University of York

University of York

Teaching English to Young Learners (by distance)

The MA in TEYL is a distance programme and involves attendance at two intensive introductory modules, either online, or face-to-face at a partner learning centre. This programme will enable participants to gain a full understanding of: how young learners develop and learn; how foreign languages are acquired by young learners; how the most suitable classroom environments are created for young learner acquisition of languages; how assessment and evaluation in TEYL can be managed and carried out; how curriculum and syllabus design can be approached; how materials for the YL classroom can be designed and created; how professional development in the field of TEYL can be managed; how to design, carry out and interpret outcomes of classroom investigation and small-scale Action Research.

Entry requirements

Students will normally need: a good degree (UK 2.1 or above, USA grade point average 3.2 or above, China average degree score 80 or above); or a teacher training qualification from a recognised University/College; or formal evidence of teaching experience and teaching experience of approximately 3 years; and evidence of English Language Proficiency (this only applies to Applicants who do not have English as a first language.

Course modules

Module includes: Intensive Modules - face to face introductory modules in TEYL or online; content of intensive module - intensive introductory module; intensive mid-course module. Plus Eight Self Study Modules: module one - understanding how young learners learn, how young learners learn languages, a historical overview of ELT and TEYL; module two - an overview of approaches and methods in ELT, current approaches to teaching English to young learners; module three - curriculum in practice: language learning in the classroom, curriculum in practice: classroom investigation; module four - assessing and evaluating YL language teaching and learning; module five - small and large scale syllabus design; module six - teaching materials - evaluation, assessment, creation, design and application; module seven - professional development - the roles of the TEYL professional and support frameworks; module eight - the design and carrying out of a small-scale action research.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment on the programme is carried out by way of each Intensive Module and eight assignments and projects without the requirement to submit one large dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Distance learning £ 5,580 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Distance learning £ 5,580 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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Distance Learning

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