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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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

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: 12 March 2020
This programme is now full for 2020 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.

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.

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

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation 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

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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

What our students and staff say

Student view

"The programme helps us learn a solid foundation of theories in the field of second language learning and teaching. Teachers are very supportive and always answer our needs with patience, plus they often invite world famous professors and researchers to share some latest academic research, which definitely kindles a spark of ideas inside of us. Q&A with Qingqing Liu"

Qingqing Liu

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

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
12 March 2020

This programme is now full for 2020 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.

Apply now

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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