Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) has been designed specifically with the aim of providing initial teacher education for those wishing to become teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL; this takes in English as a Foreign Language, EFL, and English as a Second Language, ESL). The programme is designed to accommodate participants in search of an initial English language teaching qualification, as well as experienced English language teachers who wish to upskill and/ or gain an MA level qualification.

Entry requirements

A second or first class honours level primary degree or equivalent professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).

All candidates will also be required to attend an interview. Where candidates are overseas these may be conducted via telephone or Skype. Candidates who do not meet the above degree/qualification requirements may apply for admission to the degree course. The admission of such applicants would be exceptional and would be subject to the applicant's interview and the approval of the Course Director and course team. In such cases, equivalent prior professional experience will be considered.

Applicants' qualification for entry to some of the modules, e.g. TP and Materials Development modules, will be ascertained on the basis of demonstrated language proficiency, prior teaching qualification/s and teaching experience. This will initially be done at interview stage, and electives for Semester 2 will be decided in consultation with course team by the end of Semester 1.

International students require an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) composite score in the range of 6.5 - 7 and not less than 6 in any one component, as for entry to all programmes in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

Please note that places on the programme are offered on the basis of all the above, viz. qualifications, performance at interview, language proficiency level (if applicable) as well as candidates' references given in the application form.

Subjects taught

Autumn Semester

• Language Systems 1
• SLA Theories and Classroom Applications
• Research Methodology in
• Applied Language Studies

Electives:
• Teaching Practice 1
• Materials Design
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 1
• Professional Language Use for Teachers 1
• TESOL in Blended Learning Environments

Spring Semester

• Language Systems 2
• Language Pedagogy for ELT
• Linguistics for Language Teaching

Electives:
• Teaching Practice 2
• ICT and Language Studies
• Academic Literacies for International Postgraduate Students 2
• Professional Language Use for Teachers 2

Summer Semester
• Dissertation 1
• Dissertation 2
• TESOL Praxis

Duration

1 Year Full- Time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
Students graduating from this course have followed a number of career paths in the past. These include: teaching at various levels (including university), school management, publishing, materials' development, technical writing, adult education and support, further study to PhD level.

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  • Qualification letters

    MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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