Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) (MA)

University of Nottingham the United Kingdom

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1 - 2 year

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About Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) at University of Nottingham

You are welcome to join our diverse and vibrant learning
community of second and foreign language education, primary, secondary and higher education and take the journey of developing a career in the fast-growing area of Chinese language education in the UK or overseas.

We are a team of staff with expertise in applied linguistics,
second/foreign language teaching methods and approaches,
language learners, course design, course management, and
teacher training, drawing on a wide range of intellectual sources,
and well-placed to offer a Masters programme in this subject

As one of the largest in the UK, the School of Education was in the top
10% of UK institutions in RAE2008, placed 6th of 82 for research power,and is the 28th in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014.

On our programme you will:

  • gain knowledge and experience of research and current issues inlanguage teaching and learning
  • develop your critical understanding of developments in TCSOL theory and practice
  • reflect on your own teaching and prepare to conduct independent
  • research into teaching and learning
  • prepare to design and deliver Chinese language programmes invarious local and global teaching contexts
  • be part of a world-class university with an award-winning sustainable environment

On completion of the course you will:

  • leave with an internationally-recognised Masters degree
  • be prepared to develop a career in Chinese teaching, course design or teacher training in education and relevant professions, whether in the private or public sector
  • be ready to commence doctoral studies in applied linguistics, education and social science

The course starts in September and can be completed over one year full-time, or two years part-time.

The course comprises three 20-credit core modules, followed by four 15-credit elective modules, and finally a 60-credit dissertation. There are also Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma exit points.

Up to six electives will be offered each year, depending on recruitment. Electives will normally be run only for a minimum of eight students.

Each 20-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words. 15-credit elective modules are assessed through 3,000-word assignments. The dissertation (between 12,000 and 15,000 words) is based on a negotiated topic, arising from study through the course.

Entry Requirements
For the MA Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages you would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent.

Teaching experience/training: candidates should preferably have some experience of classroom language teaching, or hold a first degree which includes language teaching methodology components, or have attended a substantial language teaching methodology course. Official written evidence of teaching experience/training should be submitted at the time of application.

If your first language is not Chinese, you should either:

  • hold an HSK (hanyu shuiping kaoshi / Chinese Proficiency Test) Level 5 certificate (or approved equivalent), or
  • have an approved first degree which includes a substantial Chinese language component (equivalent to HSK Level 5)

If your first language is not English, you must achieve an IELTS test of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element.

Please visit the course website for further details.



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Entry requirements

IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element)

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