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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - with optional specialism MSc (Sept 2022 Entry)

University of St Andrews
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
St Andrews
English
05 September 2022
Application deadline: 11 August 2022

Program description

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - with optional specialism MSc (Sept 2022 Entry)

These courses provide the opportunity to integrate the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages. They are designed to be useful to both experienced teachers and those considering a career in English language teaching.

Students who have an interest in a particular field of TESOL can also choose one of five specialisms to focus their studies on, and graduate with a TESOL degree in that specialism. 

MSc, PGDip or PGCert

You can enrol for one of three different types of qualifications: 

Master of Science (MSc)

A one-year full-time taught course. The MSc requires you to take eight modules and complete a 15,000-word dissertation. 

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

A nine-month full-time taught course. The PGDip requires you to take eight modules over two semesters. Those on the PGDip do not undertake a dissertation. 

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert)

A flexible course that can be taken full time over one semester or part-time over one to two years (subject to visa requirements). The PGCert requires you to take four modules of your choosing. Those on the PGCert do not undertake a dissertation. 

Admission requirements

Typically, you should have one of the following:

  • A 2.1 Honours degree or 3.3/4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) is in any discipline. Applications are welcomed from all education systems.
  • Significant professional or other relevant experience alongside evidence of prior alternative learning (such as professional qualifications or certifications). 

For more information regarding international entry requirements and English language requirements, please visit the institute's website.


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Program content

Compulsory Modules

The following modules are compulsory for those on the MSc and PGDip programmes. If you are studying for the PGCert, you can choose any four modules from this list or from the optional module list (if you are taking the PGCert with a specialism, one of your modules must be related to the specialism). 

  • Action Research for Teachers
  • Language Teaching Methodology
  • Linguistics for Language Teachers
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching and Researching

Optional Modules / Specialisms

Those on the MSc and PGDip programmes will choose three modules from the following list. If you are studying for the PGCert, you can choose any four modules from this list or from the compulsory module list.

  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • English Medium Instruction
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Technology for Teaching

Dissertation

Only those on the MSc programme are required to submit a dissertation. 

For the dissertation, you will choose a topic of interest to you and to your future career. You will read related literature and conduct independent research on your topic.

Student dissertations will be supervised by IE staff members. Supervisors will provide guidance throughout the research process, helping you to formulate a suitable research hypothesis. They will offer advice on relevant literature and how to plan your time effectively.

The completed 15,000-word dissertation must be submitted by a specified date in August. 

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

You will take a variety of taught modules over the first two semesters of the programme, which are delivered through a mixture of:

  • live lectures
  • face-to-face seminars
  • office hours
  • out-of-class activities

Tuition fees

  • Home: £10,395
  • Overseas: £21,390

Career opportunities

TESOL graduates are equipped with a range of skills and experiences which allow them to take on a variety of roles. The majority of TESOL students work within education, either as teachers or lecturers, as researchers, or as policymakers. Other graduates work in publishing, journalism and management.

Lecturers within the International Education Institute have a wealth of both teaching and leadership experience in TESOL, in a range of locations globally. They are active in using their international networks and experience to support and advise students on future career development. Current teaching staff have taught or held educational leadership roles in China, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.

The University Careers Centre also offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and provides a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.

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