Master of Education in TESOL
You can enter this programme at the beginning of each academic year in August. Since courses build upon each other, entry in January (second semester) and May (third semester) is recommended only for applicants with prior experience in the field of education and extensive teaching experience.
The M.Ed. TESOL program produces graduates with expertise in the field of English language teaching methods and pedagogies, curriculum development, learner psychology and English linguistics. Students will be able to develop efficient and engaging English language courses through the application of a wide variety of teaching methods and techniques; show a high rate of understanding of intercultural communicative settings such as cross-cultural teacher-student interaction; critically reflect on new teaching methodologies and judge their effectiveness in a particular foreign language classroom setting; develop language curricula and adapt existing curricula to local educational needs; identify and understand the psychology of the individual behind the learner.
Learning English as a foreign language is a process which involves persistence, creativity, interaction, cultural sensitivity, and foremost variation. It is much more than the mere process of knowledge acquisition marked by a fixed starting point and a clear end. It is therefore that language instructors need to be aware of a wide range of factors that go beyond the abstract features of a language. Our philosophy is to encourage students to view language learning as the acquisition of a dynamic system that constantly changes due to its interaction between learners and the language and between learners and other factors outside the classroom. We regard the learner as the central and most important entity in this process. Our methodology reflects this perspective by focusing on engaging learners in specially designed tasks which reflect the variability of language in use and the wide ranging variety of roles and situations language learners encounter across all language skills.
Individual subjects are typically designed to carry a credit value of 3 credit units each and will run for a single semester. The fall and spring semester will last for 15 weeks and the summer semester will cover 12 weeks and each credit unit equates to 3 hours per semester week of lecture/tutorial contact hours. Therefore, 3 credits are associated with 45 hours of study and 1 credit with 15 hours of study. Extra classes will be scheduled during the summer semester to comply with the 45 hours standard per semester. A successfully completed Master’s Thesis will carry a value of 12 credits and the Independent Study Project a value of 6 credits. The resulting credit structure for the entire programme is shown in the table below.
Responsible faculty: Faculty of Liberal Arts
Degree full name:
Master of Education (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages)
The curriculum supports three types of study plan:
|A) Main subjects
|B) Electives subjects
|D) Independent study
The basic programme structure, as shown above, consists of alternative study plans. Each plan is aimed to suit the wide ranging needs of individual students both in terms of course content as well as learning schedule.
Plan A (Coursework and Master’s thesis)
Students are required to attend coursework in 8 M.Ed. TESOL required course subjects and to produce one final submission in the form of a Master’s Thesis.
Plan B (Coursework and Independent Study Project)
Students are required to attend coursework in 8 M.Ed. TESOL required course subjects and 2 M.Ed. TESOL elective course subjects. In addition students will be required to produce an Independent Study Project worth 6 credits.
||Can be completed within 1 year (max. 5 years)
||Can be completed within 2 years (max. 8 years)
Qualifying exit points
In order for the programme to be flexible and sensitive to the needs of individual students, it is possible to exit with any of three awards:
||12 credits, 4 subjects
|Advanced Postgraduate Certificate
||24 credits, 8 subjects
|Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
||36 credits, full programme
The M.Ed. must be completed within 5 years.
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