About this taught graduate course
The MA TESOL programme will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the links between research, theory and professional practice in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
The programme has been designed for English language teachers with varying levels of professional experience, from teachers who have less than two years’ experience to those who have taught for many years. Potential students include teachers, teacher trainers, materials or curriculum developers, and other professionals who work in the area of second/foreign language education, either in the state sector or in private language institutes at primary, secondary or tertiary levels.
Skills from this degree
For this degree, skills that will be developed include:
- Research skills (e.g. qualitative/quantitative research design and methods; action research, etc.)
- Professional development skills (e.g. teaching, observing, mentoring, reflective practice)
- Language teaching materials and lesson plan design skills (e.g. materials for young learners, adults, English for Specific Purposes etc.)
- Language analysis skills (e.g. conversation analysis; discourse analysis)
General entry requirements
Mid-point 2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band A
- IELTS overall score of 6.5, (with 6.5 in writing).
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Pathway 1 (students with less than two years of teaching experience)
Foundations of TESOL Methodology
This module provides a solid foundation in TESOL theory and practice. It explores both historical and contemporary developments in TESOL in order to give you a broad understanding of the field of English language teaching. Through such exploration, you are encouraged to reflectively engage with and develop your own beliefs about language learning and teaching, particularly in relation to educational contexts you are familiar with and/or will return to as a practising teacher.
Foundations of TESOL Professional Practice
This module is designed to complement the ‘Foundations of TESOL Methodology’ module which principally focusses on developing critical awareness of English language teaching approaches and methods. Approaches and methods will be further explored in this module, particularly through actual classroom teaching practice. For this, you will plan and design your own lessons in a collaborative environment with input from peers and tutors. More specifically, the module involves an action research style project which encourages you to reflect critically through observation and analysis of your own and your peers’ teaching, as well as through the research you do in relation to your own teaching.
Or Pathway 2 (students with more than two years of teaching experience)
Innovations in TESOL Methodology
TESOL is a forward-looking field, and new ideas and practices are constantly promoted. But what is really new, what kinds of change have most value, and how can innovation be brought about most appropriately? This module will help you consider innovations in TESOL in relation to your own teaching contexts. We introduce you to recent innovations, such as: technology; values; language; learning and assessment/resource-based ideas and practices. You will critically evaluate new ideas, according to provided frameworks and ones you will develop yourself. You're introduced to ideas on how to navigate and bring about change successfully, with reference to reflective practice, practitioner research, occupational psychology and innovation management.
Professional Practice in TESOL
This module will enable you to investigate aspects of published material including skills and language work, use of IT and considerations of critical pedagogy. You will work in collaboration or alone to produce material that could be used in a stated context for language teaching or language teacher education as well as an academic rationale for this.
Plus both Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 take the following core modules:
Sociolinguistics of English as Global Language
This module introduces you to key concepts in sociolinguistics, as reflected particularly in contemporary debates surrounding the nature of ‘language’ and ‘standard language’, multilingualism/bilingualism, and what it means to communicate ‘effectively’ and ‘appropriately’. Aspects of lingua franca communication, intercultural pragmatics and related issues of learner and teacher identity will also be addressed. On this basis, key challenges in the teaching of English as a global language in a classroom environment will be explored.
SLA Insights for TESOL Practice
This module explores areas of second language acquisition (SLA) research that are relevant to TESOL practice. It considers how SLA is affected by individual learner characteristics as well as social-interactive processes in the classroom, and focuses specifically on features of SLA that can be positively shaped by teachers.
This module aims to develop skills in the collection, transcription and analysis of spoken interaction. You will focus on capturing samples of speech for analysis and teaching purposes; exploring the relationship between context and the construction of talk; understanding different approaches to the analysis of spoken interaction; applying conversation analysis to spoken interaction; and identifying the main features of classroom interaction. As well as learning how to capture spoken data and transcribe it, you will choose an area of analysis for your assignment. Students report that spoken interaction analysis tools are often helpful with dissertation research.
Approaches to Written Discourse
The module aims to teach you to understand, critically evaluate, and use a wide range of contemporary approaches suitable for the analysis of written discourse (in the broad sense) as linked to social setting, and to understand the pedagogic implications of such analyses.
Research Methods in TESOL
Designing and undertaking a small scale research project independently is a core part of the programme. This module will take you through the process of writing a well-structured MA dissertation. It will encourage you to engage with and critically evaluate research in the broad field of TESOL, and familiarise you with different approaches to ethical research.
The module will cover a range of data collection methods and analytical options relevant to TESOL contexts. You will be encouraged to undertake research relevant to your own interests after formulating focused/answerable research questions. The module will also address questions about how to present an appropriately structured, clearly articulated proposal.
Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
- Specialism in Classroom Motivation
- Literature and Drama in TESOL
- Management and Leadership in TESOL
- Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in TESOL
- Teaching and Researching Young Language Learners
- Specialism in Teacher Education and Development
- Specialism in Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning
- Using Corpora for TESOL
- Assessment in TESOL
Modules are taught by a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. Importance is placed on research-led teaching and developing students understanding of research principles and methods, as well as the ability to reflect on the relationship between theory, research and practice.
In term three, you will work closely with a dissertation supervisor to complete your own research project. The dissertation draws on the academic and professional knowledge and interests you have developed in terms one and two and is closely linked to work you have done in the research methodology module.
Class size will vary depending on type of module (core or optional) and teaching session (lecture or seminar), ranging from around 10 students (for some optional modules) to around 80 students (for core module lectures).
Typical contact hours
There are 10 weeks in each term. For both terms one and two, you will usually have 8 weeks of teaching contact with the remainder of each term dedicated to module related reading, assignment work and optional tutorials.
Assessment on the programme is by coursework and final dissertation - there are no formal examinations. The following are example types of coursework you might submit for assessment on the MA:
- Written assignment (e.g. a 2,000 word assignment which includes an appropriately referenced literature review)
- Teaching materials/lesson plans with rationale
- Blog writing (e.g. blogging about useful ICT tools for ELT)
- Language analysis
Most departments have reading lists available through Warwick Library. If you would like to view reading lists for the current cohort of students you can visit our Warwick Library web page.
Your personalised timetable will be complete when you are registered for all modules, compulsory and optional, and you have been allocated to your lectures, seminars and other small group classes. Your compulsory modules will be registered for you and you will be able to choose your optional modules when you join us.
Previous Master's graduates from the department have gone on to work for employers including: British Council, Ernst & Young and National Geographic Learning.
Graduates have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; further education teaching professionals; teacher trainers; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; management consultants and business analysts and research and development managers.
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Linguistics Careers
- CV Workshop
- Interview preparation
- Making the most of your time at Warwick and securing work experience opportunities
- Securing placements and work experience
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
Applied Linguistics at Warwick
Apply your learning from day one.
With a history dating back to 1983, Applied Linguistics at Warwick has diversified over the years from a main focus on English language teaching and teacher education to include expertise in areas such as: intercultural communication, professional communication, the sociolinguistics of language use, the teaching and learning of languages other than English.
Our Postgraduate Taught courses
- Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (MSc)
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MA)
Our Postgraduate Research courses
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
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The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
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