Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA 2021

Study the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) at Aston University to gain a substantial postgraduate qualification in the field of TESOL and put your learning into practice in an exciting and enriching multicultural environment.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time / Part-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

12 months full-time, 24/36 months part-time

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Overview
Explore Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA at Aston University
Global Connections Scholarship

If you're an international student applying to start this course in January 2021, you might be eligible for a £4,000 Global Connections Scholarship.

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What's it like to study at Aston?

Ata Rahim MA TESOL

“The MA in TESOL was a must degree for me, especially at my current place of work. After gaining the qualification, I have been accepted as an approved and qualified academic manager by the British Council at Winsor Education.”

Ata Rahim

MA TESOL

Best University Careers Service Award

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Aston University recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020.

“I was fully supported throughout my studies, having completed both my first degree (BSc English Language) and my masters degree (MA in TESOL) at Aston University. The University also fully funded me to complete a HEA Fellowship. I am always and forever grateful to my tutors and programme director, who I am still in contact with years after graduating. Thank you, Aston University for helping me pursue my dreams!”

Saima Javed

MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

“I was fully supported throughout my studies, having completed both my first degree (BSc English Language) and my masters degree (MA in TESOL) at Aston University. The University also fully funded me to complete a HEA Fellowship. I am always and forever grateful to my tutors and programme director, who I am still in contact with years after graduating. Thank you, Aston University for helping me pursue my dreams!”

Saima Javed

MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Course outline and modules

The Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) masters degree at Aston is suitable for both experienced teachers and those who are early in their teaching career with little classroom experience. The course provides opportunities for in-depth investigations into language pedagogy and the theory of language use and is designed to help you make informed decisions on different aspects of TESOL

What you’ll learn

The core modules cover the practical and theoretical background to TESOL/English Language Teaching (ELT), helping you to foster a principled approach to pedagogic practice.

You will study how the English Language works and put your learning into practice with real classroom teaching. Through English teaching, you will develop a deeper understanding of the key principles of classroom activities and will be able to evaluate different approaches to teaching and learning.

You will also be introduced to research methods in TESOL/ELT, providing a foundation for your dissertation.

The course provides the flexibility to choose from a wide range of elective modules, enabling you to tailor your masters to suit your interests and future career goals.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

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.

Core

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.

Language Awareness

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.

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.

Optional

Analysing Discourse

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.

 

Availability of any optional modules will be subject to staff availability and a minimum number of students who express an interest in studying the optional modules.

Entry requirements

2:2 degree. The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.Find out more about our English language requirements.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

Modules are delivered via a variety of innovative and engaging teaching methods. You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for classroom teaching and observation, as well as for individual research.

The taught element of the course is complemented by a substantial piece of research leading to the completion of a dissertation in your area of interest.

Study skills

You will be allocated a personal tutor at the start of your course; this member of academic staff can offer individual study advice and guidance and is there to help support your studies.

Furthermore, you will have access to:

  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups.
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources.
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities and the Chaplaincy.

Assessment

All assessment is by a variety of written assignments, except for Teaching in Practice where assessment involves a series of teaching practice sessions.

Personal development

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.

Programme Director(s)

Dr Muna Morris-Adams

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2021/22): £9,450

International/EU students (2021/22): £17,350

*Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.

The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as home students. Further information can be found here.

Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Graduates of the programme are employed in a variety of roles in the field of TESOL including teachers, directors of studies, educational managers, as well as setting up their own schools or working freelance. They work in a wide range of educational settings, both in the UK and internationally.

Best University Careers Service Award

Aston University was recognised as the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service'.

The Careers and Placements team at Aston University won the 'Best University Careers/Employability Service' category at the National Undergraduate Employability (NUE) Awards 2020 for its use of innovative ideas to engage a high number of students with the service in order to support them with their career planning.

Aston University has strong links with national and international organisations with over 200 employers interacting with students on campus each year.

Apply now

This course is available to study either full-time or part-time.

Apply now to study full-time from September 2021

Apply now to study part-time from September 2021

Frequently asked questions

Why should I study Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA at Aston?

The Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA at Aston will enable you to get a substantial postgraduate qualification in the field of TESOL and put your learning into practice in an exciting and enriching multicultural environment.

Is the Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA at Aston suitable for experienced teachers?

The Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) masters degree at Aston is suitable for both experienced teachers and those who are early in their teaching career with little classroom experience.

What are the career prospects for graduates of the Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA at Aston?

Graduates of the programme are employed as teachers in a wide range of educational settings, both in the UK and internationally.

 

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