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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Become familiar with English language teaching methodology, and learn about key issues and trends in language learning in a global context

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

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The increasing pace of globalisation and the changing ways in which people in different parts of the world connect have contributed to the rise of English as a world language.

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) will provide you with the tools and resources you need to develop knowledge of various areas of applied linguistics as well as approaches to English language teaching that will facilitate better teaching practice. You'll reflect upon and evaluate current issues and key trends in language learning and teaching in a range of contexts, and consider their application in classroom instruction, assessment, materials development and the English language curriculum. You'll also learn how to conduct your own research.

The course strengthened the skills I needed to pursue my career as an English teacher by offering me a variety of approaches and methodologies which enhanced my qualifications. I would highly recommend University of York to anyone who is interested in doing a Master's degree in TESOL; it was one of the best experiences in my life!
Elena, MA TESOL, 2015

Leading research

The Department was ranked in the top 10 by Times Higher Education for the proportion of its research designated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Global networking

We host the Centre for Research on Education and Social Justice, meaning you will have opportunities to connect with researchers and students from across the world.

Course content

The MA TESOL is designed for home or overseas students who wish to pursue a career teaching English as a second or foreign language, but who have little or no formal teaching experience. It provides a foundation in Applied Linguistics, Approaches to English Teaching and Research Methods on which later training in practical teaching can build. Theories of language acquisition and language teaching are explored, with the emphasis on how such theories may be practically applied; however, there is no teaching placement as part of this course.

Modules

You will take a total of 180 credits, consisting of five core modules, one option module, and a dissertation, which you will complete as part of the 60 credit Independent Study Module.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one of the following modules:

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

Dissertation

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, you will produce a 12,000-word dissertation based on your research project.

The York approach

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Use a research-informed understanding of English linguistics and a wide range of educational theory and learning theory to assess learning contexts and the effectiveness of teaching practice.
  • Locate and critically evaluate cutting-edge research and professional literature to keep abreast of emerging educational trends and inform their teaching practice.
  • Effectively plan for different teaching contexts by selecting appropriate methodologies, resources and materials for specific cohorts of learners and learning needs.
  • Collate, manage and critically analyse complex educational data using appropriate software in order to support and evaluate proposed arguments and teaching approaches.
  • Clearly and confidently communicate complex information in a professional manner, making use of oral, written and visual formats.
  • Successfully initiate and conduct independent, focussed research projects by engaging in thorough planning, rigorous ethics procedures and the selection and application of appropriate principles, methodologies and approaches.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

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.

Fees information

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.

Funding information

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.

Home/EU students

International students

Living costs

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.

Teaching and assessment

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. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

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.
  • You will be able to take advantage of additional English language lessons and study skills workshops should you need them.
  • 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.

Teaching location

You will be based in the Department of Education on Campus West. Teaching for this course takes place at various locations on Campus West, including Vanbrugh, James and Alcuin Colleges; and the Spring Lane teaching building.

About our campus

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.

Assessment and feedback

Types of assessments used throughout this course include:

  • three assessment essays of between 4,000 and 5,000 words in length
  • a 'closed' examination in Research Methods
  • an examination in English Linguistics
  • an assessed presentation, dissertation outline and ethics audit
  • to cap your studies, you'll complete a 12,000-word dissertation on an original piece of your own research.

Careers and skills

This masters is an ideal foundation for careers in the language education sector, and for postgraduate students looking to go on to further study such as PhD.

Many of our graduates become English language teachers around the world: in private language schools, state schools, universities and other organisations requiring English language instruction. Others find employment opportunities in areas such as course and syllabus design, and materials writing in large and small scale publishing houses.

This course can be used to complement teacher training/development and voluntary or paid roles which focus on the more practical elements of teaching. However this course is not a teacher training programme.

Career opportunities

  • Teaching and academia
  • Publishing
  • Media
  • Information management
  • Human resources

A number of our graduates go on to obtain research degrees in Education and related topics.

Transferable skills

  • Research methods
  • Data analysis
  • Design and completion of original research
  • Critical reasoning
  • Communication skills (including intercultural communication)
  • Academic and professional language skills in English
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Time-management

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should already have, or shortly complete, an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as English language, linguistics or education with a substantial English component. We would typically expect you to have achieved at least a upper second-class in your undergraduate degree.

If you will have at least one year's teaching experience by the time this course starts you should consider applying for our MA in Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching.

If you're an international student, we would typically expect you to have achieved the equivalent of an upper second-class undergraduate degree, such as:

    • USA: grade point average 3.2 or above
    • PR China: average degree score 80 or above

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English language

If your native language is not English, you may need a qualification to demonstrate your fluency. We accept the following English language tests:

  • IELTS: 7.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 67, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 85, with no less than 169 in each components
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Very Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): B
  • TOEFL: 96, with no less than 21 in all components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Distinction in all components

If you have recently completed an undergraduate degree at a UK university you may be exempt from the English language requirements.

You may benefit from a pre-sessional English language course. These courses are designed to help you improve your language, communication and study skills and help you prepare for your postgraduate degree.

Applying

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.

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