We’ll aid your understanding of the key theories and principles in TESOL, providing a balance of academic and professional content and experience. You’ll develop your ability in language analysis and understanding, as well as furthering your knowledge on how to incorporate this appropriately in class materials.
We have a flexible and supportive learning programme that develops your current understanding and knowledge in TESOL while providing you with the necessary research and reflection skills to continue on your academic or professional career path.
Throughout the programme, the amount of independent study gradually increases, both within and across modules, in order to build your confidence and self-reliance. As your future continuing professional development is also important to us, reflection, as a key skill, is interwoven into all modules to nurture your ability to continue learning beyond the MA TESOL.
In the first trimester, your studies will include a mix of practical and theoretical elements. You’ll have your first placement opportunity, which you will be encouraged to reflect on in class.
In the second trimester, we’ll continue developing your practical teaching skills through a detailed discussion of relevant theories, alongside your second placement. You’ll begin to prepare for your dissertation by strengthening your knowledge of research methodology and developing a dissertation proposal.
The third trimester sees the culmination of the skills you’ve developed as you gather and analyze data, and write up this research in your dissertation.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.
- Theory and Practice of TESOL
- Language Analysis for TESOL
- Second Language Learning and Teaching
- Research Methods in Social Science
- Independent Study
- Including Vulnerable Learners
- Research and the Professional Part 1
- Research and the Professional Part 2
How will I be assessed?
There are no written exams. You’ll submit a portfolio of tasks, which may include oral presentations, reflection on module learning and teaching practice, essays, and analysis tasks.
How will I be taught?
You’ll be taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, directed classroom-based activities and discussion. Peer-teaching opportunities, presentations and student-led workshops are also employed throughout the programme. You’ll be given a dedicated tutor to support your development.
We encourage you to keep a journal during your placements, to enhance and support reflection on your experiences. This aids the continuation of discussions linking theory to practice which begin in class and continue throughout the programme on an individual self-reflection and peer-reflection basis. Your fellow course participants are an important resource to draw on through shared experiences and stories as you build a community of practice.
Students who complete the MA TESOL will have many career opportunities including English language teaching (general or specialized), language teacher trainer, materials writing, curriculum development, language textbook editor, Director of Studies/Assistant Director of Studies, Ph.D. studies.