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


Length

1 year full-time

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 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

Course content What you’ll study


General

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 study four core modules and your choice of two optional modules.

Core modules

TESOL Methods: This module is designed to develop your knowledge of and explore the application of the methodology of teaching English as a second/foreign language. You will examine the nature of each of the four language skills from a discourse perspective and develop links between what teachers and learners do in class and what applied linguistic research tells us about how second language acquisition takes place. You will gain an understanding of interactional competence and learn how to develop it among L2 learners.

English Linguistics: For some students this module may act as a review of some aspects of their previous study, for others it will act as an introduction to key aspects of the field of Linguistics. You will be provided with the essentials in the study of the structure of English and get the opportunity to understand the organising principles that unite the various levels of linguistic analysis. You will further learn how to relate the above to language use in a socio-cultural context and gain an overview of how the above theories are linked to the processes involved in teaching English as a second/foreign language.

Research Methods in Language Learning and Teaching: This module will give you an understanding of methods used to research language learning and teaching. You will explore the relationships between research questions, methods, data analysis and subsequent claims.

Planning and Communicating Research: Building on the knowledge and understanding of research methods gained in the previous module, you will engage in planning of a small research project, identifying and managing the different stages involved, from conception to analysis to writing up and disseminating your results. This module will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for conducting a research study and will allow you to reflect on these to enrich your own experience.

Optional Modules

Study your choice of one optional module which may be chosen from the list of modules available to all taught MA students in the Department of Education.

Modules that may be of particular interest for students on this course include:

 

 

The modules shown are those running for this academic year. Modules may be subject to availability.

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.

Teaching and assessment How you’ll be taught and assessed


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.

Assessments

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 Where you’ll go from here


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 How to get here


Course entry

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 are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.

International options

We would typically expect you to have achieved the equivalent of an upper second-class undergraduate degree, such as:

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: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.5 in Writing and no less than 6.0 in all other components
  • PTE: 61, with a minimum of 61 in Writing and no less than 55 in all other components
  • CAE and CPE (from January 2015): 176, with a minimum of 176 in Writing and no less than 169 in all other components
  • CAE (before January 2015): 65, with 'Good' in Writing
  • CPE (before January 2015): C
  • TOEFL: 87, with a minimum of 23 in Writing and a minimum of 21 in all other components
  • Trinity ISE: level 3 with Merit 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.

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Dr Bill Soden

Dr Bill Soden

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