MA TESOL (IDL)
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Course starts: 17 October 2022Apply now
MA Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (DL) provides you with an in-depth, theoretical knowledge of the English Language; contextualises and evaluates global TESOL from a contemporary viewpoint; and develops your identity and classroom practice as a language educator.
The MA TESOL qualification is well respected and opens doors to higher level roles and business opportunities in a truly international field.
This flexible, distance-learning course is mindfully designed for students who may also be working as teachers or in other jobs. The materials are available to work through in your own time each week.
Our MA TESOL course allows you to learn from anywhere in the world and will require internet access to engage with the materials and interact with other students and the staff in online discussions. Your tutors will guide and support you via email, phone and Canvas, the university virtual learning environment.
The programme is in three phases - certificate, diploma and dissertation.
Examine how teaching principles come to life in the classroom through a blend of theory and practice. Discuss and implement developments in the TESOL classroom such as: exploratory practice, symbolic competence, EAL, intercultural communication, principled eclecticism and online teaching.
Explore how a knowledge of linguistics can inform and enhance your teaching of English to speakers of other languages. Study up-to-date perspectives on language study and focus on topic areas such as syntax, lexis and semantics, pragmatics, register and genre and multimodality.
Gain a comprehensive introduction to the research process as it relates to enquiry in TESOL and applied linguistics. Explore research methods and the research process which will help you in preparation of your dissertation.
Optional diploma level modules (choose one):
Trace historical developments in the major theories of how second and foreign languages are learned.Start with an overview of the cognitive approach and cover each of the subsequent theories of language learning, including Acculturation Theory, Sociocultural Theory and important ideas around Identity. Consider how these ideas can translate into classroom practice.
Study the exciting and rapidly developing field of corpus linguistics, tailored to the needs and interests of TESOL/TEFL professionals. Develop a critical understanding of the nature and scope of corpus linguistics as an approach to language description and analysis. Learn how to use a selection of tools which have been developed to analyse corpora, and learn how to build your own corpus. Explore the ways in which the findings of corpus linguistics have been applied in the language classroom and in the preparation of teaching materials.
Based on project proposals negotiated during the diploma period, work independently but with support and directive guidance from an agreed supervisor. Apply knowledge, skills and experience developed earlier in the course by undertaking a substantial piece of research based on primary sources. Topics may include those related to classroom practice and language in use but must have a theoretical as well as a practical basis.
Please note that modules may vary from year to year. Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Our typical offer is:
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If you already hold a postgraduate qualification, please see our Applying for additional postgraduate degrees Help and Advice article.
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.
We usually require applicants to hold a second class honours degree however alternative qualifications and teaching experience can be taken into consideration.
We offer automatic exemption from the certificate phase if you have a full DELTA or Trinity Diploma in TESOL certificate.
If you require proof of your English Language level, we accept an IELTS score of 6.5 with no skill less than 5.5 or an equivalent SELT. If you were educated in English for your degree, diploma or CELTA, this can also be considered.
The fee for this course is £7,828.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
A TESOL qualification is an essential qualification for many overseas teaching jobs. Career options can include senior roles in educational institutions, educational advisers, and educational inspectors.
You will find that possessing a masters in TESOL will also support a career in other fields, as employers recognise the higher levels of research, analysis and communication that a postgraduate degree requires.
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