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MATeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This programme is intended for those interested in a career in English language teaching and for teachers of English who wish to upgrade their professional standing. On the programme, we explore different approaches to the teaching and learning of English and study the close relationship between language teaching theory and practice.

Programme structure

You will study four core modules [see full descriptions below]:

Introduction to Language
Syllabus and Materials Design
Second Language Learning and Teaching
Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
You will also choose two optional modules from a wide range and complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will do a total of six assessed pieces of coursework over the year. For assessment purposes, one of the modules you take during the spring term will be ‘linked’ with the Research Methods module – that is, you will produce a piece of work in the field covered by that module, but with a particular focus on research methods.

This programme can be studied full-time over one year (finishing in September 2016), or part-time over 15 months (finishing in December 2016). The full-time mode requires attendance at classes during the autumn and spring semesters, with six months to complete your dissertation. The part-time mode also requires full-time attendance at classes during the autumn and spring semesters (amounting to approximately 14 hours a week) and you will then have nine months to complete your dissertation on a flexible part-time basis.

Please note that the University of Birmingham offers an alternative qualification in English Language Teaching through its School of Education – for more information, see Teaching English as a Foreign Language MA.

Career opportunities

Over the past five years, over 92% of English Language and Applied Linguistics postgraduates were in work and/or further study six months after graduation. Some of the graduates enter roles for which their programme has prepared them, such as translation, interpreting or teaching; others use their transferable skills in a wide range of occupations including journalism, marketing, publishing and media.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States