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MA TESOL Studies

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the programme students should have shown evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the study of TESOL, in particular, the skills of observing and learning from experiences of teaching and learning;
- exhibit mastery in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities, and critically appraise theoretical frameworks and procedures for the study and evaluation of TESOL;
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship in the area of TESOL Studies;
- take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- proactively formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in the area of TESOL Studies.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- the skills necessary for employment in a higher capacity in teaching ESOL;
- evaluating their own achievement and that of others;
- self direction and effective decision making in complex and unpredictable situations;
- independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development;
- critical engagement in the development of professional/disciplinary boundaries and norms.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will involve the achievement of the students in:

- evidencing an ability to conduct independent in-depth enquiry within TESOL;
- demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to the complex specialist area of TESOL;
- drawing on a range of perspectives on TESOL;
- evaluating and criticising received opinion;
- making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations on judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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