided.
International students, whose first language is not English, are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the four components.
The first trimester begins with Theory and Practice of TESOL and Language Analysis for TESOL. These modules include theoretical knowledge and practical skills both for classroom practice and language analysis. Reflection, as a core knowledge area for the degree, is firmly set into the learning and assessment for both modules. Observed teaching placement runs throughout the trimester with the latter module focusing on practical language analysis tasks and reflection on language analysis approaches. For suitably experienced teachers the Independent Study module is an option to be discussed with the Award Leader.
Trimester schedule 2014/15: Each module runs for 10 weeks and involves two three hour sessions, one for each module on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and placement in a school on Tuesday each week. We also recommend you spend at least 20 hours on private independent study per module per week.
The second trimester builds on the first with a more critical and in-depth focus on TESOL theories of learning and teaching in Second Language Learning and Teaching. This module incorporates further observed teaching practice and reflection on theory and practice. The research module, Research Methods in Social Science, allows for an individual focus on research methods and begins the thinking for the dissertation. This is a key trimester for the dissertation where reflection and discussion on research ideas and core TESOL areas is encouraged.
Trimester schedule 2014/15: Each module runs for 10 weeks and involves two three hour sessions, one for each module on Wednesday and Friday mornings, and placement in a school each week. We also recommend you spend at least 20 hours on private independent study per module per week.
In your third trimester you will continue your studies through researching and writing your Dissertation (60 credits). Your dissertation topic is chosen in consultation with a nominated supervisor. This process begins in trimester two, in conjunction with the research module, allowing for ideas to develop and time to explore alternative concepts and methodologies before fully embarking on your research. Trimester three is primarily independent study with support from your supervisor through various channels such as face-to-face and skype discussions, with online and/or email feedback.
Successful completion of the MA TESOL will reveal new or alternate career options including: English language teaching (general or specialised), promotion possibilities, language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Educational management, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies.
The programme also serves as a stepping stone to PhD studies in TESOL, education and linguistics.
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