Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (MSc) 2019 entry

The TESOL MSc gives students the opportunity to integrate the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

This course was previously titled 'English Language Teaching MLitt'.
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Course type

Postgraduate; leading to a Master of Science (MSc)

Course dates

  • Start date: 9 September 2019
  • End date: 30 September 2020

This programme was known as the 'English Language Teaching MLitt' in previous years of entry. If you started this programme in 2018, you can find information about 2018 entry on the 2018 English Language Teaching MLitt page. Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.

Course duration

One year full time

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline.

If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

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Tuition fees

UK and EU: £9,000
Overseas: £18,480

Application deadline

Monday 12 August 2019. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.

Application requirements

  • CV
  • personal statement (500 words)
  • two original signed academic references
  • academic transcripts and degree certificates
  • evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).

For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.

Course information

The MSc in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to be useful to both experienced English language teachers as well as those considering a career in English language teaching.

Highlights

  • Join experienced practitioners and scholars in our English language teaching community, with opportunities to be involved in ongoing professional development events and the annual English for Academic Purposes (EAP) conference.
  • Integrate theory and practice – discuss theoretical concepts and frameworks in small groups and apply these through practical assessments and peer teaching sessions.
  • Observe and reflect on a range of language teaching sessions, both within and outside of ELT.
  • Explore the use of technology in language teaching and assessment.
  • Engage in and reflect on a new language learning experience as part of the programme to gain a 360 degree perspective on language teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You will take a variety of taught modules over the first two semesters of the programme, which are delivered through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and out-of-class activities.

In these modules, you will integrate theory and practice by discussing and critiquing theoretical concepts and frameworks, and then applying them through a range of practical assessments. Assessments will include written assignments, presentations, the development of teaching plans, and observed teaching sessions.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Modules

The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2018–2019 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2019 entry.

  • Assessment and Evaluation: provides students with a detailed understanding of the key concepts behind different methods of testing and evaluation in English language teaching and learning.
  • English for Academic Purposes: provides an understanding of the higher education context; the key principles underpinning learning in a university; text and discourse in the communities of different disciplines; theories and practice of assessment; and the most effective methods and materials to motivate students and help them into a discourse community.
  • Language Teaching Methodology: explores the theories that inform teaching practice and analyses the implications these will have in terms of ways of learning, material used, the teacher role and the classroom.
  • Linguistics for Language Teachers: equips students with the skills required to describe and analyse both spoken and written discourse.
  • Research Methods in English Language Teaching: introduces the key research approaches and a variety of research methods used in investigating language teaching and learning. 
  • Teaching Young Learners: explores theories of child development and learning which are fundamental to the understanding of child second language acquisition.
  • The Context of English Language Teaching: examines both the local and broader global contexts of English language teaching and provides a broad introduction to sociolingusitics.
  • The Language Learner: focuses on how subsequent languages are learned after the native language.

You will choose a topic of interest to you and to your future career and will read related literature and conduct independent research on your topic.

Student dissertations will be supervised by members of the teaching team. Supervisors will provide guidance throughout the research process, helping you to formulate a suitable research hypothesis and offering advice on relevant literature and how to plan your time effectively.

The completed dissertation of no more than 15,000 words must be submitted by a specified date in August. 

If you choose not to complete the dissertation required for the award of an MSco, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PGDip instead of an MSc.


The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2019 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.

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Funding

Recent Graduate Discount
The University of St Andrews offers a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees to students who are eligible to graduate or who have graduated from St Andrews within the last three academic years and are starting a postgraduate programme with the University of St Andrews.

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Contact information

English Language Teaching
University of St Andrews
Kinnessburn
Kennedy Gardens
St Andrews
KY16 9DJ

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2255
Email: elt@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Curriculum development

As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).

Tuition fees

The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).