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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA TESOL Studies

Programme code:MA-TSL/SUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Laura Grassick Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Education

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

Your course is designed to meet the needs of graduates wishing to pursue a career in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). You’ll have less than two years of professional experience as a teacher or tutor of English or you may have just graduated in a subject related to Education, English or other languages.

The overall aim of the programme is to develop your capacity to make informed and appropriate decisions as a new teacher of English in a particular educational context.

The first part of the course offers you a grounding in how languages are learned, in analysis of English language, and in what teachers and learners do in the language classroom.

In the second semester you’ll have the opportunity to develop your essential teaching skills, though observing and practicing teaching and reflecting on the experience. You’ll also be able to take optional modules in practical aspects of TESOL such as teaching young learners, designing and evaluating learning materials, using technology in language teaching, and assessing language learning.

In the final part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate a chosen aspect of TESOL in more depth through a small-scale research or pedagogic project. In preparation for this, you’ll develop key research skills relevant to TESOL.

Throughout the course you’ll be expected to expand your awareness and understanding of the field through extensive reading and discussion, in individual, class and small-group interactions. You’ll be taught by experts in the field of TESOL, who are experienced educators and researchers. You’ll have opportunities to prepare for a career in TESOL as well as opportunities to find out more about how to progress to further study in the field of education.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

EDUC5928MResearch Methods and Dissertation in MA TESOL programmes and MA TESOL Studies60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
EDUC5931MAnalysing Language Learning30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EDUC5932MAnalysing Language Teaching15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
EDUC5933MLanguage Teaching Methodology30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5934MAnalysing Language15 credits1 Sep to 31 Oct

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 30 credits from the following choice of optional modules

Candidates can choose to study ONE 30 credit optional module:

EDUC5039MCreative Inquiry, Communication and Learning30 credits 
EDUC5256MTechnology Enhanced Language Learning30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5265MDigital Education in Practice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5981MTeaching Languages to Young Learners30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
EDUC5982MTeaching English for Academic Purposes30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

OR, candidates can study TWO 15 credit optional modules:

EDUC5903MLearning and Teaching Vocabulary15 credits1 Jan to 31 Mar
EDUC5912MGrammar, Learning and Teaching15 credits1 Mar to 31 May
EDUC5914MCorpus Linguistics in the Classroom15 credits1 Mar to 31 May
EDUC5916MTasks and Materials for TESOL15 credits1 Jan to 31 Mar
EDUC5927MAssessing Language Learning15 credits1 Mar to 31 May
EDUC5929MEnglish Medium Education in Multilingual Contexts15 credits1 Jan to 31 Mar

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Last updated: 02/05/2024 12:18:08


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