University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Applied Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL)

The course is ideal for practicing ELT/EFL/TESOL teachers who wish to continue their professional development and improve their career prospects. As well as thoroughly reviewing developments in the field, this flexible course allows students to develop their expertise in areas of personal interest.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent, plus initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience.English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.5.

Course modules

The course is structured on the basis of core units and optional units. You will study:

Second Language Acquisition: This unit reviews relevant research on the topic of SLA and builds on students' previous experience of language learning, applying this to areas such as individual differences and types of learning, as well as to more formal approaches to SLA.
Theory and Practice of TESOL: Students consider the theory and practice that informs communicative language teaching and how individual and contextual factors impact on classroom practices and decision making. In so doing, they reflect on their own teaching and learning experiences. The unit also considers issues in curriculum and syllabus design, assessment and teacher education.
Dissertation: Students undertake a piece of significant research, reported and analysed in an appropriate manner in an area of professional relevance. A research proposal will be produced in the first instance and supervision from a tutor will be available throughout the process.
plus two options from:

Using Technology and Corpora in Learning, Teaching and Research: Students are introduced to the ways in which they can make use of technology as both language teachers and language researchers. In particular, the unit focuses on the technological affordances of the internet and language corpora.
World Englishes: The English language has always been characterised by dynamic change. This unit considers the political, ideological and pedagogical aspects of English being used as a global lingua franca.
Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Material: This unit develops students' abilities to analyse teaching materials, with particular emphasis on the perspectives of discourse, pragmatics and theories of second language acquisition. Students will focus on evaluating and writing material with particular teaching contexts in mind.
Analysing Discourse: This unit introduces various analytical tools (e.g. appraisal, speech acts, modality, metaphors, transitivity, cohesion, theme-rheme) which are valuable in the analysis of authentic discourses and texts (e.g. courtroom discourse, social media, educational science texts, newspaper texts, political speeches, advertisements, etc.). The importance of context in any analysis is emphasised.
Professional Portfolio: This unit offers students the opportunity to profile their degree to their own professional and/or personal interests, allowing students the chance to study areas not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Students negotiate an area for study and then pursue this with the support of a supervisor.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

Our campus programme combines the opportunity for traditional classroom-based teaching, with the flexibility of distance learning. A student can complete the programme (excluding the dissertation) entirely through classroom delivery. Alternatively, they can widen their option choices by selecting one or more units from the distance learning and supervised unit ranges.

A full time student will do one core unit and one option in each teaching block (plus their dissertation). A part time student will do a core unit in each teaching block of year one and an option unit in each teaching block of year two (plus their dissertation).

Typically each taught unit runs for twelve weeks and has four hours of teaching per week. Teaching takes place in small seminar groups, allowing students to analyse arguments, contribute ideas and ask questions. Tutors are also available to offer guidance to students on an individual basis.

How are you assessed?

Most units are assessed through at least two pieces of coursework (typically essays), amounting to 6,000 words in total for the unit.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,600 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 5,750 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,300 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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