Master in Education: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Máster en Educación: Enseñanza de Inglés para Extranjeros
Are you interested in a career in English language teaching? Are you already a teacher of English and want to advance your professional standing?
On our distinctive MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) we explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice. The programme encourages you to use the concepts and theories that you encounter during your course of study in your own classroom. You will cover a range of topics including language teaching methodology; second language acquisition; syllabus and materials and much more.
We usually require an upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in TEFL/TESL or TESOL, English Language or another relevant subject (e.g. Linguistics, Translation Studies). Appropriate work experience will also be taken into consideration.
We accept a range of qualifications;
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course we ask for IELTS 6.5 in all bands.
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
Your four core modules are as follows:
Introduction to Language
This module introduces you to the analysis of English lexico-grammar, with some emphasis on the relevance of linguistic description to language teachers – that is, on applying methods of analysis to the teaching of grammar and vocabulary. You will be encouraged to apply knowledge gained to aspects of your own professional practice.
Syllabus and Materials Design
This module considers the problems involved in reconciling syllabus and materials design with what is known about the process of language learning and the attempts of established approaches to language syllabus design to solve such problems. The module examines a variety of approaches, including some relatively radical solutions, e.g. the establishment of a pedagogic corpus, the use of a task-based methodology, and the development of analytical exercises.
Second Language Learning and Teaching
In this module, the process of language acquisition is examined from a range of perspectives: [a] the linguistic knowledge that learners bring to the task; [b] how learners process input; [c] the kinds of input that help to maximise acquisition. A range of approaches to and methods of language teaching are introduced and critically evaluated in terms of their underlying principles and their efficacy, with some emphasis on the ‘Communicative Approach’. Specific techniques which illustrate the practical application of current theories and research findings in L2 acquisition and pedagogy are examined.
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
This module aims to provide you with a grounding methods and approaches to research in Applied Linguistics.
You will also choose your two optional modules from a range which may include the following:
In the spring term -
Cognitive Approaches to Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Linguistics and Language Learning
Computer Assisted Language Learning
Discourse for Teachers
English as a Global Language
Issues and Approaches in English for Academic Purposes
Language and Gesture
Language and New Media
Language and Politics
Language, Style and Identity
Language Teaching Observation and Practice
Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School. The University also offers a wide range of activities and services to give our students the edge in the job market, including: career planning designed to meet the needs of postgraduates; opportunities to meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs, employer presentations and skills workshops; individual guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique; and access to comprehensive listings of hundreds of graduate jobs and work experience opportunities.