MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Queen's University Belfast - Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 - 3 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 19,100 / per year *
Earliest start date
* Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland: £6,980 | England, Scotland or Wales: £8,360 | EU Other and International: £19,100
The MSc in TESOL and Applied Linguistics is a professionally-oriented higher degree for those who intend to pursue a career in language teaching (i.e., novice as well as practicing teachers) or careers in other professional areas related to language advocacy, policy, or research. The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop deeper, contextualized understandings of the flexible and dynamic ways that language is learned, taught, and used in education, media, workplaces, and in greater society. It enables participants to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to devise and teach language, in addition to equipping students with the essential research and analytical skills to stay current with rapid developments in language teaching and other robust areas of applied linguistics.
Through the range of modules, you can also focus on certain pedagogical aspects of TESOL and Applied Linguistics, including, materials development, bilingual education, language assessment, or you can learn about broader intersections of language in society such as the impact of digital literacies and communication . One of the key features of the MSc TESOL and Applied Linguistics is that the programme is linked directly to the Centre for Language Education Research which means that students can benefit from a rich research culture to augment their course activities.
Closing date for applications: Friday 30 June 2023 at 4pm.
Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages And Applied Linguistics Highlights
Over 83% of research submitted by colleagues based in the Education Unit of Assessment was judged to be ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent' by a peer review panel (REF2021).
- Small-group teaching The academic team is internationally recognised for its range of teaching and research in language education and Applied Linguistics.
- Flexibility: Diploma and Certificate options are also available.
- Credit transfer Students who have completed other masters-level awards, eg PGCE, within the last 10 years are eligible to credit transfer. The credit transfer application must be submitted at the same time as the online programme application as retrospective applications are not accepted.
- Disciplinary-focused assessment There are no examinations. Assessment is based on continual assessment of coursework, e.g. written assignments, online discussion forum tasks, presentations, role plays, online and digital projects.
Students may enrol on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (3 years) basis. Part-time students typically complete one or two modules per semester. Full-time students typically complete three modules per semester.
The MSc is awarded to students who successfully complete six taught modules (120 CATS points) and a 15,000 - 20,000 word research dissertation (60 CATS points).
Exit qualifications are available: students may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma by successfully completing 120 CATS points from taught modules or a Postgraduate Certificate by successfully completing 60 CATS points from taught modules.
Core Modules include (all 20 CATS):
An Introduction to Research Methods: Children, Young People and Education
This introductory research methods module is compulsory for all Master's students in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and assumes no previous experience or knowledge of research methods. The aim of the module is to provide a general research overview and contextualize the broad range of approaches and debates that are evident within contemporary educational research.
Language Awareness for Teaching
This module will consider the different systems and skills of the English language (phonology, grammar, lexis, discourse, speaking, listening, reading and writing) and equip course participants with the skills needed to analyse language for teaching purposes. The module will place emphasis on the use of pedagogic grammar and adopt a systemic/ functional approach to grammar. Particular attention will be given to the study of spoken and written discourse.
Language Learning and Teaching
This module will provide an overview of the key theories associated with language learning and language acquisition in the formal context of the classroom. It will offer module participants an opportunity to assess different approaches to the support of learning in a range of TESOL contexts.
TESOL: Principles and Practices
This module will consider the principles and practices of ELT methodology and trace developments over the past 20 years. From the advent of ‘the communicative approach’ to the current ‘post-method’ era, the course will examine a range of pedagogical issues and evaluate their impact on current classroom practice.
Optional module: (20 CATS)
One optional module may be chosen from those offered in the Educational Studies (MEd) programme, including the following:
Issues in Language Assessment for TESOL*
This module explores key issues in assessment, including the relationship between assessment and learning, feedback, and the impact of assessment and testing on learning. It provides an overview of key assessment concepts of validity and reliability and considers various models of assessment practice and feedback. This module examines the notion of language proficiency for TESOL and current methods and practices in classroom-based language assessment.
*Students cannot take Assessment Issues in Teaching and Learning in Classrooms if taking this module.
Digital Literacy and Communication
The aim of this module is to examine the impact of new digital literacies on language learning and TESOL. The module begins from a social practice view of literacy, which is then used as a lens to critically examine digital literacy in contemporary society and its role in language education. Course participants will also examine methodologies that have been applied to researching language and literacy in digital environments. The module equips course participants with the skills needed to practically examine and analyse digital literacy in the lives of people, in institutions, and in wider society.
Materials Development for TESOL
This module will examine the notion of ‘context’ in relation to the teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Beginning with the classroom as context, participants will have an opportunity to develop their own interactional awareness as a means of promoting learning opportunities. The module will then consider the broader notion of ELT contexts in relation to the cultural politics of English as an international language and assess the impact that different contexts have on approaches to teaching and learning, assessment and the design and use of curricula and teaching materials.
Bilingualism, Literacy and Disciplinary Literacy Development
This module is designed to provide participants with a foundational understanding of bilingualism/multilingualism and models of bilingual/multilingual education. The module will advance teachers’ understanding of the pedagogical and programmatic practices for addressing the linguistic and academic needs of multilingual learners by drawing on their linguistic and cultural resources. The course will cover the historical and theoretical foundations of bilingual education as related to various bilingual programs, including instruction, curriculum, and assessment.
Our educational research has been ranked 4th within the UK in relation to research intensity, with 87% assessed as ‘internationally excellent or world leading’ (REf, 2014).
Program Tuition Fee
Graduates have found their degree very beneficial in gaining employment in a range of teaching institutions worldwide, international agencies and examination bodies, and gaining promotion in their current workplace. Others progress to further doctoral-level studies and research.
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus, bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.
Additional Awards Gained
Students who choose to conduct dissertation research in Northern Ireland involving participants under the age of 18 will be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure Check with Access NI, costing £33.
Prizes and Awards
Teachers working on classroom-based dissertation projects may apply for the Northern Ireland Centre for Educational Research (NICER) award.
Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills
In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's, you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world-leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.