MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics

General

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Program Description

This rich and exciting course blends research into recent developments in the industry with hands-on opportunities to develop your practical skills and your employability.

Interactive sessions are delivered by industry experts and key researchers. They include lectures and student-centred learning methodology such as discussions, debates and role-play to stimulate learning and demonstrate modern TESOL practise.

Right now, there’s a demand for skilled communicators ready to work in culturally diverse environments. It’s a demand our graduates are equipped to meet. Study with us and you can follow in the footsteps of former students pursuing careers around the world in schools, language schools and university language centres as managers, teacher trainers and consultants – to name but a few.

Choose to study the course on-campus full-time in one year or part-time over two.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is offering scholarships worth £2,000 for graduates with a first class honours or upper second class degree. Excellence scholarships are available to full-time home and EU students for 20/21 entry.

Features and Benefits

  • Study in a truly international environment – In recent years cohorts have included students from all over the world including, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Korea, Libya, Norway, Pakistan and Thailand to name a few.
  • Increase your Employability – With a strong focus on the practical realities of classroom teaching and learning, many of the assessment tasks on the MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics are designed to enhance your employability. For example, you may be asked to evaluate materials, design tests or design a course for a group of learners of your choice.
  • Develop your Teaching Skills – If you hold a Trinity Cert/CELTA certificate, as an alternative to the dissertation, you can choose to pursue the Professional Portfolio route where you will be observed teaching by Diploma and MA qualified practitioners and receive constructive feedback on your teaching. You will also be asked to produce a mini-research project of your choice.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning – If you hold a diploma in English Language Teaching, you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning, where you can opt-out of up to 50% of course content, significantly reduce the cost of your MA and study time.
  • Gain Teaching Experience at a UK University – As the university has a Language Centre where international students are learning English you have the option to practice your skills in real-life contexts. You would help these students with their pronunciation, fluency development and natural expression.
  • Continuing Professional Development – We have close links to NATESOL (Northern Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), a professional development charity organisation. As a Manchester Met student, you will qualify for free entry to all events and a discount to conferences held here where you can learn more about industry developments and network with practising professionals.
  • Support for students – Receive guidance throughout your studies, including feedback on assignments, writing and study skills sessions, dissertation workshops, study group feedback and personal consultations with course tutors and a postgraduate support tutor.
  • Additional support for International students – The Coaching for Academic English programme is free and includes English for Academic Purposes and Academic Skills classes, 1-2-1 writing consultations and online independent study materials.

"As part of teaching on this MA, I have been able to meet teachers from around the world, hear their stories and help them with their professional development. Having worked in a couple of different countries myself, teaching English and training teachers, I know what exciting times lie ahead for our MA students!"
Anthony Picot
Senior Lecturer in TESOL

Course Information

This programme is aimed at those interested in Applied Linguistics and the exciting and challenging profession of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is suitable for those at an early stage in their careers, those who are looking to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the area, and those interested in going on to PhD studies. Lectures and seminars are delivered by motivated, dedicated expert lecturers with many years of experience in both English Foreign Language teaching and postgraduate supervision. Assessment patterns are varied, practical and enjoyable. The teaching is engaging and learner-centred, and we make full use of the latest teaching and learning technology and techniques. 

Core units:

  • Language Teaching
  • Second Language Acquisition and Learning
  • Sound, Structure, Meaning: Describing Language
  • Assessing Second Language Learners
  • Course Design and Academic Management
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Indicative option units:

  • Language in a Globalised World
  • Learning and Teaching Vocabulary
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Independent Study
  • Uniwide Language 

Study and assessment breakdown

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study
  • Part-time 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination
  • Part-time 100% coursework; 0% practical; 0% examination

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least an upper second-class undergraduate UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in TESOL, Linguistics, English Language, English, Education or a related/compatible subject or combination of subjects. Candidates with a lower second-class degree or degrees from unrelated disciplines are however encouraged to apply and will be considered on their merits, as will people with non-traditional qualifications. Some teaching experience is desirable, but not essential, provided applicants can show evidence of sustained interest in TESOL.

English language requirements

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU Students

  • Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £1,417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island Students

  • Full-time fee: £16,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Part-time fee: £2,667 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Costs

Specialist costs

  • Optional estimate: £400

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop of up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Professional costs

  • Optional estimate: £44

No costs. However, DBS certification is very occasionally required for projects requiring research students to work with children the cost is £44 (in 2016).

Career Prospects

Our practical MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics provides a global opportunity for career development for new and experienced teachers alike. On completion of this course, you will be well-placed to become professionally involved in the fields including:

  • Teaching English, or to become a teacher trainer
  • School manager
  • Educational adviser
  • Consultant
  • Materials developer
  • Exam writer

Graduates from the course are now working in a variety of educational settings including:

  • Language schools
  • Colleges
  • Primary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Government organisations internationally. 

Others have undertaken further studies and training, which have included either a higher research degree or other teaching diplomas. This programme will also prepare students for further study at PhD level.

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Manchester Metropolitan University is home to a diverse international student population from more than 130 countries. The University is ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old, which is a measure of its commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Manchester Metropolitan provides its students with regular employability events including advice workshops, industry networking, guest speakers and careers fairs. The University also has industry links with many global companies, including IBM, Bentley Motors, Bosch, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, Manchester City Football Club and Walt Disney. A range of scholarships exclusive to international students is also available, up to the value of £5,000. Read less