TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and Translation Studies MA - September 2021

Study the MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and Translation Studies at Aston University to pursue a career in teaching English to speakers of other languages and gain additional expertise in translation theory and practice to give your career a head start.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time / Part-time

Course format

Duration

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

UCAS code(s)

N/A

Start date

Overview
Explore TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and Translation Studies at Aston University
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Meet current MA TESOL and Translation Studies student, Archana.

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QS World Rankings by Subject (Linguistics and Modern Languages)

Outstanding achievement.

We've been placed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 for our outstanding achievements in Modern Languages and Linguistics.

The MA in TESOL and Translation Studies at Aston will enable you to pursue a career in teaching English and combining it with providing translation and interpreting services. It is designed for those who have little or no teaching and translation experience and builds on our extensive experience and highly successful stand-alone masters programmes in TESOL and in Translation.

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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.

Laura Toninelli TESOL and Translation Studies student

“I decided to study at Aston because it's one of the best universities in the UK, it offers numerous opportunities of work placement and has a high employability rate.

It's been a unique experience – I've made friends from all over the world and lived in a vibrant city in the heart of England where even a rainy day can turn into an amazing day.”

Laura Toninelli
MA TESOL and Translation Studies

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and Translation Studies MA - September 2021
University of the year
Laura Toninelli TESOL and Translation Studies student

“I decided to study at Aston because it's one of the best universities in the UK, it offers numerous opportunities of work placement and has a high employability rate.

It's been a unique experience – I've made friends from all over the world and lived in a vibrant city in the heart of England where even a rainy day can turn into an amazing day.”

Laura Toninelli
MA TESOL and Translation Studies

Course outline and modules

What you’ll learn

The core TESOL 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.

On the Translation Studies strand of the degree, you will study the translation industry in-depth and gain an thorough understanding of translation theories and strategies so that you are able to take on an informed, critical approach to translation practice. You will also become familiar with the most popular and cutting-edge computer-assisted translation tools in the market, including translation memories, machine translation and localisation tools, and develop expertise in multilingual specialised translation. You will also have the opportunity to work towards SDL Trados certification (the world's leading translation software solution).

The course provides the flexibility to choose from a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to develop in-depth skills in different areas of interest to suit your future career goals.

Modules are shared with the MA in Translating for Business and International Institutions, which is a member of the European Masters in Translation (EMT) network and a corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), so you will have access to professional advice and support, including events, workshops, journals and career bulletins.

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

Core
  • Theory and Practice of English Language Teaching
  • The Translation Industry: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives I
  • Translation Technology I: CAT Tools and Localisation
  • Multilingual Specialised Translation
  • Dissertation
Optional
  • Language and Literature in Education
  • Language Contact and Multilingualism
  • English Teaching Practice
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • The Translation Industry: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives II
  • Translation Technology II: Machine Translation, Post-editing, Audiovisual Translation
  • Business and Enterprise Skills for Translators
  • Translating for International Institutions
  • Specialised Translation Practice: French – English
  • Specialised Translation Practice: German – English
  • Specialised Translation Practice: Spanish – English
  • Translation for Business: Arabic <> English
  • Translation for Business: Chinese <> English
  • Translation for Business: Portuguese <> English
  • Translation Work Placement

 

 

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 in English language, linguistics, translation studies or related discipline (eg. Linguistics, English, Literature).

Must meet English language requirements plus another language equivalent to CEFR C1.

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.

If your first language is not English or your first degree was not taught in English in an English-speaking country, one of the following is required: IELTS 6.5 overall (at least 5.5 in one band and 6.0 in the other bands) or TOEFL iBT 93 overall.

To enrol in one of the optional translation practice modules, you will need to indicate a minimum level of competence as equivalent to CEFR C1 in the language other than English that you plan to study. Applicants who cannot provide formal evidence of their level of language competence in a language other than English will be assessed individually by the department.

Find out more about our English language requirements

Holders of the Chartered Institute of Linguists' Diploma in Translation and Members of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI) may be awarded credits for prior experience.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials.  There are also opportunities for individual research and translation projects.

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.
  • Our computer labs, which provide a number of leading translation tools, such as SDL Trados Studio, MemoQ and Memsource.
  • 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

Assessment is on a credit accumulation basis and using a number of assessment types. We use written and oral examination, portfolios, as well as presentations and short and extended essays (remaining modules). Teaching performance is also assessed. Successful completion of the taught modules is a precondition for proceeding to a 15,000-word dissertation leading to the MA. The dissertation is an independent research project. 

Additionally, all modules include constant formative assessment and a series of formal and informal feedback opportunities.

Personal development

On the translation strand of the degree, you will have the option to gain first-hand experience in the job market through a one-to-three-month-long placement over the summer. In addition, Aston's Careers+Placements Team will offer a number of sessions on such important skills as career planning; CV and cover letter writing, as well as interview skills and using LinkedIn.

Programme Director(s)

Dr Muna Morris-Adams (TESOL)

Professor Frank Austermuehl (Translation Studies)

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

UK postgraduate loans are now open

If you’re starting a masters course on or after 1 August 2021, you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with course fees and living costs.

UK postgraduate loans are now open

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.

20 per cent postgraduate alumni scholarship

 

Cost shouldn't limit your career aspirations, which is why we are delighted to offer all Aston graduates (including exchange students) a 20% loyalty scholarship in standard taught MA, MSc and Full-time MBA course fees.

This means that as an Aston graduate applying to our MA TESOL and Translation Studies course, you could save...

£1,890

UK students
(Total saving equivalent to 20% of the annual tuition fee)

£3,470

International/EU students
(Total saving equivalent to 20% of the annual tuition fee)

As an Aston graduate you will automatically qualify. For more information visit our webpage.

Career prospects

Listen to this Aston means business podcast episode on how UK SMEs who embrace language capabilities are 30% more successful at exporting.

Demand for translators and interpreters has greatly increased as business and other organisations become more globalised and interconnected. Graduates of the TESOL and Translation Studies masters course at Aston have gone on to work as translators, technical editors and translation project managers for translation companies and software developers, both in the UK and abroad.

Graduates of Aston’s TESOL programmes are employed as teachers 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.

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

Frequently asked questions

Why should I study my postgraduate degree at Aston University?

There are lots of benefits of studying a postgraduate degree at Aston University.

Watch this video from MBA student, Monique, who talks about just a few of them:

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

The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages) and Translation Studies MA at Aston will enable you to pursue a career in TESOL alongside gaining expertise in translation theory and practice.

 It is designed for those who have little or no teaching experience and builds on our extensive experience and highly successful distance learning masters courses in TESOL.

Is there a demand for translators?

Demand for translators and interpreters has greatly increased as business and other organisations become more globalised and interconnected. Translation studies graduates have gone on to work as translators, technical editors and translation project managers for translation companies and software developers, both in the UK and abroad.

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

Graduates of Aston’s TESOL courses are employed as teachers in a wide range of educational settings, both in the UK and internationally.

Why should I study translation studies at Aston?

Aston has a long tradition of translation teaching and a great reputation for the quality of our teaching and learning. The University is a member of the prestigious European Masters in Translation (EMT) Network. As a corporate member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI), you will also have access to the ITI’s advice and support, including a mentoring programme, events, workshops, journals and career bulletins.

 

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