MA TESOL Studies
The MA TESOL Studies course here at Leeds 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.
The School of Education at Leeds is ranked as one of the very best in the UK for the quality of both its research and teaching.
In Semester One, you’ll deepen your understanding of TESOL. You’ll focus on how people learn languages, how to describe and explain language to learners and the approaches you can take to teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
You will also explore the practical aspects of managing a language-learning classroom, and you will also have the opportunity to specialise in a specific area of TESOL, such as grammar and vocabulary teaching, materials analysis, young learners, or language assessment.
Throughout the year, you’ll use the knowledge and skills you gain to carry out a small-scale piece of research related to your own interests within education.
If you choose to study part-time, you’ll 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.
You will take five core modules throughout the year including your critical study. You will then take 30 credits from the optional modules below.
|Compulsory modules||Optional modules|
|- Analysing Language|
- Analysing Language learning
- Analysing Language Teaching
- Language Teaching Methodology
- MA TESOL Studies: Critical Study
|- Teaching Language to Young Learners|
- Technology-enhanced Language Learning
- Teaching and learning Vocabulary
- Assessing Language Learning
- Grammar Learning and Teaching
- Teaching Academic English
- Tasks and Materials in TESOL
- Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom
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, since 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’ll choose from a range of topics. To help you prepare, you’ll be able to submit a draft to your tutor for comment beforehand, and we offer other forms of support as well. You’ll 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.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
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.