MA TESOL Studies
MA TESOL Studies provides candidates who have little or no previous experience of teaching with the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in English Language Teaching, offering an excellent step towards a career in TESOL.
You will explore the essential elements in language teaching, studying the processes of learning and teaching language, in addition to the study of language itself. You will also develop the knowledge and skills required to evaluate TESOL theoretical frameworks, materials and procedures in addition to those required for the practical management of the classroom.
Language education expertise
The Language Education Team in the School of Education is nationally and internationally recognised for its range of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy work in TESOL, ELT, EFL, ESOL, EAL, Modern Foreign Languages, and Applied Linguistics.
We are one of the largest language education teams in the UK. As education practitioners, we have a wide range of experience of teaching and teacher education work in many contexts in the UK and around the world. As researchers, we have a broad range of expertise across the discipline with ongoing research projects in teacher development, language use in migrant communities, learning with digital technologies, and IELTS preparation courses.
I’ve gained classroom management knowledge as well as the development of language skills. The micro-teaching sessions enable us to practice these skills for when we eventually manage a real classroom.
TESOL Studies MA
In semester one, you will study three core modules exploring the English language, how second languages are learned and, in general terms, how they may be taught. In semester two, you will study the practicalities of teaching English, undertake micro-teaching and have a chance to specialise through choosing from a set of modules including Teaching Academic English and Assessing Language Learning.
You will use the knowledge and skills you gain over the course of the year to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within TESOL.
If you choose to study part-time, you will study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Dissertation in MA TESOL Studies 60 credits
- Analysing Language Learning 30 credits
- Analysing Language Teaching 15 credits
- Language Teaching Methodology 30 credits
- Analysing Language 15 credits
- Technology Enhanced Language Learning 30 credits
- Children and young people: citizenship, participation and social justice 30 credits
- Learning and Teaching Vocabulary 15 credits
- Grammar, Learning and Teaching 15 credits
- Teaching Academic English 15 credits
- Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom 15 credits
- Tasks and Materials for TESOL 15 credits
- Assessing Language Learning 15 credits
- Teaching Languages to Young Learners 30 credits
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, group work and lectures. Specialist modules also use online learning to give you hands-on experience of using online teaching materials. However, independent study is an important aspect of this programme, either alone or in a group, as it allows you to develop key research, analysis and communication skills and develop your own ideas.
Most of our modules are assessed through written assignments, which you will choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you will be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand. You will also complete group projects and project reports.
The majority of our students are international students, and they tend to return to their home countries to embark on careers in English language teaching in primary, secondary or tertiary education in the private or public sectors.
Many such graduates are now teaching in, for example, university language centres, private language schools, or state secondary schools in the Middle East, China, Japan, Korea or Cyprus.
Each year we do have some UK students, some of whom remain in the UK teaching ESOL, while others go abroad.
The methodological skills and theoretical knowledge they develop have allowed some to move into teaching other languages, such as Chinese.
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The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.