About the course
The MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is designed for any graduate who has a strong interest in language learning and teaching. This course 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 such as the use of technology in the classroom.
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.
Our programme is designed to support both native/expert and developing English language users. We welcome applications from graduates with an IELTS average of at least 6, with a 5.5. minimum in all skills. Students with minimum language qualifications (IELTS of 7 or less) will attend a special module which aims to rapidly develop language and academic skills relevant to TESOL.
Students joining the programme also have the opportunity to apply for the Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Trinity CertTESOL is an internationally recognised professional English language teaching qualification. Eligible students will be able to study towards a practical, professional qualification at the same time as the Masters, increasing their actual classroom experience and future employability. Interested candidates will need to be assessed and interviewed for this programme separately, demonstrating a high level of competence in spoken and written English, whether English is their first, second or additional language.
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: 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.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
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)
Postgraduate English and Language Theory for TESOL and Translation
This module supports you in adapting to level 7 study and developing your mastery of relevant subject content within TESOL and Translation Studies. As well as working on language improvement, you will be encouraged to develop critical and analytical skills in such areas as applied linguistics, the English language and language differences.
Dissertation (Culture, Criminology, Creativity, and Community)
You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up a project on a topic of your choice, supported by your dissertation supervisor. The topic must relate to the broad theme of incarceration and demonstrate the MA’s four key ideas - Culture, Criminology, Creativity, and Community. The dissertation will be 15,000 words.