Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL

Key programme benefits to future students
This course aims to enable students to acquire the knowledge, range of capabilities, experiences and qualities that are required for the teaching profession.

This course aims to develop students’ understanding of the language-learning process and a critical awareness of associated pedagogies.

This course aims to equip graduates with a professional qualification in the area of ESOL.

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

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

Optional Modules
Teaching Practice 1 | Professional Language Use for Teachers 1 | Academic Literacies for International PG Students 1 | TESOL in Blended Learning Environments

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

Optional Modules
Teaching Practice 2 | ICT and Language Studies | Professional Language Use for Teachers 2 | Academic Literacies for International PG Students 2

Summer Modules
• Dissertation 1 (Process)
• Dissertation 2 (Product)
• TESOL Praxis

Entry requirements

A second or first class honours level primary degree or equivalent professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - Quality & Qualifications 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. Teaching Practice 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.

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
AND
• English language competency certificate

Application dates

Preparing your Application:
1. Research your programme: Each postgraduate programme at University of Limerick is unique. Explore your course content, duration, fees, and entry requirements on ul.ie.

2. Check Eligibility: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the course you are interested in. This usually includes your undergraduate degree award, subject specialities, English language proficiency (for non-native speakers), and any specific requirements for the course.

3. Prepare Documents: Gather all the necessary documents. This typically includes your academic transcripts, CV, personal statement, and references. If English is not your first language, you’ll also need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

4. Online Application: Once you are ready to apply, visit your postgraduate programme page on ul.ie/gps and use the Apply Now button to access UL’s online application system. You will need to create an account if you are a new user.

5. Complete the Application: Fill in the application form with all the required details. This will include personal information and academic history.

6. Upload Documents: Upload all the necessary documents that you prepared earlier. Make sure they are clear and legible.

7. Submit Application: Review your application thoroughly to ensure all information is correct and then submit your application. The application fee for your postgraduate application is €50. This includes an option to choose a second choice.

8. Track Your Application: After submission, you can track the status of your application through the online application system.

9. Interview: Depending on the programme, you may be invited for an interview. This could be in person or online.

10. Acceptance: If your application is successful, you will receive an offer email from the university. You will need to accept this offer to secure your place.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and places offered to successful candidates. This means that it’s a good idea to apply as early as possible to increase your chances of securing a place.

Please note that these steps are a general guide and the exact process may vary depending on the specific programme and your individual circumstances. Always check the University of Limerick website or contact the postgraduate admissions department for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Duration

1 year full-time, on-campus.

Enrolment dates

Autumn

More details
  • Qualification letters

    MA

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Daytime,Full time

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