Structure and content
You will take eight modules from the following, and those marked * are compulsory for students with less than two years’ full-time English language teaching experience in a formal classroom setting. Language Learning Theory and Research is a required module for all students. Those entering the course with a recent Cambridge DELTA or Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma can apply for accreditation for two of the four pedagogic modules:
- Methodology I*: Presents an overview of current theory and practice in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing
- Classroom Observation*: Develops critical awareness and theoretical understanding of current classroom practice through observation of experienced English language teachers
- Language Learning Theory and Research*: Gives an overview of the research necessary for understanding the processes involved in learning a second language, and introduces research methods relevant to the dissertation
- Description of Modern English: Explores English grammar and use with reference to the needs of learners and teachers
- Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) Concepts and Materials: Comprises a rationale for using CALL; background theory and research on how computers process text, images and sound; consideration of how to choose and exploit general purpose software for EFL purposes
- Technologies in the 21st Century Classroom: Provides an opportunity for students to create multimedia materials using authoring programs for language teaching and learning
- Methodology II*: Provides an overview of current theory and practice in the teaching of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
- Microteaching*: Develops critical awareness and theoretical understanding of current classroom practice through planning, teaching and reflection on lessons taught to peers
- The ELT Curriculum: The first part of this module provides an overview of the principles and practice of designing a curriculum and tasks for English Language teaching and learning; the second part focuses on testing and curriculum evaluation
- Discourse Analysis: Introduces different approaches and techniques for exploring and analysing spoken and written texts
- Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching and Research: Explores the ways in which computerised collections of spoken and written texts can be analysed and used in language teaching and research
- Internet Applications in Language Teaching: Addresses the use of virtual learning environments, multimedia and web technologies in collaborative language learning
- Teaching English to Young Learners: Focuses on teaching English to primary and secondary aged pupils
The Postgraduate Certificate in TESOL is awarded on the successful completion of four coursework modules. The Postgraduate Diploma in TESOL is awarded on successful completion of eight coursework modules. The MSc TESOL is awarded upon successful completion of eight coursework modules plus a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Delivery and assessment
Delivery of modules is carried out mainly through seminars, workshops and video tutorials. Practical teaching skills are developed through classroom observation and videoed peer teaching sessions. Learning and professional development is facilitated by regular guided group work tasks. Progress is assessed by coursework assignments and, for the MSc, the dissertation.
This will be sent to you once you have completed the application process.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
This will be available towards the end of the summer.
- Methodology I (TESP01)
- Classroom Observation (TESP03)
- Language Learning Theory and Research (TESP05)
- Description of Modern English (TESP11)
- Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) (TESP21)
- Concepts and Materials: Technologies in the 21st Century Classroom (TESP23)
- Methodology II (TESP02)
- Microteaching (TESP04)
- The ELT Curriculum (TESP06)
- Teaching English to Young Learners (TESP10)
- Discourse Analysis (TESP12)
- Internet Applications in Language Teaching (TESP22)
- Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching and Research (TESP24)