MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Duration Full time Full time up to 1 year
Discipline
  • Education
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September

Overview

The MEd Tesol at the University of Exeter is aimed at qualified teachers and others who work in TESOL at either primary, secondary or tertiary levels in different educational contexts around the world.

Whether you are a qualified teacher or new to the profession, we offer a route within our flexible MEd TESOL which is tailored to your needs. Built on 20 years' experience of English language teaching, our Masters programme offers two routes; one for teaching practitioners seeking to develop their professional skills and the other for those wanting to enter a career in language teaching.

The MEd TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular, it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level. At Exeter, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd TESOL can help you to move into new areas within TESOL such as teacher education and training, English for special purposes, materials development and the teaching of English to young learners.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a broad term, encompassing a number of other terms related to the various contexts in which English is taught around the world. These include:

  • TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), which refers specifically to the teaching of English in countries where it is not an official language
  • TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), which refers to those contexts where English is acquired as a second language, in addition to a first language, as is the case where English is used as the language of government, for example, or education
  • TEAL (Teaching English as an Additional Language). 

Benefit from small class sizes, and working closely with our academic staff and your fellow students

Our students benefit from small class sizes; with c.40-50 students studying together in core modules, and c.10-20 studying together in our optional modules. This means you'll have the opportunity to get to know your classmates, who come from a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, as well as build close working relationships with your tutors who are experts in their fields.

In Exeter, students study in a multicultural and multilingual environment. In our MEd TESOL programme, we usually have students from China, the UK, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Kuwait, Norway, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Mexico, Chile, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Macao as some examples.

Hands on experience

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience  by undertaking visits to local language schools in Exeter.

You will also develop your understanding of theoretical issues in language teaching and the implications of these for classroom practice through insights shared by guest speakers.

Programme for all TESOL professionals

The programme will:

  • develop and extend your understanding of key aspects of linguistics and learning theory and their influence on the teaching of English to speakers of other languages;
  • enable you to make informed professional decisions regarding language teaching in the workplace and justify these to others;
  • enable you to select, adapt and design materials and activities for language teaching appropriate to your own teaching context;
  • enable you to investigate and research aspects of TESOL in ways that will support continuing development and practice as a foreign language teaching professional.

This Masters pathway gives you the opportunity to study another aspect of education by selecting up to 30 credits of optional modules from the other MA Education options.

It is also possible to obtain a postgraduate diploma in TESOL (120 credits) or a postgraduate certificate (60 credits).

Many students have job offers before they finish their programme.  Some students return to their previous job but develop to become managers in their field.  Some students develop new objectives, for example they move into material development, management or become involved in policy making.

Dr Li Li, Leader of MEd Tesol programme.

While studying my Med in TESOL, I received useful and effective instruction and support from the academic staff in the Graduate School of Education. Their support continued after I graduated and I now have an offer to study a PhD at the Center for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong.

Being an Exeter student has become part of my identity, and this identity helps us graduates develop and succeed wherever we go.

Yan Zhang, Med TESOL graduate.

Programme structure

Compulsory modules for the TESOL specialism (120 credits)

Depending on your level of professional experience, you will take one of the following core modules.

Students with LESS than one year of teaching experience must take:

CodeModuleCredits
EFPM280Developing Practical Knowledge for TESOL Teaching Students with LESS than two years teaching experience must take30

Students with MORE than one year of teaching experience will normally take:

CodeModuleCredits
EFPM266Principles of Language Learning30

What is the difference between a Master of Education, a Postgraduate Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate?

To gain an MEd you must complete 180 credits of specified modules.

However, you may exit the programme early before completing 180 credits and still receive an award. These alternative awards are:

  • If exiting the programme after completing 60 credits you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert).
  • If exiting the programme after completing 120 credits you will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

We believe in small group learning and teaching. Our modules have no more than 20 students and students have a lot of interaction with tutors and with groups.  This includes small group discussion, seminars and workshops.

There are also practical elements to the programme. Some students have the opportunity to visit local language schools to observe classes.  They also assist language teachers in their classrooms to get hands on teaching experience.

Also we visit the Foreign Language Centre at Exeter to experience academic language teaching and students also teach each other in what we call peer teaching.

Assessment

Assignments vary from module to module and involve a variety of assessment methods, including written essays, oral presentations and portfolio-based assessment.

We take great care to provide you with support for your studies. All students are assigned a personal tutor and have access to module tutors via email and face-to-face tutorials. You will also have opportunities to sign up for general academic support tutorials that run on a weekly basis. For students whose first language is not English, in-session support classes and individual tutorials are provided by INTO University of Exeter.

Academic staff

The programme is taught by a team of highly-experienced TESOL educators who have worked in a wide range of countries, including China, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Spain and the UK.

  • Dr Li Li
    Language Teacher Education (Cognition and Identity), Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning, Classroom Discourse, Research Methodology, New Technologies in Language Classrooms, Language Awareness
  • Dr Salah Troudi
    Curriculum in TESOL, CALL, Critical Applied Linguistics, TESOL Research Methodologies, Language Policies, Medium of Instruction, Education in the Arab World
  • Dr Susan Riley
    Testing, Management and Leadership, Second Language Acquisition, Writing
  • Dongbo Zhang
    Applied linguist, vocabulary knowledge and reading development in second language (L2) or bilingual learners,  relationships between language teacher cognition and teachers’ classroom practices.
  • Dr Phil Durrant
    English for Academic Purposes, Corpus Linguistics, Vocabulary
  • Dr Gabriela Meier
    Bilingual education, bilingualism, multilingual education, social cohesion, community cohesion, migrant languages, plurilingualism, language policy, two-way bilingual immersion education, Wix bilingual stream Primary School, Multilingual TESOL
  • Dr Esmaeel Abdollazadeh
    Language education, language learning
  • Hania Salter-Dvorak
    Educational sociolinguist, culture and identity in formal and informal language learning, academic literacy development of L2 students

Careers

A Masters in TESOL has international recognition and is seen as an important professional qualification worldwide to enable TESOL teachers to enhance their career prospects. In particular it is often seen as an important entry qualification for educators who want to work at University level.

In addition, depending on the modules taken, completion of the MEd in TESOL can help you move into new areas within TESOL such as:

  • teacher education and training
  • English for special purposes
  • materials development
  • the teaching of English to young learners.

Our MEd also offers excellent preparation for progression to PhD or professional doctorate (EdD).

We have a good track record of graduate employment, with employers visiting the University when recruiting. Recently, the EF recruitment team visited the University to talk to our TESOL students about teaching and learning English in Chinese private language organisations, and conducted on-campus interviews. We also regularly receive details of job opportunities from Turkish and Chinese universities who are looking for high quality language teachers.

Many students have job offers before they finish their programme.  Some students return to their previous job but develop to become managers in their field.  Some students develop new objectives, for example they move into material development, management or become involved in policy making.

Dr Li Li, Leader of MEd Tesol programme

While studying my Med in TESOL, I received useful and effective instruction and support from the academic staff in the Graduate School of Education. Their support continued after I graduated and I now have an offer to study a PhD at the Center for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong.

Being an Exeter student has become part of my identity, and this identity helps us graduates develop and succeed wherever we go.

Yan Zhang, Med TESOL graduate

Entry requirements

For admission to the programme we would normally expect that you hold a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in language or in education.

However, the programme has been designed for students from a wide range of first degree backgrounds, enabling them to broaden their knowledge in this field. Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

MEd

  • UK/EU: £8,750 full-time; £4,375 part-time
  • International: £18,500 full-time

PgDip

  • UK/EU: £5,700 full-time; £2,850 part-time
  • International: £12,300 full-time; £6,150 part-time

PgCert

  • UK/EU: £2,900 full-time; £1,450 part-time
  • International: £6,200 full-time; £3,100 part-time 

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.
Please note that this scholarship isn't offered for all our masters programmes.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of our programmes or activities, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Graduate School of Education
St Luke's Campus
Heavitree Road
Exeter
Devon
EX1 2LU
United Kingdom

Current students

By email: sid@exeter.ac.uk
By phone
0300 555 0444 (UK)
+441392 724724 (International)

Applicants and offer holders

WebEnquire online
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723192

Where to find us

The Graduate School of Education is located on the University's St Luke's Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to St Luke's Campus and the St Luke's Campus map.

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