The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (Part-Time) programme at Birkbeck, University of London will develop your understanding of both classroom practice and key areas of research that inform 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.
The programme focuses on the multilingual and multicultural contexts of language learning and teaching. It allows students from all over the world the opportunity to share their experiences with locally based teachers, thus gaining insight into a range of language teaching contexts in the UK, including the state education system. In addition, you will be studying alongside students on the MA Language Teaching programme, thus benefiting from an exchange of experiences and perspectives with teachers of languages other than English.
The programme is also unique in offering you a choice between two dissertation pathways: an empirical research investigation of an aspect of language teaching and learning or an independent library-based project on a relevant topic of your choice.
The MA TESOL will enhance your career prospects in a number of ways. If you are an experienced teacher it will help you to progress to a more senior or specialised position in language teaching, such as a senior teacher, director of studies, teacher trainer, consultant or materials developer.
An MA TESOL is an essential qualification for those who wish to teach English at university level, whether for general or more specific purposes. For those with less teaching experience, an MA TESOL will give you a competitive early career advantage as you gain more experience in teaching posts.
Careers and Employability
Graduates go into careers in education, the media and public relations, marketing and publishing, and lexicography and translation. Possible professions include language teacher (TESOL), special educational needs teacher, or careers adviser. This degree may also be useful in various roles within local government, the media, or tourism and hospitality, as well as becoming a higher education lecturer, youth worker, or community development worker.
- Language Teaching and Learning in Multilingual and Multicultural Contexts
- Research Methods and Design
- Analysing Language Structure and Use
- Identity in Applied Linguistics Research Level 7
- Introduction to Applied Linguistics
- Introduction to Intercultural Communication in Business Contexts
- Language, Culture and Communication
- Marketing Communications: A global perspective
- Second Language Acquisition
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
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- Usually at least a second-class honours degree or above, or overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject and/or relevant professional training and language teaching experience.
- This programme is designed for candidates with recent and relevant experience of, and/or professional training in, classroom language teaching.
- A short admissions task of no more than 500 words may be requested, to support your application.
- You must provide two references, at least one of which should be an academic reference.
- If you have been awarded the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA) in the last five years, you may apply for credit for one option module (please indicate this in your application).
International7600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7600 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA4175 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4175 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
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