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TESOL Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages MA

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • 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.

We also run MA English Language Teaching for more experienced English as a Foreign Language teachers.

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.

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)

Teacher training, education and childhood and youth studies

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)

Languages and linguistics

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.

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 a 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

Octavia Harris

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

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

Sarah Khan

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Sarah Khan

Pat Iger

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Pat Iger

Walter Nowlan

Senior Lecturer

School of Arts & Humanities

Walter Nowlan

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)

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Pre-masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our pre-masters and foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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.

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

Fees and funding

Fees for entry in September 2022 have not been confirmed.

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.

Fees for entry in September 2022 have not been confirmed.

Please see our international fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

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 directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

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.

Good luck with your application!

Help and support

There is lots of advice and guidance about how to apply, fees and scholarships, qualifications, and student life on our dedicated International students website.

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