TESOL by web-based distance learning (MA)

University of Nottingham the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
1 Years

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How you will study
full-time, distance

Course starts
September, January, May

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About TESOL by web-based distance learning at University of Nottingham

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (web-based) is taught entirely online and is suitable if you are:

  • a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), orworking in a related profession
  • keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience, or seeking to improve your career prospects
  • interested in researching your own teaching practices or context

The course aims to develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice and to stimulate you to reflect on your own teaching. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning.

The MA TESOL (web-based) is available for part-time study only and takes approximately 2 years and 8 months to complete.

There are three start dates during the academic year - September, January and May.

The programme is structured so that you complete:

  • three core modules in your first year of study (a total of 60 credits)
  • four elective modules (from a choice of eight) in your second year of study (a total of 60 credits)
  • a 60-credit dissertation in your final year

The three core, 20-credit modules, each of which is run over a period of four months once a year, are:

  • The Language Learner and Language Learning (May to September)
  • Developments in TESOL Methodology (September to January)
  • Applied Linguistics for TESOL (January to May)

The module you begin with depends on the start date you have chosen.

Each of the core modules follows the same delivery pattern:

  • a 'soft start' introductory week
  • ten weeks of structured engagement with the module materials
  • six further weeks in which to complete the module assignment

After you have finished the core modules you will need to complete four 15-credit elective modules. Typically, elective modules require a minimum enrolment of four students and may be withdrawn if this requirement is not met.

You will be asked to sign up online for each elective a minimum of three weeks before the module start date.

Each 20-credit module is assessed by a written assignment of 4,000 words, and 15-credit modules by a written assignment of 3,000 words (or equivalent). To complete the Masters programme successfully, a pass of 50 must be achieved on each assignment. For award of the MA, you must also complete a 60-credit dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) which is an original piece of research on an approved topic.

Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience, and allow you to make decisions about which aspects of a module to work on when, and at what pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and the module units will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis, and discussion boards.

Entry Requirements

For the MA TESOL (web-based) you would normally be expected to hold an honours degree at 2:2 level or above, or its international equivalent.

Teaching experience
If you have a first degree that does NOT include a focus on language teaching theory and methodology, you must have a minimum of nine months’ full-time classroom English language teaching experience (650 hours of part-time experience). Please note that teaching experience calculation should NOT include any teaching practuicum taken as part of a course. Consideration will also be given to applicants if you can demonstrate that your first degree included English language teaching methodology components, or that you have attended a substantial, approved TESOL methodology course and have a minimum of two months’ full-time classroom English teaching experience (145 hours of part-time experience).

Written evidence of experience from employers should be submitted at the time of application. If you have part-time English teaching experience, you should show how your teaching hours have been calculated. If you have online teaching experience, you will also need to show how your hours have been calculated, and provide written evidence from employers.

English Language Requirements
IELTS test of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element

Please visit the course website for further information.


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  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, DistanceHow long you will study1 year
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Entry requirements

IELTS:7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all elements.

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