Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    10708
    Tuition (Year)
    5250
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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). 

About

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.

The programme encourages participants to develop and reflect upon their understanding of the various theoretical and practical issues that impact upon the field of language teaching. It places particular emphasis on the notion of informed and critical teaching and the need for teachers to mediate between theory and practice in constructing pedagogies according to specific teaching and learning contexts. In line with the most recent approaches in the field, language technology and, particularly, corpus-based approaches to the study and description of language, feature strongly in our modules. A balance is maintained throughout the course between linguistic content, pedagogic content, and teaching-related research. Participants have the opportunity to complete one or two modules of teaching practice as part of the programme.  After completing the two taught semesters of the programme (60 credits), participants may opt to exit the programme at the end of Semester 2 with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Oblectives

  • To equip graduates with a professional qualification in the area of ESOL.
  • 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 ESOL.
  • 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.

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Department of Education and Skills, Ireland, University of Limerick (UL) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Limerick (UL) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Language Systems Theory & Practice
  • Linguistics
  • Research Methodologies.
  • Teaching Practice
  • Materials Design
  • English as a Foreign Language.
  • Language Systems Theory & Practice
  • Dissertation 
  • Teaching Practice
  • Information & Communication Technologies & Language Studies
  • English as a Foreign Language.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade A): 200

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic 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.

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)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 10708 International
  • EUR 5250 EU/EEA

Funding

Taught Postgraduate Programme Funding

  • Funding information for Taught Postgraduate Programmes 2014/15 and additional postgraduate funding within the faculties is available by visiting the Faculty websites

Applying for a Scholarship

  • The University of Limerick is offering taught postgraduate scholarships to potential applicants for the 2014/15 academic year. The value of each scholarship is €2,000. The successful candidates will receive the scholarship in the form of a reduced fee. The Scholarships will be allocated by the faculties on the basis of financial need and personal statement from the applicants.

Research Postgraduate Funding

  • The following bursaries/scholarships for the Research Postgraduate students are administered by the Graduate School. The funding is provided with assistance from the UL Foundation, Campus Life Services and UL Graduate School. The busaries/scholarships are advertised on an annual basis.

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