Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

This programme is designed for people who are already English language teachers and who want to develop their career opportunities, or for those with less experience but with a strong interest in pursuing a career in this field. The programme will develop your understanding of both classroom practice and key areas of research which inform that practice. Through your acquaintance with current literature and the research you carry out in completing course assignments, you will be able to engage critically and constructively in debates relating to a wide range of aspects of language teaching. If you are (or intend to be) responsible for the professional development of colleagues, you will be equipped to identify and put into practice a range of activities for fostering growth and development. A unique feature of the programme is its combination of modules which focus on language teaching, and those which allow a broader focus on the psychological and social aspects of language learning and teaching in an increasingly multilingual world. Another unique feature of the programme is that students from all over the world have the opportunity to share their experiences with locally based teachers of languages other than English, thus gaining insight into a range of language teaching contexts in the UK, including the state education system.

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second-Class Honours degree or above (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules (worth 30 credits each) and 2 or 3 option modules (worth 30 credits each), and complete a 12,000-15,000-word dissertation (worth 60 credits) or a 4500-5000-word independent literature review (worth 30 credits).

Note: please check with the programme office for availability of the modules listed.

Core modules:

Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts;
Research Methods and Design.

Option modules:

International Management Communication;
Introduction to Applied Linguistics;
Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts;
Language, Culture and Communication;
Linguistic Description for Language Teaching;
Marketing Communications: An Introduction;
Second and Additional Language Acquisition;
Sociolinguistics.

Dissertation/Independent Literature Review:

Dissertation;
Independent Literature Review.

Assessment methods

For your coursework, you complete a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words or an independent literature review of 4000-5000 words.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 13,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 6,875 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6499