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English Language Centre


The MA TESOL programme is designed for students with little or no teaching experience. Students must complete four core modules, four optional modules and a 15,000 word dissertation.

Core Modules:

Optional Modules:

MA TESOL Streams

The MA TESOL programme also offers students the opportunity to further specialise their Masters qualification through two specialised or 'streamed' programmes:

  • MA TESOL: English for Specific Purposes
  • MA TESOL: Teaching Young Learners

To qualify for either of these streamed programmes you must complete the optional module English for Specific Purposes or Teaching Young Learners and complete your dissertation in this topic area also. You can select to study one of the streamed programmes after you have started your Masters programme.

MA TESOL: English for Specific Purposes

The teaching of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is a multi-million dollar industry which incorporates areas as diverse as English for the Oil Industry, English for Medical Purposes, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in universities, and English for Business amongst others. The most prevalent area outside of university EAP is that of Business English which include general courses in Business English at a range of levels, as well as more specific courses, programme and one-to-one tuition focusing on English for meetings, negotiations, presentations, writing emails, telephone English and other business functions. This module focuses on the range of areas critical to developing an effective understanding of ESP, including areas such as needs analysis, teaching language for specific purposes, issues in ESP syllabus design, ESP course evaluation.

MA TESOL: Teaching Young Learners

Of all the teaching positions available in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT), those in schools are probably the most sought after. At the same time, since much of the academic literature on ELT is focused on learners in private language schools, little may seem relevant. The module for Teaching Young Learners aims to help you make connections between what you do on other modules of your MA and to consider the same research, theories and methodologies in the context of teaching children or teenagers (from 4 to 18 years).

In the MA TESOL: Teaching Young Learners stream you will not only take up this opportunity to consider the applicability of principles and ideas to a specific age-related teaching context, you will also use your dissertation to focus on an area of interest, which is relevant to the age-group you intend to teach. Taking this specialist stream will provide you with a qualification which clearly highlights that you have focused on the needs and strengths of a particular student population. This is helpful as it should mean your future employers immediately see that you are more likely to be qualified for teaching in schools at any level of the educational system.