Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages (TESOL) or TEFL provides varied and rich career opportunities, either abroad or in the UK working with bilingual learners from varied cultural backgrounds.
- Type: On campus
- Start: September
- Language: English
- Duration: 24 months
- Fee national: $13,255
- Fee international: $32,429
- Duration: 48 months
The MA TESOL course is for people with some experience of English language teaching or training, and are seeking the opportunity to reflect on your practice and further develop it in the light of theories and recent research.
The emphasis throughout this postgraduate TESOL course is on applying theory to practice and preparation for more senior responsibilities, such as curriculum and materials design. You will have the opportunity to observe and teach various language classes during the course and focus on practicalities of designing a course and developing your skills as a materials writer.
In common with all the MA Education pathways you will take the core module Research Methodology. In addition, you will study the following specialist modules:
- TESOL: Theory in Practice: This module concentrates on the theory related to language acquisition and approaches to teaching learning a second language and how these influence teaching
- TESOL: Curriculum Design and Evaluation: This module explores issues such as curriculum planning, design and management, needs analysis and assessment and focusing on English for specific purposes and English for academic purposes.
- TESOL: Materials Design and Evaluation: The main skill of a language teacher is choosing and designing affective materials and tasks to support learning. The central focus is on materials selection and design for specific teaching contexts, assessing the current approaches to materials and the ways in which they can be adapted and improved for particular target groups and teaching methods.
A Masters degree is required for professional advancement within TESOL either working abroad or in the UK. Within TESOL, it is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research. If you’re interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so at the University of South Wales.
You should be a graduate, or if you’re a non-graduate, you will need proof of relevant experience. You must have at least two years experience of teaching English language to non-native speakers and preferably to adults. If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each band) or equivalent.
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