The Masters programme in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at York St John University aims to improve your understanding of recent theory in English language teaching, as well as providing you with the practical skills you need to teach successfully. Many of the modules involve the collection and analysis of data from students and teachers at the York St John International Centre. We aim to help you develop your research skills and encourage you to present and publish your findings to the English language teaching community.
The programme is designed for both experienced and intending teachers of English and attracts both home and international students from a range of different countries. Together, we share our experience of learning and teaching English, comparing our experience with research in our academic field, and learn to reflect on and plan for effective teaching in a wide variety of contexts. Our students tell us that the York St John University MA TESOL is a challenging and useful experience.
I look forward to welcoming you onto our programme in the near future.
- Rachel Wicaksono, Head of Programme
Why should I apply for the MA TESOL?
A Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages qualifies you to teach English as a foreign or second language anywhere in the world (specific requirements will vary between schools and countries). So, if you want a career that is varied and exciting, or if you are already teaching English and want to prepare yourself for more responsibility, the MA TESOL could be for you.
Experienced teachers of English may be awarded credits on the basis of their qualifications and experience. For newly qualified and intending teachers, the Practical English Language Teaching module will provide a solid grounding for further development.
Whatever experience you bring to the programme, our aim is to assist you in the development of your professional practice and further your career in English language teaching at home or overseas. We aim to give you the opportunity to develop your individual interests within the context of your current and future classroom practice.
What will I study?
The programme is designed to be studied either full-time over 12 months or part-time (through evening classes or day release) over a maximum of 5 years. If you are unable to complete the Masters degree, you may work for the intermediate award of Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in TESOL. The programme offers a September or January start.
How is the programme structured?
The programme comprises four taught modules and a dissertation.
Module 1: Practical English Language Teaching
This module is taught intensively at the beginning of the programme. It provides an overview of the socio-cultural context of English language teaching in today’s world. You will also gain a solid grounding in practical techniques and theoretical concepts that contribute to current practice in the profession. If you already have a DELTA or Diploma in TESOL (or equivalent) you will be awarded the relevant credits for this module and will not be required to attend.
Module 2: Second Language Acquisition
This module provides an overview of the main aspects of second language acquisition by examining key theoretical positions and research findings. You will have the opportunity to examine how theories shape our view of language learning and teaching, and impact on the way courses are delivered.
Module 3: Language Teaching Methodology
This module examines the development of language teaching methodology and explores the issues that have generated, and continue to generate, debate within the profession. It provides an opportunity for you to re-examine your own experiences of language learning and teaching in the light of current thinking in the discipline.
Module 4: Classroom Language Research
This module provides an overview of research related specifically to language classrooms and will give you a deeper understanding of the processes and outcomes of different classroom practices, giving you greater confidence to experiment in your own teaching. The module will also raise your awareness of research methodology issues that will be applicable to your own research.
Module 5: Dissertation
Your final module will be a dissertation on a topic that you will agree with your supervisor. This module is an opportunity for you to explore in depth a specific aspect of English language teaching and focus on an area of interest or particular branch of English language teaching. You will gain experience in formulating ideas and hypotheses, devising sound research methodology, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting your findings in a dissertation of 10,000 -12,000 words. Some of our previous students’ dissertations are published on the York St John institutional digital repository. These are available to the public and accessible using most Internet search engines.
How is the programme taught?
The programme is taught through lectures and seminars, together with independent and group research and study conducted outside formal teaching sessions. You will be encouraged to tailor your study to specific areas of interest within the broader context of the course programme, ensuring that your study relates directly to your future career path.