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TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time or two - five years part-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This course is ideal for those with no or very little prior English language teaching experience (less than two years) who wish to become an English language teacher to speakers of other languages.

The course has a practical focus and is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge base required to excel as an English language teaching professional in a global environment

What you’ll study

The course has a very practical focus. You will have the opportunity to take a one-year module on practical teaching. You will be involved in demonstrating a range of teaching methods in practical sessions, including:

  • designing teaching materials
  • planning lessons and tests
  • practising teaching in a peer group
  • analysing real lessons through DVD observations.

At the end of the course you will be able to accumulate the teaching materials  you develop into a portfolio for job applications.

We very much value the range of perspectives that students from different socio-cultural contexts bring to teaching and learning. The profile of course participants is very international, including most recently Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland and the UK.

Our teaching methods encourage active participation in group work, discussion and the exchange of ideas, with the aim of developing your critical and analytical skills.

We offer a high level of in-sessional support designed specifically around the needs of students, both in classes and on an individual basis.  We provide one-to-one help with assignment and dissertation writing and are always happy to make appointments with students who want to talk privately about their work and progress.

The course is divided into modules, which are worth a number of credits, and are separately taught and assessed.  To get your degree you have to pass all modules to gain 180 credits.

Core modules

  • Exploring English Language Learning and Teaching (40 credit points): You'll gain knowledge and awareness of approaches and methods in language teaching.  Through discussion and hands-on experience, you'll develop the ability to plan and deliver effective language lessons and understand the key practical and theoretical issues involved in language teaching and learning.
  • Describing English Language (20 credit points): You will develop knowledge on structure of English in terms of the language systems: pronunciation, lexis and grammar.  It also focuses on why knowledge of these systems and ability to analyse language are essential skills for the language teacher, and how they can be used in a variety of language teaching situations.
  • Materials and Assessment in Language Teaching (20 credits): This module provides an introduction to needs analysis and syllabus design for language teaching and introduces the key issues in assessment of language learning.  You will analyse and critique teaching and assessment materials in relation to specific teaching contexts.  You will create materials to adapt published teaching materials for a specific context and create classroom-based assessment tools.
  • Research Methods (20 credit): This module provides essential preparation for assignments and dissertations.  You will develop research skills and apply them to methodologies required for English Language Teaching research.  In the first half, you'll analyse the key components in published research literature and critically evaluate the research design and methodology used.  In the second half, you'll design a small-scale research project and conduct a pilot study to prepare for your dissertation.
  • Dissertation (60 credits): The dissertation is a 15,000-word piece of independent work that builds upon the practical, theoretical and research skills of the MA course.  It is an opportunity for you to follow your own interests, demonstrate your strengths and produce a rigorously researched dissertation on a specific subject.

Optional modules

You will also choose one of the following 20 credit optional modules:

  • Blended Learning and Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL): Multimedia Applications in Language Learning;
  • English for Professional Purposes;
  • Materials Development;
  • Teacher Education;
  • Teaching English to Young Learners;
  • Teaching Speaking, Listening and Pronunciation;
  • Teaching Reading and Writing;
  • Vocabulary;
  • English for Academic Purpose; and
  • Intercultural Communication.

Further information on what you'll study

Sam Barclay

Sam Barclay, Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) gives us an insight into his role and the benefits of english language teaching courses.

"The great thing about our course here at NTU is that it's so practical. Very few other courses in the UK offer students the chance to teach in front of real students. We also provide opportunities to observe others teach and give all our learners useful feedback. On the MA ELT course we work with students on teacher training - a fantastic opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge and practice what they study." Read more...

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Amal Hanashi

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The ability to access NTU anywhere is excellent as I can work and download articles and papers outside the library. Sometimes I worked from home and during the summer holidays, I worked from my home town in Oman.

Phuong Nga Ngo

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

I really enjoy my course, especially all the modules. I get the chance to learn all the theories about the field, as well as be taught by knowledgeable teachers. I also have peer-teaching and teaching practice sessions where I can practice and apply everything.

Zheng Wang

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

When I graduate, I will have the opportunity to find a good job, not only in my home country, but also in other countries where the native language is not English.

How you’re taught

Assessment

Assessment methods on this course are designed to evaluate your ability to apply theoretical concepts to practical work and where possible to relate ideas and proposals to your own teaching context.
A range of assignment types are used including essays, practical tasks, portfolios, presentations, demonstration lessons and class tests.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Staff Profiles

Dr Amy Wang

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Language Centre

Dr Amy Wang is the Course Leader for MA English Language Teaching and MA TESOL at Nottingham Trent University. While her research specialises in pragmatics, corpus linguistics and discourse analysis,

James Cooper

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

James Cooper is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University specialising in second language pedagogy.

Samuel Barclay

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Samuel Barclay

Sarah Khan

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Sarah Khan

Octavia Harris

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Octavia Harris is the EFL and Business English Subject Coordinator for ULP.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Our graduates are now working as English language teaching professionals, teacher trainers, textbook writers or university lecturers throughout the world.

Although this course does not offer a formal placement, it is a vocationally focused course which aims to help you to achieve an English Language teaching post in your chosen country. You will have the opportunity to take a one-year module on practical teaching and be involved in demonstrating a range of teaching methods in practical sessions, designing teaching materials, planning lessons, and tests.

Entry requirements

  • You will need a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent.

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need the equivalent to:

  • a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2)

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for September 2023 will be confirmed in late 2022

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

* Please note that if you are considering a part-time route that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for Year One of study. The course fee for Year Two is subject to annual review.

Fees may be subject to change.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Tuition fees for September 2023 will be confirmed in late 2022

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us?

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide. You can apply for this course throughout the year. Most of our postgraduate and professional courses are popular and fill up quickly though, so apply as soon as you can.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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