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University of Portsmouth MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL
University of Portsmouth

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL

Southsea, United Kingdom

1 Years


Full time, Part time

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GBP 16,200 / per year *

Distance Learning, On-Campus

* for full-time, part-time: £8,100 for international students


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Develop your abilities as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages, or kickstart your TESOL career on this flexible Masters in Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

You may already be an established TESOL practitioner (or ELT, EFL or EAP) with a minimum of three months of full-time teaching experience, looking to advance your skills and become an expert in your field. If not, as long as you've completed initial ELT, TESOL or TEFL teacher training, you can still apply for this course and do an extra module to build up your practical teaching skills.

In this course, you'll apply contemporary TESOL theory to the classroom. Guided by our expert teaching team, you can apply your learning to the context of teaching you currently work in or aspire to, whether in the private or state sector, teaching adults, primary, secondary or higher education.

You'll use a global perspective to critique your approaches to teaching, conduct your research into teaching techniques, and explore lesson planning and course design.

You can study in a way that fits your existing professional and personal commitments by choosing between full-time, part-time, campus-based or distance learning options.

When you graduate, you'll have a deeper understanding of TESOL and how best to get results as an expert practitioner. You'll be ready to pursue roles in educational management or leadership, curriculum development, editing, publishing or advertising in the UK or overseas.

Course highlights

  • Take your TESOL knowledge and teaching skills to the postgraduate level.
  • Choose to study in a way that suits you and your professional life, from on-campus or distance learning, full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 or 3 years), and a September or January start.
  • Reflect on your classroom practice to improve the way you teach.
  • Learn to effectively plan and design a syllabus, courses and assessment methods, and choose to build a portfolio of lesson plans supported by critical reflection.
  • Analyse research into how people learn languages and the implications for the classroom.
  • Explore the linguistic theory, unpick the hidden systems and biases in the use of language, and conduct research into teaching techniques.


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