University of Portsmouth - MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience)

University of Portsmouth

MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience)

If you're a teacher of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL, ELT, EFL, EAP), or looking to begin a TESOL career, this two-year MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (with Professional Experience) degree will enable you to enhance your skills and employability with real workplace experience.  

During your first year, you'll be taught by our linguistics experts at the University, learning to apply the latest TESOL theory to classroom situations and critically evaluate your own approaches to teaching in a global context. You'll also work on lesson and course planning and design, and learn how to conduct and analyse research into teaching techniques.

If you've completed initial ELT, TESOL or TEFL teacher training but you don't yet have a minimum of three months full-time teaching experience, you'll also do an extra module to build up your practical teaching skills.

In Year two, you'll apply your learning on an 8-10 month work placement or professional experience programme tailored to your career goals.

You'll graduate with the communication and intercultural skills and expertise to work as a more effective and well-rounded TESOL practitioner, in the UK or overseas. You could also go on to roles in areas such as educational management or leadership, curriculum development, editing, publishing or advertising.

Entry Requirements

  • A second-class honours degree or equivalent.
  • Initial teacher training and a minimum of three months full-time, relevant, teaching experience.
  • If you do not have relevant teaching experience, you can still apply for our campus programme, and you will study an additional non-credit bearing module The Classroom Practice of TESOL at no additional cost. 
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.5.

Career Prospects

English is a global language, with people who have learned it as a second language outnumbering native speakers. To provide the highest standards of teaching, teachers need expert training in both theoretical and classroom aspects. This Master's course offers an internationally recognized qualification, 8-10 months of professional experience, and linguistics and teaching theory to gain a competitive advantage and deliver the best possible TESOL training. Graduates have gone on to roles such as Director of Studies, Senior Teacher, and Senior Lecturer of English as a Foreign Language. Career outcomes are sourced from the latest available graduate outcome surveys.
A Master's course offers career planning, expert careers advice from the Careers and Employability Centre, tutors, and Student Placements and Employability Centre, with support for up to 5 years after graduation. Students can benefit from networking events, 1-to-1 appointments, CV and cover letter advice, interview preparation and practice, workshops to enhance employability skills, recruitment events, and support starting their own business.

Course Details

This Master's degree program is designed for international students, who may be juggling work or family responsibilities. The program consists of two years, one year at the university and 8-10 months of professional experience. In the first year, students will participate in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical classes, and workshops for 9 hours a week. The rest of the time will be dedicated to independent study, such as research, reading, coursework, and project work.
During the second year, students will work on their professional experience module, which will involve 35-40 hours a week, 7 hours of seminars/tutorials, and work on their assessment. Teaching methods include seminars, workshops, one-to-one and group tutorials, and academic skills development workshops. Assessments will be conducted through written assessments and dissertations, with students having the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge informally before submitting them for final marks. Feedback on practice and formal assessments will be provided to help students improve in the future.

Course Modules

Core Modules
You'll take all core modules.
Dissertation Project MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL – 60 credits
Second Language Acquisition – 30 credits
Theory and Practice of TESOL – 30 credits
Optional Modules
You can take 2 optional modules.
Analysing Discourse – 30 credits
Analysing, Evaluating and Writing Materials – 30 credits
Professional Portfolio – 30 credits
Using Language Corpora for Teaching and Research – 30 credits
World Englishes – 30 credi

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