Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc
A Masters in TESOL at the University of Stirling offers a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at a level appropriate to graduates who already have a sound academic training. The course is taught by experienced TESOL Education staff within the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Registering students will have the opportunity to specialise in the following areas which will be confirmed on your award certificate at the point of graduation:
The TESOL Masters at the University of Stirling provides an advanced training and professional qualification for people presently engaged in any area of the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. It also offers professional development to people new to TESOL who are seeking a career change. On completion, you should possess the knowledge and practical classroom skills to be a confident, critically reflective and enterprising teacher.
Studying for a degree means learning in different ways; managing your own time; conducting research; mastering new computer skills. We have the facilities and advice on hand to help you do all this - and do it well.
Of the many reasons students come to Stirling, such as academic reputation and research standards, one factor is always cited: the outstanding beauty of the University's Stirling campus. View our online films to get a picture of what it's like to live and study on our beautiful campus.
Normally, a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
INTO University of Stirling offers a Graduate Diploma for those students who do not meet the required criteria for this course. If you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences and meet the required progression grades, you will be guaranteed entry onto year one of this Master's degree.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
If you are interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your course of study.
From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.
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Those entering the course with a recent Cambridge DELTA or Trinity College London Licentiate Diploma can apply for accreditation for one of the two pedagogic modules:
Autumn Semester modules:
|TESP001 Principles of Language Learning and Teaching||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Core module|
|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.|
|TESP002 TESOL Methodology||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Core module|
|This presents an overview of current theory and practice in the teaching of the skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing and of the elements: grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.|
|TESP003 Teaching English to Young Learners||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|Focuses on teaching English to primary and secondary aged pupils.|
|TESP004 Grammar for TESOL||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|Explores English grammar and use with reference to the needs of learners and teachers.|
|TESP005 Introduction to CALL||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|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.|
Spring Semester modules:
|TESP006 Microteaching||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module*|
|Develops critical awareness and theoretical understanding of current classroom practice through planning, teaching and reflection on lessons taught to peers.|
|TESP007 Research Methods in TESOL||(10 credits at SCQF level 11)||Core module|
|This module provides an orientation to quantitative and qualitative approaches to research in TESOL and will enable students to critically evaluate new theory and research arising in their field|
|TESP008 Syllabus Design and Language Testing||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|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.|
|TESP009 Corpora in English Language Research and Teaching||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|Explores the ways in which computerised collections of spoken and written texts can be analysed and used in language teaching and research.|
|TESP010 Discourse Analysis||(10 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|Introduces different approaches and techniques for exploring and analysing spoken and written texts.|
|TESP011 Designing and Implementing On-line Language Learning||(10 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|Addresses the use of virtual learning environments, multimedia and web technologies in collaborative language learning.|
|TESP012 Technologies in the 21st Century Classroom||(20 credits at SCQF level 11)||Optional module|
|Provides an opportunity for students to create multimedia materials using authoring programs for language teaching and learning.|
* The TESP006 Microteaching module is optional for experienced teachers only. For novice teachers, those with less than two years full-time teaching experience in a formal classroom setting, the module is compulsory.
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.
Before the Masters (MSc) TESOL course starts in September you may find it useful to do some preparatory reading, particularly if you have no background in language studies.
We recommend the books in the list below. You should find them useful for the particular Pathway you may follow.
For MSc in TESOL; MSc in TESOL and CALL; MSc in TESOL and Applied Linguistics:
Harmer, J. (2007). The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th ed.). Harlow: Longman
For MSc in TESOL and Applied Linguistics:
Parrott, M. (2010). Grammar for English Language Teachers (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
For MSc in TESOL and CALL:
Walker, A. and White, G. (2013). Technology Enhanced Language Learning: Connecting Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England
One year, full-time; Two years, part-time.
Seminars, workshops, video tutorials and classroom observation.
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
Principles of Language Learning and Teaching
Wks 2-6, 8-12
Introduction to Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Wks 1- 6, 8-11 P.G8
|Wednesday||IS Induction session
Wk 1, 1.30-2.30pm, Logie Lecture Theatre, Cottrell Building
Teaching English to Young Learners
Wks 1- 6, 8-11 tbc
Grammar for TESOL
Wks 1-6, 8-11
Wks 1-6, 8-11
|PG Library Inductions
(Basic library Introduction and Advanced database searches)
Wk 1, 2-3.30pm, 2Y5, Cottrell Building
|KEY: C = Cottrell; P = Pathfoot||Autumn Semester: Monday 14 September 2015 - Monday 21 December 2015
Teaching starts: Monday 14 September
Mid-semester reading week: Monday 26 October - Friday 30 October (inclusive)
Teaching ends: Friday 4 December
Examination period begins: Thursday 10 December
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The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .
As a student on our MSc TESOL programme you have the fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience teaching English to non-English speakers in 33 European countries through the Erasmus+ traineeships, or through our partnership with the São Paulo State University (UNESP) in Brazil!
See the Overseas Placements page for more details and how to apply.
MSc in TESOL and Applied Linguistics graduate, Ben Dickson, made the national news in November 2015 when his dissertation examined the use of national identity in sports reporting by analysing UK press reports on Andy Murray’s Wimbledon matches from 2005 – 2014. His studying debunked the long-held belief that Murray is referred to Scottish only when defeated, and British when victorious.
The Scotsman - Andy Murray “Scottish / British” myth dispelled
Studying, working and chatting together enables the MSc TESOL students to explore each other's cultures. What a bonus for their future teaching careers!
Anne Lawrie, Programme Director
MSc TESOL programmes at Stirling provide participants with a fantastic opportunity to engage with experts in the field of language education and the opportunity to consider the relevance of cutting edge research to their own learning and teaching context.
Fiona Copland, TESOL Professor
English is regarded as the most widely spoken language in the world and a qualification in TESOL can open up the opportunity of an English language teaching career or, in the case of experienced teachers, can provide access to promoted posts and management positions within English language teaching.
On completion of the MSc in TESOL, overseas graduates will be well prepared to sit all three modules of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations TKT.
Recent graduates have taken up posts overseas or in the field of ESOL in the UK. For more experienced teachers, the qualification has provided access to positions with the British Council or in the tertiary sector.
The course provides students with a ‘career change’ opportunity enabling them, on successful completion, to confidently seek employment as a TESOL tutor. For experienced practitioners, it enhances their professional knowledge and understanding of the TESOL sector which enables them to adopt greater responsibility and leadership in their own or future work environment.
There are many opportunities for TESOL graduates to seek jobs throughout the world. Many dedicated TESOL jobs websites are in existence that showcase the wealth of opportunities that await those graduating with a TESOL Masters degree.
The course draws on practitioners and best practice from across the TESOL sector, focusing on the development of advanced professional capabilities and knowledge in language learning and teaching.