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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)

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Full time | Birkbeck, University of London | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Tesol (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Our MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed for people who are already English language teachers and want to develop their career opportunities, or those with less experience but a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field.

This Master's degree will develop your understanding of both classroom practice and key areas of research that inform practice. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching.

The programme focuses on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching. It allows students from all over the world the opportunity to share their experiences with locally based teachers, thus gaining insight into a range of language teaching contexts in the UK, including the state education system. You will be studying alongside students on the MA Language Teaching programme and so will benefit from an exchange of experiences and perspectives with teachers of languages other than English.

The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between two dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a relevant topic of your choice.

The MA TESOL will enhance your career prospects in a number of ways. If you are an experienced teacher it will help you to progress to a more senior or specialised position in language teaching, such as a senior teacher, director of studies, teacher trainer, consultant or materials developer.

An MA TESOL is an essential qualification for those who wish to teach English at university level, whether for general or more specific purposes. For those with less teaching experience, an MA TESOL will give you a competitive early career advantage as you gain more experience in teaching posts.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates go into careers in education, the media and public relations, marketing and publishing, and lexicography and translation. Possible professions include language teacher (TESOL), special educational needs teacher, or careers adviser. This degree may also be useful in various roles within local government, the media, or tourism and hospitality, as well as becoming a higher education lecturer, youth worker, or community development worker.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Modules

This module provides you with an overview of current issues in second/foreign language teaching, particularly with reference to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). You will develop a critical understanding of key theoretical, methodological and practical issues in language teaching, and assess their relevance for language pedagogy in their own contexts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)

£8,820

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)

£16,020

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Usually at least a second-class honours degree (2:2), or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience. This programme is designed for candidates with recent and relevant experience of, and/or professional training in, classroom language teaching. However, candidates with limited classroom language teaching experience may apply if they have an excellent academic record in a field related to language teaching/TESOL and can demonstrate a strong interest in, and the ability to reflect critically on, key issues in language learning and teaching.

University information

Based in the heart of London, Birkbeck has established a reputation for providing its postgraduate students with an engaging, exciting learning experience, and positive feedback from its community of professional alumni is testimony to the university’s continued success. With a history that dates back almost 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London offers a unique learning experience which delivers a competitive program of nearly 300...more