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  • Entry requirements
    The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed primarily for language graduates, ideally with either a teaching qualification or some teaching experience, who want to acquire in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, and who are interested in exploring new developments in language teaching and the use of technology in the classroom.
  • Academic Title
    MA in TESOL
  • Course description
    Key features of this programme include the opportunity to examine the theory, research and practical aspects of language teaching through observation, reflection and practice.

    There is also a focus on innovation in language learning and teaching, with the opportunity to explore the use of a range of technologies both in the classroom and online.

    International students have the opportunity to develop advanced English language skills and study techniques in the one-semester English for Academic Purposes module.

    The MA is delivered as a one-year full-time programme (comprising two teaching semesters followed by a dissertation) or part-time over four semesters.

    PROGRAMME CONTENT

    The central themes of the programme engage with theoretical and practical teaching issues. Students follow modules introducing them to second language acquisition and common features of language in Semester 1. In Semester 2 students have the opportunity to enhance their practical teaching skills and look at innovative approaches to teaching.

    The core module builds on theoretical expertise developed in the first semester.

    CORE MODULES

    In Semester 1, all students take the two core modules:

    -Second Language Acquisition
    -Language and Communication

    All international students who have not yet reached IELTS level 7 or equivalent take English for Academic Purposes as a core module.

    In Semester 2, all students take Approaches to English Language Teaching.

    In Semester 3, all students work on the Dissertation.

    OPTIONAL MODULES

    Semester 1

    -Learning Spaces and Communities
    -A new European language at beginner’s level (Part 1)
    -A postgraduate language learning and teaching module delivered online

    Semester 2

    -Language Change in the Modern World
    -Innovation in Language Teaching
    -A new European language at beginner’s level (Part 2)

    FURTHER MODULE INFORMATION

    A wide variety of other modules are available: please see the catalogue

    ASSESSMENT

    The primary methods of examination are essays and continuous assessment, followed by a 15,000-word dissertation for the Masters stage of the programme.

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    Note that there is also an opportunity to combine TESOL with Translation Studies, either with the emphasis on TESOL or with the emphasis on Translation Studies, selecting modules from each of the programmes. See pages 33 and 35.

    Members of the Department of Modern Languages have won a number of awards, including the European Award for Languages (twice), over the past five years.

    RESEARCH AREAS

    The department’s TESOL specialists offer supervision in many areas: for example, in linguistics, online language learning and second language acquisition, to name just a few.

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