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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Programme codePTD1EDUEDU15
Study mode(s)Part Time
Full Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The Masters of Education in TESOL at the University of Exeter gives you the opportunity to further your studies in TESOL. It is designed for individuals from varied educational backgrounds and establishments, and from other professions, who want to develop their understanding of the theory, research, practices and policy of TESOL and education more broadly. Our programme will support you to develop your knowledge and understanding, prepare you for further research and provide a firm foundation for developing your career in TESOL and associated disciplines.

You will learn and work in a variety of ways to further your understanding. This includes lectures, seminars, workshops, peer-led activity, microteaching, and students will have the opportunity to observe TESOL practitioners in local English language institutes. All modules are assessed through course work – there are no final examinations. Assessments are varied and include essays, online projects, portfolios and group or individual presentations.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

1. To support your development as autonomous professionals
2. To provide knowledge, understanding and skills for students to analyse educational policy, theory and practice.
3. To provide students with the procedural knowledge to develop conceptual understanding and analyse data
4. To provide the organisational and transferable skills central to professional autonomy.
5. To support your ability to define and evaluate complex educational issues drawing on national and international perspectives.
6. To equip you with the methodological knowledge needed to select appropriate methods to conduct research.
7. To provide you with knowledge and skills needed to apply theory to practice.

4. Programme Structure

The MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is a 1-year full-time programme of study at Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level 7 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). This programme has 1 stage. Each stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.
APCL and APEL procedures that meet national standards are also available to students. 

Programme organisation and requirements

Full-time candidates are required to complete three terms of full-time study and to satisfy the examiners in coursework at the end of the three terms of study. All full-time students are also required to undertake the Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation module EFPM329 (60 credits) and submit this, normally up to 12 months from the date of initial registration. EFPM329 is exempt from condonement.

Students have the option to follow this programme on a part-time basis over a maximum of two years

Interim Awards
Students undertaking the Master of Education in TESOL can exit the programme after 60 credits (PGCert) or 120 credits (PGDip). Students can also enter the programme on the lesser awards of PG Cert TESOL (60 credits) or PG Dip TESOL (120 credits).  

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/education/tesolmed/

All modules other than the core module EFPM329 are condonable. A total of 45 credits from the total 180 credits for the MEd are permitted to be condoned. No modules are condonable for the PGCert and PGDip awards.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Stage 1


Stage 1: 120 credits of compulsory modules, and 60 credits of optional modules

 

Compulsory Modules

Included withinin the 120 credits of core, students must choose one of the following two modules:

a - EFPM280 Developing Practical Knowledge for TESOL Teaching OR EFPM266 Principles of Language Learning for TESOL. Students with LESS than two years teaching experience must take EFPM280. Students with MORE than two years teaching experience take EFPM266.


For students attending the programme as part-time there is a set order to take the modules across two stages:

Core Modules taken in stage 1
EFPM295 and EFPM268
EFPM329 is started

Core Modules taken in stage 2
EFPM280 OR EFPM266
EFPM329 is completed

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM295 Language Analysis for TESOL 15No
EFPM268 Developing an Appropriate Language Teaching Methodology 15No
EFPM280 Developing Practical Knowledge for TESOL Teaching [See note a above]30No
EFPM266 Principles of Language Learning for TESOL [See note a above]30No
EFPM329 Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation 60No
EFPM200 SoE Success for All 0No

Optional Modules

Students may select any combination of option modules up to the maximum of 60 credits.

The availability of all modules is subject to timetable, staffing and other constraints, including financial viability as determined by student recruitment and fees. Module availability is thus subject to permission from the Director of Education.

 

For students attending the programme as part-time:

Option modules stage 180 credits of options are chosen from the list below

Option modules stage 2
30 further credits of options not already attempted are chosen from the list below

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM311 Principles and Practices of Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design 15No
EFPM313 Issues in English Language Teaching 15No
EFPM292 Bilingual and Multilingual Perspectives on Language Learning and Teaching 15No
EFPM787 Teaching English to Young Learners 15No
EFPM835 Foreign Language Testing and Assessment 15No
EFPM837 Teaching and Researching English for Academic Purposes 15No
EFPM269 Developing Language Teachers 15No
EFPM330 Technology, Learning and Pedagogy 15No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Identify and evaluate educational concepts and issues related to their specific field of study and engage in critical debate about current educational issues, drawing on evidence from theory, research and practice.

  1. Lectures, seminar, group activities, tutorials and directed activities in professional contexts. Use of study guides and packs of reading.
  • Formative assignments (e.g. critical reading of literature, small scale enquiries). Summative assessment through written assignments.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

2. Analyse the relationships between policy, theory and practice in a range of educational contexts and contribute to policy, practice and curriculum development in the workplace.
3. Select appropriate research methods for their research projects and investigate issues in teaching and learning and communicate the findings.

2 and 3 - Lectures, seminar, group activities, workshop tutorials and directed activities in professional contexts. Use of study guides and packs of readings and/or on-line resources.

Formative activities (e.g. small scale enquiries and directed activities). Summative assessment through written assignments (e.g. based on formative activities) showing interaction between theory and practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Deploy a range of personal and professional skills relevant to the workplace and identify and justify solutions to educational problems relevant to their area of study.

4 - Lectures, seminar, group activities, tutorials and directed activities in professional contexts. Use of study guides and packs of readings.

Formative activities (e.g. small scale enquiries and directed activities). Summative assessment through written assignments (e.g. based on formative activities) showing interaction between theory and practice.

7. Programme Regulations

The award will normally be based on the degree mark formed from the credit weighted average marks across all modules.

 

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you on individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support for the duration of the programme and extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Student/Staff Liaison Committee enables students & staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

 

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

The Master of Education is normally offered to qualified educational professionals and those with equivalent qualifications. Applicants for admission shall hold a good first degree and shall: --

 - be qualified teachers;

 and/or

 - hold equivalent professional qualifications;

 and/or

 - possess an appropriate qualification which enables them to undertake the professional masters degree;

Applicants for admission to the MEd TESOL (Summer Intensive) programme shall have the equivalent of two years full-time experience of working in an educational or training setting.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must fulfil the minimum standards for competence in English language

(for reading, writing, speaking and listening) stated in the entry requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in any section)

 

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

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13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges review the quality and standard of teaching and learning in all taught programmes against a range of criteria through the procedures outlined in the Teaching Quality Assurance (TQA) Manual Quality Review Framework.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

19. UCAS Code

Not applicable to this programme.

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

Level 1

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/06/2002

Date of last revision

30/03/2023