Extend your knowledge of the processes that underpin and facilitate language learning
You'll learn about new developments in applied linguistics research and will be able to reflect on these in light of your own practical expertise.
This course is designed for those with experience of teaching English as a second language.
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Talks, workshops and seminars give you opportunities to get involved with our active academic community and keep up to date with cutting edge research
This course is designed for applicants from the UK or overseas who wish to pursue a career in teaching English as a foreign language. You should have an equivalent of at least 12 months of classroom experience of teaching English on a full-time basis.You'll study the processes of language learning, with specific reference to learning English as a foreign language.
You will take a total of 180 credits, including four core modules, two option modules and a dissertation, which you will complete as part of the 60 credit Independent Study Module.
You will choose at least one option module from the following three:
You can choose your other option module from the following list:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
You will develop, design, implement and manage your own original research project, supervised by a member of staff with the relevant experience for your topic. To complete this masters degree, you will produce a 12,000-word dissertation based on your research project.
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
Building a bridge between research and practice is one of the big challenges facing education at the moment. Here in York that challenge is being met. There’s top quality research here in the Department of Education, but more than that, there is a concern about whether or not it has an impact in the nation’s classrooms and whether it influences the decisions that politicians take.Baroness Estelle Morris, former UK Secretary of State for Education
Chair of the University of York's Department of Education Advisory Board
|Full-time (1 year)||£8,040||£18,240|
Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.
There are no mandatory additional fees, but we do recommend that you set aside some money for photocopying. Course books will be available from the Library and online reading packs are available for most modules, but you may wish to buy your own copies. Each book typically costs £20 to 40.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.
Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.
If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical exercises and workshops.
You will spend time working on your own, reading assigned texts and researching supporting materials, as well as working with others in seminars to discuss and present your work.
There will also be opportunities to attend seminars from visiting scholars on a wide variety of Language Education and TESOL topics.
A member of teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree to help guide your studies and monitor your progress.
You'll be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Derwent and Vanbrugh, and the Spring Lane teaching building.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Types of assessments used throughout this course include:
This course is an ideal grounding for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD or for a career in the education sector.
Many of our graduates become English language teachers all around the world, in private language schools, state schools, universities and other organisations requiring English language instruction. Others find employment opportunities in areas of course and syllabus design, and materials writing in large and small scale publishing houses.
Our postgraduate courses can be used to complement teacher training/development programmes and voluntary or paid roles which focus on the more practical elements of teaching. However, other than our PGCE, our courses are not teacher training programmes in themselves.
A number of our graduates go on to obtain research degrees in applied linguistics, TESOL, education and related topics.
|Undergraduate degree||2:1 or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as English Language, Linguistics or Education with a substantial English component|
|Other international qualifications||Equivalent qualifications from your country|
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
|IELTS||7.0, minimum 6.0 in each component|
|PTE Academic||67, minimum 55 in each component|
|C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency||185, minimum 169 in each component|
|TOEFL||96, minimum 21 in each component|
|Trinity ISE III||Distinction in all components|
|Duolingo||Minimum overall score of 120|
For more information see our postgraduate English language requirements.
You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
You can apply and send all your documentation electronically through our online system. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.
You should have the equivalent of at least one year's full-time English teaching experience by the time the course starts. Your experience of teaching can be with any age of learner and at any stage of learning. Your teaching experience should normally have taken place after you obtained your first degree. Teacher training internships, casual private tutoring and holiday camps are not normally sufficient experience. You must indicate clearly on the main application form that you have this experience, giving all of the following information:
You will also need to provide formal evidence of your teaching experience, for example a professional reference.
If you do not have the equivalent of at least one year's full time experience, please consider applying for the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages instead. If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
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