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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service MA

The TESOL MA programme has two routes: in-service and pre-service. The TESOL (Pre-Service) aims to enhance the employment prospects of graduates who hope to become English Language Teaching practitioners but who have no professional experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will explore the latest developments in the theory, policy and practice of TESOL, working with leading experts in the field and a large cohort of MA students.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 24 July 2020
This programme is now full for 2019 entry and we are not accepting any more applications.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£8,940 (FT)
Overseas:
£20,110 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Fee deposit: All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a related area in the field of English or linguistics.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa - study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

This programme will give students both a theoretical and a practical introduction to the language and discourse systems required for teaching English to speakers of other languages as well as current theories of second language acquisition. Students will also explore the methods and approaches currently used in English language teaching, the place of English and English language teaching in the wider world, as well as the concept of multilingualism and its place in education. There will also be an opportunity to carry out a small piece of guided TESOL research for the MA Report.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service.

Compulsory modules

Teaching English: Theories and Approaches
The English Language Learner
Researching Second Language Learning

Optional modules

Bilingualism and Multilingualism
English in Diverse World Contexts
English Language Teaching Classroom Practice
Language and Identity
Language at Work: Communication in Professional, Institutional and Cultural Contexts
Language Testing and Assessment
Materials Development for Language Teaching
Multimodal Communication
Second Language Acquisition
Teaching and Researching Speaking and Listening
Working with Bilingual/Multilingual Learners in International School Settings

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Dissertation/report

All students submit a 10,000-word written report which is undertaken in Term 3.

Teaching and learning

This programme is delivered as a campus-based programme. It is assessed by coursework assignments of up to 5,000 words per module and a report of 10,000 words.

Each module typically has 30 hours of contact time, made up of 10 x 3-hour sessions. On average it is expected that you spend approximately 300 hours studying for each 30 credits (including contact time, private study during the term and working on coursework assignments). It is therefore essential that you plan your time as M-level study requires a high degree of self-direction.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accomodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

The programme provides graduates with a rigorous, research-based education based on the latest developments in the area of TESOL. This will give them a natural advantage when applying for teaching or other TESOL-related posts. We also help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example, through departmental talks and other networking opportunities within the department and the wider UCL community.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Culture, Communication and Media is committed to excellence in teaching, research and consultancy across a range of areas including Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

You will become part of one of the oldest and most well-known centres for English language teacher development, and will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers from the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics as well as a large cohort of MA students.

Department: Culture, Communication & Media

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is for graduates who wish to work in the field of teaching English as a second or foreign language (TESOL) and who have no professional experience of English language teaching. Although this degree is not a teaching qualification, it may be used in conjunction with a qualification appropriate to the country in which our alumni wish to teach.

Application deadlines

All applicants
24 July 2020

This programme is now full for 2019 entry and we are not accepting any more applications.

Due to the popularity of this programme, the application period will close when the programme is full.


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service at graduate level
  • why you want to study Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Pre-Service at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Students in this programme should be independent, critical thinkers, able to work within a large cohort of MA students who may have similar backgrounds.

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