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.
This course was designed to enable you to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/foreign language, and to prepare you to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will also give you the basic research skills you need to investigate language learning, and to help you to develop your individual pedagogic style by reflecting on practice.
Course format and assessment
We will teach you through lectures, teacher-led class discussions and group work, and you will typically have 40 hours of this 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 lectures on research skills to complement your 573 hours of independent study.
We will assess your performance on our required modules through a variety of formats such as essays, practical tasks such as language analysis, oral presentations, design of lesson plans and teaching materials, and evaluation of textbooks and language tests. 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.