Subject guide and modules
Our MA in TESOL is designed for those who would like to obtain a substantial postgraduate qualification in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). It is suitable both for those early in their professional lives (who may have little or no teaching experience), as well as those who are experienced teachers.
Sample module options
The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change.
Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching
This module provides you with both a practical and theoretical background to TESOL/ELT, helping to foster a principled approach to pedagogic practice.
This module aims to provide you with a pedagogically sensitivised approach to the linguistic description of the English Language, and helps to develop your own understanding of the way the English Language works.
English Teaching Practice
In the context of undertaking actual classroom teaching you will develop a deeper understanding of the key principles of classroom activities and procedures and will be able to evaluate different approaches to teaching and learning.
Research Methods in TESOL
This module introduces you to the general nature of research in TESOL/ELT, and provides a foundation for your dissertation.
You will demonstrate your ability to design,conduct and report the results of a research project in the subject domain relevant to the masters programme. You will work independently, under the guidance of a supervisor.
You will develop your understanding of the fundamentals of text analysis, and gain an overview of major theories and methodologies associated with analysing spoken and written texts.
Course and Materials Design
This module provides you with an understanding of key concepts in relation to the design of ELT course materials, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to make principled adaptations of existing materials in relation to specific pedagogic contexts.
Teaching Young Learners
You will gain an overview of the most common global contexts for teaching English to young learners (TEYL) and be introduced to theories of second language acquisition and cognitive development in relation to TEYL. You will also develop skills in evaluating and preparing syllabi and materials.
Language Contact and Multilingualism
You will study aspects of multilingualism in an increasingly globalised world, in addition to the more traditional aspects of the study of language contact (such as borrowing, code-switching, mixed languages, pidgin and creoles, etc.); the ways in which English has emerged as the currently dominant lingua franca, influencing other languages and how new media, especially the Internet, influence the way speakers of more than one language communicate.
Language and Literature in Education
This module introduces you to historical and contemporary issues and debates related to the place of English as an intellectual discipline and academic subject in English L1 (primarily secondary) education; how and why its nature has been contested and how government policy, research and practitioner enquiry have all influenced various manifestations of the subject.
Research Topics in TESOL
Here, in consultation with a member of the teaching team and under their supervision, you have the opportunity to pursue a research project on a specific topic in TESOL of your own choice, which is of particular interest to you and not necessarily available on the programme.
Technology in Teaching and Learning
This module familiarises you with the features of different, current learning technologies, provides insight into theoretical and procedural issues concerning the delivery of language teaching and the opportunities for implementing them.
Communicating across Cultures
You will explore how increased globalisation and more diverse, domestic workforces make for challenging context within which communication, particularly intercultural communication, works, and the extent to which international communication is influenced by cultural differences.