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

Interested in finding out more about this programme? Book your place at the Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

This masters degree will:

  • enhance your understanding of key concepts and ideas dealt with in the professional and academic literature relevant to TESOL
  • give you insight into a wider range of perspectives on the theory, policy and practice of TESOL
  • analyse, synthesise and evaluate primary and secondary sources
  • help you to plan and implement small-scale research projects
  • develop your aptitude for sustained and independent argument
  • increase your capacity for critical self-reflection.

Features

This masters degree provides the opportunity to:

  • discuss and debate issues related to teaching English as a foreign or second language
  • explore the interface between theory and practice
  • discuss your ongoing work in individual tutorials, and receive detailed feedback on drafts of assessed work
  • reflect on your own professional work in the light of current theory and research in TESOL
  • envisage new possibilities for action in the future.

Who is this programme for?

Practising teachers of English as a second or foreign language (ESL, EFL, ESOL) throughout the world. We accept teachers of other languages on the understanding that most of the examples used during the programme will be drawn from English language teaching.

Entry requirements

Normally, a good first degree in a relevant field (e.g. English language, literature, modern foreign languages, linguistics, education) plus a minimum of two years' full time (or equivalent part-time) language teaching experience post first degree.

Candidates with less teaching experience will be considered if they have an outstanding academic record in a relevant field and can demonstrate insight into language learning and teaching.

If you have successfully completed the Cambridge ESOL Diploma in English Language Teaching (DELTA) or the Trinity Diploma in TESOL within the past six years, you are eligible for exemption from one 30-credit optional module.

Core topics


  • Language teaching and methodology
  • Sociolinguistic and sociocultural perspectives on language teaching
  • Describing and analysing language systems.

Related topics

(Please note that you may not be able to study all topics in any one year)

  • World Englishes
  • Globalisation and language policy
  • Discourse, society and culture
  • Language teacher identity and teacher development
  • Materials development
  • Second language acquisition
  • Teaching English for academic purposes
  • Teaching in bilingual and multilingual settings
  • Language and identity.

How are you assessed?

By coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words and a dissertation portfolio of up to 17,500 words.

Attendance

Face-to-face daytime and/or evening sessions.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this masters degree are currently working as:

  • English language teachers from the early years to higher education
  • textbook and materials writers, editors and publishers
  • education journalists
  • NGO and development officers
  • education consultants, policy advisers and researchers.

 

Core modules

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