English Language and Communication

MA, Postgraduate Diploma Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Study in the historic city of Canterbury, just 60 miles from London and with easy access to the continent.

Our MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable.

You will:

  • develop your teaching expertise and an understanding of many approaches to teaching English as a foreign, second or other language
  • become familiar with a wide range of literature about the field of teaching English
  • develop an ability to present an argument in an academic context
  • learn how to carry out research related to many aspects of TESOL

The course offers:

  • a taught first stage, the Postgraduate Diploma TESOL
  • a second dissertation stage with an individual tutor
  • a chance to exchange views about TESOL with international colleagues on ‘experience’ and ‘non- experience’ routes
  • a substantial core of modules and a variety of Elective modules
  • if you have appropriate qualifications, the chance to obtain TEFL Q status on the Teaching Practice module
  • an excellent combination of theory and practice

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a professional development qualification designed for practising teachers of English as a foreign or second language from all parts of the world – the ‘experience’ route.

It is also designed for graduates who wish to begin a career in English language teaching – the ‘non- experience’ route.

It allows both graduates and teachers to develop and further their professional competence alongside an understanding of the theoretical implications of the practice of ELT.

The MA/Postgraduate Diploma has two stages:

  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • MA dissertation (15,000-18,000 words)

Both stages can be completed in 12 months. Part- time students complete the Postgraduate Diploma in two years (taking 60 credits each year) and have 12 months to complete the MA dissertation.

Modules

Compulsory core modules (20 credits)

  • ELT Methodology and Classroom Investigation
  • Language Systems and Appropriate Methodology
  • Second Language Learning
  • Course Design and Assessment (10 credits)
  • Research in TESOL
  • Teaching Practice or Practical Project ('experience' route)
  • Fundamentals in English Language Teaching ('non- experience') route

Elective modules (10 credits)

Elective modules depend on student demand:

  • Young Learners
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Cultural Issues in Language Learning and Teaching
  • Literature in the English Language Classroom
  • Drama in ELT l Language in Use
  • Teacher Education
  • Using Technology in the ELT Classroom
  • Materials and Task Design

The skills and attributes you acquire will help you obtain professional promotion to positions in TESOL where MA qualifications are necessary or desirable.

For example:

  • in primary, secondary or tertiary school management abroad
  • as Directors of Studies or Academic Directors in local and national English language schools
  • in Departments of Ministries of Education, such as curriculum and syllabus design, materials writing and assessment
  • teacher training
  • TESOL publishing
  • examinations writing
  • academic teaching and research posts in TESOL

Fees

The 2015/16 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per stage:UK/EUOverseas
Full MA

£4,750

£12,500*

MA, continuation from PG Diploma

£2,645

n/a

PG Diploma

£2,105

n/a

The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:

Fee per stage:UK/EUOverseas
Full MA

£4,900

£12,500*

MA, continuation from PG Diploma

£2,725

n/a

PG Diploma

£2,175

n/a

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated, and may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

Students may self-fund their course or a Sponsor may fund or part-fund. 

Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Essays, reports, portfolios, practical teaching and an oral presentation, as well as a 15,000-18,000 word dissertation (for the MA).

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Or contact the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics on:

Tel: +44 (0)1227 782585

Email: language.studies@canterbury.ac.uk

Fact file

Length

  • 12 months

Entry requirements

  • For the 'experience' route you will need to have a relevant Bachelor's degree at 2:2 or above; approximately one year's classroom teaching experience. For the 'non- experience' route you will need to have a relevant Bachelor's degree at 2:2 or above and proven language learning ability.
  • For both routes, if your mother tongue is not English you will need to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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