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University of Hertfordshire

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2014/15


This course is ideal if you have little or no teaching experience

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Contents About the course

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Modules 4-5 Start dates and entry requirements

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MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) About the course The MA TESOL is the ideal course if you are a graduate in English with little or no teaching experience and want to reach postgraduate level in the field of English language teaching. This course is uniquely designed to develop your English language skills with an in-depth introduction to teaching English.

It also gives you a strong practical foundation for your future development in English language teaching. The advantage of this course is that the practical teaching element is a central feature and gives you the opportunity to participate in practice teaching sessions throughout your studies.

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Modules Research methodology and academic study skills An innovative aspect of our course is the integrated research methods and academic study skills module. The module improves your knowledge of English for academic purposes, your reading, listening, writing, speaking and study skills. It also develops your research skills in the context of English language teaching and learning.

Methods and materials design in English language teaching This module examines and evaluates a range of teaching methods, for example, the grammar translation method, task-based learning and communicative language teaching. The module also provides a theoretical basis for adapting and designing materials. You will adapt existing teaching materials and design your own. These can be used for teaching a variety of languages.

Linguistic analysis for language teaching This module gives you the linguistic foundations of effective communication in English. You will analyse a range of oral and written texts and assess their effectiveness so that you can apply this knowledge to a range of teaching and learning situations.

Teaching English as an international language The module promotes a critical understanding of how English is used by a wide, international range of speakers and how English use has changed over the last twenty years. It shows you how English is used worldwide and how this knowledge can be used in the practical planning, execution and evaluation of English language teaching programmes and individual English lessons.

Approaches to teaching and learning languages This module has two aims. The first is to help you understand and critically evaluate dominant theories of how second languages are learned. The second is to familiarise you with the main approaches to how second languages are taught, including the theories underlying these methods. This involves a critical examination of teachers’ beliefs. Practice of English language teaching 1 This module demonstrates practical teaching techniques (eg classroom management, planning, conveying and checking meaning and teaching phonology) which you will implement during teaching practice with language learners and your peers. You will also observe experienced teachers in the classroom.

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Course and syllabus design in English language teaching The module considers and critically evaluates concepts and theories underlying the various approaches to course and syllabus design. It provides hands-on experience of designing courses and syllabuses and includes analysing needs, specifying aims and objectives, designing syllabuses and course evaluation. Blended learning in English language teaching The module introduces the various technologies available for use in English language teaching. It examines the concepts and theories related to the use of such technologies. It provides experience of using these technologies and integrating them into your teaching.


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Modules Practice of English language teaching 2 This module develops a critical awareness of a range of English language teaching methodologies and teaching contexts. You will develop the ability to implement features of different methodologies and to adapt approaches to a variety of teaching contexts. The module includes demonstration lessons, classroom observation, supervised lesson planning and feedback on students’ planning and teaching.

Dissertation You will draw on your experience of the formally taught modules in order to carry out a piece of research. The module develops your ability to explore issues of a theoretical and practical nature.

Research methodology and dissertation skills This module provides you with the opportunity to understand the structure of a dissertation and the content that is expected. You will use search tools to identify and select appropriate literature, and critically evaluate that literature against a specific research question.

One of the biggest advantages of the MA TESOL is its practicality and opportunity to apply the new knowledge when teaching a ‘real’ group of students

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You will analyse a range of oral and written texts and assess their effectiveness so that you can apply this knowledge to a range of teaching and learning situations


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Start dates and entry requirements This course starts in September and is one-year full-time. You should have the equivalent of a UK second class honours degree in a field related to language, English or education. You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for this course, IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 88.

If you have not yet achieved the required English language level for entry to this course you could complete one of our English language preparatory programmes prior to your chosen degree. For more information please see go.herts.ac.uk/prep

This course gives you the opportunity to participate in practice teaching sessions

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MA Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages 2014/15