About the course
The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed primarily for language graduates, or those with either a teaching qualification or experience. It is ideal if you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, and to explore new developments in language teaching and the use of technology in the classroom.
Key features include the theory, research and practical aspects of language teaching through observation, reflection and practice. The MA in TESOL at Hull is unusual in that we include a practical teaching component, with observed classroom practice an integral part of the course. As such, newcomers to teaching and experienced classroom practitioners alike can explore the role of a language teacher in the modern world.
You will be able to explore innovative language learning and teaching, using a range of technologies in the classroom and online. Our Language Learning Centre hosts a wealth of material on campus, including a library of audio and visual resources and teaching rooms equipped with the latest technology.
You will have the opportunity to combine TESOL with Translation Studies, either with the emphasis on TESOL or Translation Studies, selecting modules from each programme.
You can develop advanced academic English language skills and research techniques in the dissertation module seminar series.
What you'll study
The central themes of the programme engage with theoretical and practical teaching issues. You follow introductory modules in Semester 1. In Semester 2, you have the opportunity to enhance your practical teaching skills and look at innovative approaches to teaching, building on theoretical expertise developed in the first semester. In Semester 3, you undertake a 15,000-word dissertation.
Optional modules cover: EFL/ESOL exams and testing; lexical approaches in language learning; new technologies in language learning/teaching; and teaching English for specific purposes.
The primary methods are by essays and continuous assessment, followed by a 15,000-word dissertation for the Masters stage of the programme.
MA in TESOL with Translation Studies
If you want to acquire an in-depth knowledge of English and how to teach it, but would like the added employability factor of understanding translation theories and practice, the MA in TESOL with Translation Studies offers a distinct pathway.
This combined course enables you to study modules in line with your future career. You will major in and study the same core modules as the straight TESOL Masters, but can choose from a variety of translation studies modules as options.
Second Language Acquisition (Semester 1)
Systems of the English Language
Explore the four systems of the English language : grammar, lexis, phonology and discourse. Develop your understanding of these systems as well as current ideas surrounding effective teaching.
Approaches to English Language and Teaching (Semester 2)
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.
Postgraduate English for Academic Purposes (core for overseas applicants who do not have 7.0 IELTS)
Designed for international students, this module offers specific academic language guidance and practice for study and research at postgraduate level. A broad range of topics will be covered from various academic disciplines to facilitate your language development and competence.
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