Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is a specialist field within the area of TESOL. Teaching foreign languages to young children is an area of growing importance internationally. The TEYL course is for you, if you are a practising language teacher or wish to move into teacher training or academic management, also if you want to take a principled yet practical exploration of how to inspire young learners.
At the University of South Wales, the MA TEYL course is concerned with the special language and learning needs of young learners. The course explores these needs by looking at practical ideas and activities, as well as research that throws light on what happens in classrooms where children are being taught a foreign language.
Throughout the MA TEYL you will apply theory to practice, and focus on effective materials design, stories and engaging and creative activities.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
In common with all the MA Education pathways you will take the core module Research Methodology. In addition you will study the two specialist modules:
TESOL: Material Design & Evaluation
Teaching English to Young Learners
You will study key learning principles for young language learners and relate these to the evaluation of tasks and activities for the classroom. As games, stories, drama and engaging activities play a crucial role in the young learner classroom, you will examine, evaluate and design language teaching materials.
You will also gain a professional understanding of spoken discourse and how this develops in childhood. Furthermore, as vocabulary development is crucial for young learners, you will examine how vocabulary is acquired by second language learners, and what tasks and materials are effective for this.
The course will also focus on the development of literacy skills, and an awareness of pedagogic strategies for classroom teaching of literacy through stories and theme based teaching and learning.
You will then make one further module choice that allows you to study issues related to TESOL and language acquisition, course design, or current issues and challenges within Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL).
To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.
Learning and teaching methods
You will learn via a mixture of core and specialist modules. Part-time students will take two years to complete the course plus dissertation (typically one evening per week). Full-time students will take one year to complete the course plus dissertation. Participants are allowed to take a maximum of five years to complete the programme.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high-level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.
If you are interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.
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