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

General

Program Description

Overview

The MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics is an exciting and innovative course that is designed to equip you with the skills essential for a career in one of the world's fastest-growing professions.

The course is delivered by lecturers with years of experience in English language teaching and postgraduate supervision.

Learner-centred teaching allows you to reflect on the practice and theory of TESOL with expert support, in light of the most recent advances in the understanding of language teaching and learning. The programme combines the study of theories, methods and materials with a detailed analysis of language and an awareness of practical research methods. It will prepare you for work in multiple educational environments and is also an excellent preparation for further postgraduate study.

Length

  • 1 year: full-time
  • 2 years: part-time

Features and Benefits

  • Study in a truly international environment. Recent courses have had students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Korea, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Thailand.
  • Benefit from a strong focus on the practical realities of classroom teaching and learning, using a problem-solving approach.
  • Teaching is in small classes, allowing a good balance of individual, team and group work. You will have the opportunity to join in seminars involving discussion, debates, presentations, video-based activities, and practical research projects.
  • Receive guidance throughout your studies, including extensive support in the form of tutorials, feedback on assignments, writing and study skills sessions, dissertation workshops, study group feedback and personal consultations to help you make the most of your studies.
  • Extra support for academic writing available to all students through the Writing Project and also specifically for International students through Coaching for Academic English.
Key skills developed include:
  • Ability to communicate inter-culturally and across various social groups
  • Development of capacity for community involvement and social responsibility
  • Ability to unveil ideological and power positions embedded and coded in language use
  • Ability to explore notions of correctness and attitudes towards language use
  • Appreciation of the inherent variation within the language and the concept of language change over time
  • Understanding how language is used across different social groups and development of skills for successful communication across such sectors
  • Emphasis on in-depth critical analysis of current social data from various social contexts such as media, institutions, private sphere, etc.
  • Development of techniques for collection of data and analysis using appropriate packages where necessary (such as statistical packages, corpus tools, etc.).
Other transferable skills include:
  • Ability to construct, justify and manage an argument
  • Working as a team to achieve common goals
  • Using initiative and working independently
  • Ability to recognise and solve problems
  • Self-management with the ability to carry out personal reflection
  • Time-management and organisation skills

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 field of teaching English or to become a teacher trainer, school manager, educational adviser, consultant, materials developer, exam writer and more. Graduates from the course are now working in a variety of educational settings including language schools, colleges, primary schools, secondary schools and 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.

Graduate Profile

"I'm really glad I decided to do the MA TESOL course at Manchester Metropolitan University and I really appreciate everything you have done to help me in the last 12 months. I definitely wouldn't be in the position I am now if I hadn't done the MA TESOL course."

John Mandy - EAP Tutor at the University of Groningen / MA TESOL graduate

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.

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.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Course Details

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.

Year 1

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
  • Multimodality, Technology and Language Teaching
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Social Psychology of Language
  • Educational Linguistics
  • Independent Study
  • Uniwide Language
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

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

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • 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).
  • UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 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).
  • UK and EU students: Distance learning fee: £1417 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
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 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).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 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 international and Channel Island students: Distance learning fee: £2584 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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

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 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Professional Costs

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

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less