Governments across the world are investing in education, and developing schools and universities that produce an educated and better informed population to suit the ever-increasing requirements of a global workplace. As suitably qualified teachers are required to accomplish this objective, the teaching profession is expected to experience an upswing in demand. This has led to a number of universities offering university programmes such as Master of Education, PGCEi and even MA in Applied Linguistics &TESOL to address the education requirements of this ever expanding profession.
The globalisation trend dictates the job requirements of teachers and educators across various countries. An increasing number of companies and workplaces prefer hiring candidates with fluency in the English language, even those from non English speaking backgrounds. Because of this requirement, there is an increasing need for educators who can teach the English language to a working population looking to flourish in their career globally. The University of Leicester in the UK offers an MA degree in Applied Linguistics and TESOL to educators interested in pursuing a career in the field of teaching English as a language.
What is the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL?
The MA in Applied Linguistics &TESOL [Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages] is a master's degree aimed at building on existing educational foundations to further enhance the skills and practices to teach English as a language. This degree offers an in-depth insight into the teaching the English language and the various theories, concepts and challenges underpinning this field. The programme can be studied by teachers with an undergraduate degree and at least 2 years of teaching the English language. The programme focuses on building professional knowledge and expertise for English language teachers that can be directly applied in their workplace, as they study. This degree offers a solid career growth within this field and opens doors to global employability.
Course Content of the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL
The modules covered in this Master of Arts degree offer insightful theories and concepts aimed at highlighting the various discussions and challenges existing in the area of applied linguistics, and the required resources to foster teaching of the English language. The programme also aims at developing teaching strategies for learners from different cultural and institutional background. As teaching English is the prime focus of the course, practitioners can uncover various strategies to facilitate teaching whilst organising classroom activities with the aim of promoting learning amongst pupils. An interesting element of the course is the research methods module where students of this course can conduct research aimed at identifying gaps within a chosen specialisation. As students uncover learning and teaching strategies of the English language, they will gain the ability to apply these strategies in a classroom environment. The Grammar Awareness module lets students dive in to the various forms and modals of English grammar and how it can be used to form sentences, phrases and clauses in everyday communication. Phonology and Pronunciation Teaching allows teachers to grasp the vocalisation requirements of the English language, and how to administer the learning on this topic. The various dialects of English, language policy and planning and gender based language discussions will be covered in the Language and Society module along with an appreciation of different styles of English, and its application in different media in the Discourse Analysis module. Students are also allowed to choose two specialism modules from 11 available options whilst developing a dissertation on the chosen specialisation.
How the programme is administered
The University of Leicester offers a wide range of tools to facilitate learning in this field. As the programme is taught via flexible online learning, students can expect to indulge in a range of learning activities such as virtual seminars, online discussion forums and e-tivities (online activities) allowing students to engage and discuss various topics, concepts and ideas within the module context. Students can practice the knowledge gained and immediately apply the concepts in their current workplace, allowing for a faster, practical understanding of the learning outcomes of the modules.
As students engage in rigorous academic and research based assignments, they are expected to gain analytical and critical thinking skills to tackle work related challenges within this field. Upon successful graduation, students can practice teaching English language at senior roles whilst exploring careers in curriculum development and managing ELT departments.
To further explore the programme content and the possibilities of studying online, our student recruitment team is here to help you develop your application and successfully register for this programme. We would advise you to book a consultation today to enquire and plan an application to join the upcoming intake of this programme.