Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Teacher Education)

This programme for professionals already involved in, or interested in learning about TESOL teacher education introduces you to current thinking about what language teachers need to know and how they can be helped to learn it.

You’ll study core modules alongside students on our other TESOL programmes, exploring how people learn languages and the strategies teachers use to develop the key skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Then you’ll build on this in specialist modules, through exploring the goals and processes of teacher education and how TESOL teachers’ learning can be supported.

You’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules such as the use of technology in language learning, materials development and issues surrounding assessment.

Taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in TESOL, you’ll benefit from a wide range of resources and support. You’ll gain valuable skills to support and empower TESOL professionals in their own practice.

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’re 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, and as researchers, we have a broad range of expertise across the discipline.


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’ll then focus on aspects of teacher education in Semester 2. These will include consideration of the goals and processes of teacher education, ideas about training, development and mentoring, the role of the teacher as a researcher and the principles underpinning the design and implementation of training programmes for TESOL teachers.

In addition, you’ll choose from a range of optional modules on topics like the use of technology in language learning, grammar and vocabulary teaching and issues surrounding assessment of language learning.

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 teacher education. To help you develop the research skills for this module, you’ll also take the module Research Methods for TESOL, but this will not be assessed as part of the course.

If you choose to study part-time, you’ll study over a longer period and take fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

You’ll take five compulsory modules including your critical study. You’ll then select 30 credits from the optional modules below.

Compulsory modulesOptional modules
- Critical Study
- Learning and Teaching in TESOL
- Investigating Language for TESOL
- Teacher Education for TESOL
- The Practice of Supporting Language Teacher Learning
- Directed Study in Education 1
- Technology Enhanced Language Learning
- Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
- Grammar, Learning and Teaching
- Teaching Academic English
- Corpus Linguistics in the Classroom
- The TESOL curriculum and TESOL change
- Assessing Language Learning
- Materials Development for TESOL

Learning and teaching

You’ll generally have around 8-10 hours of classes per week including seminars, tutorials and lectures. 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.

Assessment

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.


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) plus 2 years' teaching (ideally teacher education) experience. We will consider applicants with alternative qualifications and experience on an individual basis.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Education Postgraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If English is not your first language, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course before you begin your studies. This can help if you:

  • don't meet the English language requirements for your course or
  • want to improve your understanding of academic language and practices in your area of study.

Our pre-sessional courses are designed with a progression route to the degree programme and are tailored to the subject area. For information and entry requirements, read Language for Education (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Education (10 weeks).

How to apply

Application deadlines

We generally advise you to apply before the end of July.

This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
 
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Documents and information you need

A copy of your degree certificate or equivalent and transcripts

Two references

Evidence of your English language qualifications is English is not your first language

A personal statement of 750-1,000 words explaining how you would be suited to the programme.

Admissions policy

School of Education Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: £6,000

International: £15,000

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out if you can get help at Postgraduate funding.


Career opportunities

MA TESOL Teacher Education graduates have gone on to take up positions as pre and in-service English language teacher educators within universities or local educational administrations in various parts of the world.

Careers support

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.


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