Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of Limerick

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Key Fact:
The TESOL programme offers students hands-on teaching experience of teaching english to speakers of other languages through teaching practice modules available each semester.

Subjects taught

Programme Content
Autumn Semester
• Language Systems 1
• SLA Theories and Classroom Applications

• Teaching Practice 1
• Materials Development
• 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

• 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

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.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at www.ul.ie
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to Include with your Application:
Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)

A one page supporting statement

References x 2 - Academic and/or professional

A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where
English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


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.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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