M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

University of Limerick

Tuition fee:
  • € 4,588 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,708 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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.


* To equip graduates with a professional qualification in the area of ELT.
* To enable students to acquire the knowledge, range of capabilities, experiences and qualities that are required for the teaching profession.
* To develop students' understanding of the language-learning process and a critical awareness of associated pedagogies.
* To provide students with the necessary skills to carry out research in the area of ELT.
* To afford the opportunity to develop skills in areas of pedagogic practice relevant in contemporary educational systems internationally, for example, new technologies and materials development.


Autumn Semester
Core modules: language systems, theory and practice, linguistics, research methodologies. Electives: teaching practice, materials design, English as a foreign language.
Spring Semester
Core modules: language systems, theory and practice, dissertation. Electives: teaching practice, information and communication technologies and language studies, English as a foreign language.

'Neither the University of Limerick nor the School of LLCC guarantee the availability of any particular elective module or elective module stream. All elective modules or elective module streams are subject to restrictions such as scheduling and resources. Not all elective modules or elective module streams may be available to candidates. Please contact School of LLCC before registering as to the availability of elective modules or elective module streams.'


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, EFL 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.

What to Include with your Application

* Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
* English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
* A one page supporting statement
* A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

* Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

* Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
* Irish Leaving Certificate English Ordinary Level Grade D or above
* TOEFL 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
* IELTS Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
* English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) Grade C1
* GCE O level English Language/GCSE English Language Grade C or above
* University of Cambridge ESOL Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
* GCE Examination Boards Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

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