We’ll aid your understanding of the key theories and principles in TESOL, providing a balance of academic and professional content and experience. You’ll develop your ability in language analysis and understanding, as well as furthering your knowledge on how to incorporate this appropriately in class materials.
We have a flexible and supportive learning programme that develops your current understanding and knowledge in TESOL, while providing you with the necessary research and reflection skills to continue on your academic or professional career path.
Throughout the programme the amount of independent study gradually increases, both within and across modules, in order to build your confidence and self-reliance. As your future continuing professional development is also important to us, reflection, as a key skill, is interwoven into all modules to nurture your ability to continue learning beyond the MA TESOL.
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.
We aim to develop confident, well informed, resourceful language teaching practitioners who are capable of designing and teaching comprehensive language programmes. You’ll extend your knowledge base by engaging in independent research into your own practice and setting.
The MA TESOL is available both full and part-time, and for international students there is a low residency option. There are two entry points in the year, September and February, with just one entry point in September for the low residency route.
In this first trimester your studies will include a mix of a practical and theoretical elements. You’ll have your first placement opportunity which you will be encouraged to reflect on in class. The development of your independent study skills begins in this trimester also.
We’ll continue developing your practical teaching skills through detailed discussion of relevant theories alongside your second placement. Your independence as a learner develops through being involved in leadership roles in weekly discussions on related theoretical topics. You’ll begin to prepare for your dissertation by strengthening your knowledge on research methodology and developing a dissertation proposal.
This trimester sees the culmination of the skills you’ve developed as you gather and analyse data, and write up this research in your dissertation.
Part time students follow the same sequence of modules, but do so over two years.
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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