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Programme Specification for the 2023/4 academic year

MEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Part-time)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMEd Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Part-time) Programme codePTD2EDUEDU29
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2023/4
Campus(es)Other
St Luke's (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The part-time 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 the knowledge, understanding and skills for you to analyse educational policy, theory and practice
3. to provide you 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 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.

The aims of the programme are:

4. Programme Structure

Credits and awards

The Master of Education in TESOL is a 180-credit programme taken at Level 7. Students undertaking the Master of Education 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 (60 credits) or PG Dip (120 credits). APCL and APEL procedures that meet national standards are also available to students.

Programme organisation and requirements

Part-time candidates are required to complete six terms of part-time study and to satisfy the examiners in coursework at the end of the six terms of study. All part-time students are also required to undertake the Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation module EFPM329 (60 credits) and submit this, normally up to 24 months from the date of initial registration. EFPM329 is exempt from condonement.

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).  

All modules other than EFPM329 are condonable. No more than a quarter of credits from the total 180 for the MEd are permitted to be condoned, as per the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual.

 

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/

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 + 2: 60 credits of compulsory modules

Code

Title

Credits

Compulsory

Non-Condonable

EFPM329

Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation

60

Yes

Yes

Stage 1


Compulsory Modules

On top of your studies for EFPM329, you will take 30 further credits of core modules, totalling 60 core credits for the Stage.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM329 Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation 60Yes
EFPM295 Language Analysis for TESOL 15No
EFPM268 Developing an Appropriate Language Teaching Methodology 15No

Optional Modules

30 credits of optional modules

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

Stage 2


Compulsory Modules

Finishing your studies on EFPM329, you will also take EITHER EFPM280 or EFPM266, totalling 60 compulsory credits for Stage 2.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM329 Preparing for TESOL Inquiry and Dissertation 60Yes
EFPM266 Principles of Language Learning for TESOL Students with more than two year teaching experience - Compulsory if not taken in Stage 130No
EFPM280 Developing Practical Knowledge for TESOL Teaching Students with less than two year teaching experience - Compulsory if not taken in Stage 130No

Optional Modules

30 credits of optional modules - those completed in Stage 1 are NOT to be repeated.

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
EFPM835 Foreign Language Testing and Assessment 15No
EFPM269 Developing Language Teachers 15No
EFPM787 Teaching English to Young Learners 15No
EFPM330 Technology, Learning and Pedagogy 15No
EFPM311 Principles and Practices of Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design 15No
EFPM313 Issues in English Language Teaching 15No
EFPM837 Teaching and Researching English for Academic Purposes 15No
EFPM292 Bilingual and Multilingual Perspectives on Language Learning and Teaching 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. 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.
2. Select appropriate research methods for your research projects, investigate issues in teaching and learning and communicate the findings
3. Design and conduct a rigorous ethical enquiry into a relevant and approved area of study in TESOL or related areas

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:

1. 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.
2. 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:

1. 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

Lecture, seminar materials and additional resources are available on ELE pages for each module. You are also able to access the library on campus or through the electronic library pages. The St Luke’s Campus library houses Education. You will be given advice about accessing educational journals and databases during modules, research methods sessions and supported in this by your dissertation supervisor. The campus also provides access to computers and printers. There is a print shop on campus where you can get photocopying or printing done. Details of all campus facilities can be found on the GSE website.

Personal and Academic tutoring: It is University policy that all Faculties 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 and the programme director.

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.

(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 (Part-time)

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

23. Dates

Origin Date Date of last revision

01/05/2015