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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA

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Our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, teaching theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. You will have the opportunity to observe actual language classes, plan and teach real lessons and carry out research on language learning and teaching. (If you have at least three years' experience as a language teacher, please see our MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching).

Key benefits

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills for teaching English in different contexts.
  • Four weeks of supervised teaching practice.
  • Gain a professional certificate in TEFL at the same time as your MA in TESOL.
  • Observe lessons and learn from experienced teachers at International House London.
  • Excellent tutorial support and extensive course-specific training in research methods and academic writing.
  • Staff have extensive experience of teaching and training teachers in a wide variety of contexts.

This MA in TESOL will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It will enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/ foreign language, and will prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will give you the research skills you need to investigate language learning, and tools help you to reflect on your practice and develop your individual pedagogic. The core modules will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge of approaches to second-language teaching, theories of second-language learning, research methods, and ways to analyse the linguistic systems of English for teaching purposes. This will give you a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching placement and provide skills to continue your professional development. Our optional modules and dissertation module will allow you to connect this knowledge to specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials and teaching English in a variety of contexts. You will also have four weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House London, the leading provider of the initial teacher training certificate. If you are successful in the placement you will gain an additional qualification through International House, either the Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Base campus

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will typically have 40 hours of teaching for every 30-credit required module.

We also expect you to undertake 260 hours of independent study per 30-credit required module. Contact hours for optional modules may vary slightly. During your dissertation we will provide you with seven hours of support from a supervisor, which will include one-to-one contact (face-to-face and online) and providing feedback on your research plans and your writing (outlines, drafts of parts of your dissertation chapters, etc.). In addition we will provide you with 20 hours of tuition on research skills to complement your 573 hours of independent study.

 

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

Per 30-credit module

Typically 40 hours of contact time for each 30-credit required module. Contact time for optional modules may vary, depending on the modules you choose. This will include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work. Group discussions will focus on core readings in the field, and other practical, analytical tasks carried out in class time.

260 hours per 30-credit required module.

Variable for optional modules, depending on the number of contact hours.

Teaching practice

Students also have 4 weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House.

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Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Language analysis tasks
  • Lesson planning tasks
  • Dissertation

We will assess your performance on our required modules through essays, language analysis tasks, oral presentations and lesson planning tasks. We assess most of our optional modules through one 3,500-word essay per module, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules you choose. You will also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:

Analysing English for Learning & Teaching (30 credits)
Language Teaching Methodology (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation in Applied Linguistics/Language Learning and Teaching (60 credits)
Second/Additional Language Learning: Research, Theory & Practice (30 credits)

Optional modules

In addition you are required to take two modules (30 credits) from a range of optional modules. Optional modules may typically include:

English for Academic Purposes (15 credits)
Language Assessment (15 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration and Diversity (15 credits)
Linguistic Politeness (15 credits)
Materials Development in English Language Teaching (15 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
Teacher Education (15 credits)
Teaching and Learning Pragmatics (15 credits)
The Digital ELT Classroom (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The skills and knowledge that you develop over the course of our MA will prepare you for a career in English language teaching, a research- oriented career, or a mixture of the two. 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £21,840 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

This MA in TESOL will provide you with a thorough introduction to current research, theory, principles and practices in English language teaching. It will enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/ foreign language, and will prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will give you the research skills you need to investigate language learning, and tools help you to reflect on your practice and develop your individual pedagogic. The core modules will allow you to develop in-depth knowledge of approaches to second-language teaching, theories of second-language learning, research methods, and ways to analyse the linguistic systems of English for teaching purposes. This will give you a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching placement and provide skills to continue your professional development. Our optional modules and dissertation module will allow you to connect this knowledge to specialist areas such as language assessment, the development of teaching materials and teaching English in a variety of contexts. You will also have four weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House London, the leading provider of the initial teacher training certificate. If you are successful in the placement you will gain an additional qualification through International House, either the Cambridge English CELTA or the IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Base campus

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

You will typically have 40 hours of teaching for every 30-credit required module.

We also expect you to undertake 260 hours of independent study per 30-credit required module. Contact hours for optional modules may vary slightly. During your dissertation we will provide you with seven hours of support from a supervisor, which will include one-to-one contact (face-to-face and online) and providing feedback on your research plans and your writing (outlines, drafts of parts of your dissertation chapters, etc.). In addition we will provide you with 20 hours of tuition on research skills to complement your 573 hours of independent study.

 

Lectures, seminars and feedback

Self-study

Per 30-credit module

Typically 40 hours of contact time for each 30-credit required module. Contact time for optional modules may vary, depending on the modules you choose. This will include lecturing, teacher-led class discussions and student-led group work. Group discussions will focus on core readings in the field, and other practical, analytical tasks carried out in class time.

260 hours per 30-credit required module.

Variable for optional modules, depending on the number of contact hours.

Teaching practice

Students also have 4 weeks of supervised teaching practice through our collaboration with International House.

-

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Oral Presentations
  • Language analysis tasks
  • Lesson planning tasks
  • Dissertation

We will assess your performance on our required modules through essays, language analysis tasks, oral presentations and lesson planning tasks. We assess most of our optional modules through one 3,500-word essay per module, although assessment methods may vary depending on the optional modules you choose. You will also write a 15,000-word dissertation.

Structure

Required modules

Courses are divided into modules. You will take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take the following modules:

Analysing English for Learning & Teaching (30 credits)
Language Teaching Methodology (30 credits)
Research Methods and Dissertation in Applied Linguistics/Language Learning and Teaching (60 credits)
Second/Additional Language Learning: Research, Theory & Practice (30 credits)

Optional modules

In addition you are required to take two modules (30 credits) from a range of optional modules. Optional modules may typically include:

English for Academic Purposes (15 credits)
Language Assessment (15 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration and Diversity (15 credits)
Linguistic Politeness (15 credits)
Materials Development in English Language Teaching (15 credits)
Multilingualism, Migration & Diversity (15 credits)
Sociolinguistics (15 credits)
Teacher Education (15 credits)
Teaching and Learning Pragmatics (15 credits)
The Digital ELT Classroom (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

The skills and knowledge that you develop over the course of our MA will prepare you for a career in English language teaching, a research- oriented career, or a mixture of the two. 

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £21,840 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Funding

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