(MA) Education with TESOL

Overview

If you have a passion for education and a curiosity about the language teaching and learning process itself then this course will both enthuse and challenge in equal measure. The MA Education with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programme is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career and have a special interest in working with learners of English as an additional, second or foreign language.

Key Facts
Award: Masters
UCAS Code:
Academic School: School of Teacher Development
Duration: 1 year
Mode of Study: Full-time
Start Date: September
Awarding Institution: Bishop Grosseteste University
Institution Code: B38
Entry Requirements

You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree with a minimum of lower second class honours (or equivalent).

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.

Further Information

Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.

About The Course

If you have a passion for education and a curiosity about the processes involved in the teaching and learning of language, then our exciting Masters level course in Education with TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is ideal for you. The course is designed with both aspiring and experienced teachers in mind. It will provide the tools and resources that you need in order to develop your teaching skills, reflect upon your professional practice and conduct your own research in the field of English Language Education.

During the course you will develop a comprehensive understanding of professional competence and the theoretical implications of the practice of English Language Teaching. With an emphasis on the integration of practice and theory, you will acquire expertise in approaches and techniques to teaching language to speakers of other languages and develop a range of practical skills.

The course can act as perfect preparation for anyone wishing to teach or undertake a pastoral role either internationally or in an independent educational setting within the UK. It accommodates both early career teachers seeking a grounding in the core disciplines of TESOL and those with considerable experience who are hoping to consolidate or progress into specialist areas of expertise.

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Delivery

There are a number of study modes available; learning methods include lectures, directed reading, workshops, student and staff-led seminars, and project work. Teaching, learning and assessment draw on the different backgrounds, experience and knowledge of participants, and encourage critical reflection. Teaching style is highly participatory and engages you in practical teaching, workshop activities, online discussion, peer evaluation, presentations and research projects, with students drawing on their professional experience, home culture and language. The programme is supported by a full online ‘virtual learning environment’ which includes readings, discussions, session materials, peer support for assignments, and opportunities for students on campus and online to share professional concerns and debates.

Assessment

We aim to make assessment an integral part of your learning. The assessment tasks take a number of forms as all tasks are appropriate to the content and learning outcomes of the unit being assessed. These include essay or report writing, online discussions, group tasks, oral presentation and reviewing a text. Assignments will be assessed with reference to guidelines provided in individual module handbooks and will relate closely to the learning outcomes for that particular module. Assessments are supported by an online question and answer discussions, presentations of work in progress with a tutor and peer feedback, and/or formative tasks with detailed feedback.

Careers & Further Study

The MA Education with TESOL programme is ideal preparation for anyone wishing to teach or undertake a pastoral role, internationally or in an independent educational setting within the UK. It is ideal for international students/teachers wishing to return home to teach English, in a range of educational settings including international schools, colleges, and businesses. Equipped with relevant research skills and advanced knowledge about second language acquisition and language learning, you will have all of the relevant training you need to begin your career with opportunities across the world in the field of English language teaching.

On successful completion you will be able to apply your knowledge of the latest theory, policy and practise of international English language education to a variety of global professions, not only in second language teaching in schools and universities, but also in educational management, educational marketing, teacher training, materials development and publishing.

Specific career opportunities include: Director of studies of a language school or department; English language teacher/lecturer/instructor – lecturer in English for academic purposes; Teaching mother tongue (eg Mandarin) in the UK; Becoming an English as an Additional Language (EAL) coordinator in a UK independent school; English language trainer in intercultural communication and business communication; Setting up a language school; Writing course books for an international publisher; Becoming an editor for a TESOL publisher;

Students graduating with an MA Education with TESOL will find career progression enhanced as a result of following this course. Alongside the MA, for students who wish to progress towards achieving QTS, opportunities exist to complete our pre-teaching course which can assist you with gaining a place on one of our PGCE courses.

Successful completion of the MA can also open the door to study for a PhD or professional doctorate. Some MA graduates move on to teaching positions in higher education, to leadership positions within an educational organisation, or move from general English to specific English teaching for academic purposes, business and law.

Modules
The dissertation demands enquiry and research skills, intellectual awareness of issues, discriminating use of research methodologies and refinement of argument, all at the highest levels within the framework for M-Level qualifications. You will face the challenge of developing a sustained, accurate, subtle and reflective argument on an educational issue, with a view to impacting on policy, practice and learners progress.
This is a core module intended to provide you with sufficient theoretical, conceptual and philosophical grounding in qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research designs to become an increasingly informed and productive member of your own professional and scholarly communities. The module will provide you with the research skills to commission or carry out and critically evaluate rigorous research in the field of education and TESOL.
The aim of the module is to develop your understanding of the ideological and structural features of educational policy text, how these are constructed (including the impact and use of educational research), and how these influence practice at individual, institutional, national and global levels. It aims to interrogate the ways in which concepts of teacher professionalism, organizational development and pedagogical improvement in different contexts are constructed through education policy at national and international levels.
This module is designed to develop knowledge of and explore the application of the methodology of teaching English as a second/foreign language. The module has a strong practical focus on aspects of English language teaching in order to ensure that you are equipped with essential experience and knowledge to enable you to prepare for, plan and deliver successful English language lessons in a real teaching context.
This module examines the current ‘lingua franca’ status of the English language. The implications of this status are wide-ranging as it causes major changes in the way in which the language is conceptualised, used, taught, learned and assessed globally. A further aim of the module is to develop your language awareness and to give you a thorough understanding of the key systems and skills of the English language.
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A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.

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