The BA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Italian opens doors to a variety of rewarding careers around the world. In the TESOL component, we look at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and relates this to teaching English to speakers of other languages. The Italian component includes intensive training in Italian, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary Italian society, history and literature.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.
Students will also spend a year in Italy.
- All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the Italian- speaking world.
- Italian is offered as a beginners, intermediate and advanced language.
- During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Italy.
- Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in Italy.
- The TESOL component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
- In year 2, students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview. The typical cost is £1430;but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.
- Students can practice teaching during their year abroad.
- Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
- Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.
Our students have an academic mentor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
Students study three modules in Italian and three in TESOL.
The Italian component includes intensive training in Italian, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary Italian society, history and literature.
In the TESOL component, we look at:
- how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts;
- how language has developed over time;
- how we learn our first language and subsequent languages;
- how language operates in bilingual contexts;
- how we produce and understand language in real time, as well as
- how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.
- how different methods are used to teach language;
- how children learn an additional language;
- how theories of second language acquisition relate to teaching;
- how current research into English Language Teaching informs practice.