Designed to develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice, this online course will motivate you to reflect on your own teaching.
This course is taught entirely online and is suitable if you are currently or looking to teach English to speakers of other languages, keen to build on your existing knowledge and experience, seeking to improve your career prospects or interested in researching your own teaching practices/context.
The course will develop your critical understanding of recent developments in TESOL theory and practice and motivate you to reflect your own teaching. It also prepares you to conduct independent research into teaching and learning and provides a pathway to doctoral study. You will work with expert tutors in the field of English language teaching, who have many years experience teaching at this level and who are committed to providing you with the best quality study experience.
If you would prefer to study at Nottingham, we also offer a face-to-face version which can be studied full or part-time.
- Dr. Jane Evison (contact for academic inquiries)
- Dr. Martha Jones
- Paul Knight
- Ann Smith
- Dr. Juliet Thondhlana
- 200 years of experience in the field of education
- 4th in the UK and 22nd worldwide for education in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
- 3rd in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework, with 84% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent
The taught element of this course is made up of four 30-credit modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. It can be completed over two years part-time plus an eight-month dissertation. There is a gap in between each module and each takes approximately 19 weeks to complete. There are PGDip and PGCert exit points, and it is also available at the University's Malaysia Campus, or via face-to-face study.
Each 30-credit module is assessed by a 6,000-word written assignment. To complete the masters, you must achieve a pass of 50 on each assignment. All assessed work is submitted online.
The 15,000-word dissertation is an original piece of work and should be related to one of the selected modules on an approved topic.
Online course materials and support
Our online materials provide an interactive learning experience and allow you to study at your own pace. You will be encouraged to interact with other course participants, and each module will involve group activities such as using blogs, wikis and discussion boards.
For each module, you will have an academic tutor who will be active online. They contribute to discussions as well as supporting you through the assessment process. There is an online masters-level toolkit to support all aspects of the academic study, a dissertation preparation module available to you from the beginning of the course, and one-to-one dissertation support from your supervisor, usually via Skype.
To ensure you have the appropriate computer requirements to enable you to study online, please view our computer specification guidance notes. Please note, if you are based in China, you may encounter restrictions on software used in some of our online modules. Please contact us to discuss this further.
To ensure your application is considered in time, please note the following dates:
- Start date: 12 February 2018, application deadline: 22 January 2018
- Start date: 13 September 2018, application deadline: 6 August 2018
- Start date: 11 February 2019, application deadline: 21 January 2019
Recognition of Other Learning (ROL)
If you have prior learning or experience at an appropriate level, you may apply for exemption from some of the credit requirements of the course.
- Language Teaching: Methodology and Curriculum (September starters begin with this module)
- Understanding Language Learning and the Language Learner (February starters begin with this module)
- Assessment in Language Education
- Managing Language Teaching and Developing Teachers
- Materials and Technology in Language Education
- Teaching English for Academic Purposes: Context, Language, and Pedagogy
- Teaching Languages to Younger Learners
In year two, it is possible to take one 30-credit optional module from the list above and one from the MA Education (flexible) or MA Special and Inclusive Education (online).
Suitable modules include:
- Learning an Additional Language (EAL/CLIL)
- Changing Classrooms: Policy, Research, and Practice
- Relationship and Behaviour
Alternatively, you may which to choose one 30-credit module from the MA Education taken intensively at summer school.
In year three you will write your dissertation:
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.
Career destinations for our graduates include counselors, education advisers, language tutors, primary/secondary teachers and vocational/industrial trainers and instructors. A number of our graduates are already in employment while undertaking part-time study for professional development in their chosen career.
Employability and average starting salary
99.2% of postgraduates from the School of Education who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £22,797 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £44,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
2:2 (or international equivalent), preferably with a language teaching theory and methodology focus, plus two months of full-time classroom English teaching experience; applicants with other degrees should have nine months of English language teaching experience in an educational setting and current involvement in classroom language teaching
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
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Last updated December 16, 2017