Duration and mode of study
One year full-time or two years part-time.
September each year.
Applicants should normally be preparing for work in the ELT field, with at least a relevant second class honours degree or equivalent from a non-UK university (GPA 3.0 or above) plus evidence of commitment to teaching English as a second or foreign language (e.g. through short-term employment as a language teacher, or higher education courses in applied linguistics or language education, preferably with associated teaching practice or internship). Those who are not native speakers of English need to have a proficiency level equivalent to GCSE Grade C, IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 paper/IBT90 (including a minimum of 4.0 in the TWE); Cambridge Proficiency Grade C or above. A minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent in each of the four skills is required.
The MA TESOL is designed to provide a thorough grounding in both theory and practice of language teaching to those students with little previous experience of teaching English.
- Language Teaching in Action: Principles and Practice
- Second Language Teaching and Learning
- Description of English: Grammar Awareness, Phonology and Pronunciation Teaching
- Two out of a range of options (options offered will vary from year to year)
- Professional Enquiry in TESOL or a dissertation
Teaching and assessment methods
On campus teaching is seminar-based, with tutorial support. Assessment is through written assignments and some tests, presentations and project work, depending on the module. Students are encouraged to develop their transferable skills, including IT and oral presentation.
Find out more about this course on the School of Education website.