Manchester Metropolitan University: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics

InstitutionManchester Metropolitan University View institution profile
Department Languages, Linguistics and TESOL View department profile
Telephone 0161 247 6969
Study type Taught


The MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics is an exciting and innovative course that is designed to equip you with the skills essential for a career in one of the world's fastest growing professions.

The course is delivered by lecturers with years of experience in English language teaching and postgraduate supervision.

Learner-centred teaching allows you to reflect on the practice and theory of TESOL with expert support, in light of the most recent advances in understanding of language teaching and learning. The programme combines the study of theories, methods and materials with a detailed analysis of language and an awareness of practical research methods. It will prepare you for work in multiple educational environments and is also an excellent preparation for further postgraduate study.

**Features and Benefits**
- Study in a truly international environment. Recent courses have had students from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Korea, Libya, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Thailand.

- Benefit from a strong focus on the practical realities of classroom teaching and learning, using a problem-solving approach.

- Teaching is in small classes, allowing a good balance of individual, team and group work. You will have the opportunity to join in seminars involving discussion, debates, presentations, video-based activities, and practical research projects.

- Receive guidance throughout your studies, including extensive support in the form of tutorials, feedback on assignments, writing and study skills sessions, dissertation workshops, study group feedback and personal consultations to help you make the most of your studies.

Key skills developed include:
- Ability to communicate inter-culturally and across various social groups.

- Development of capacity for community involvement and social responsibility.

- Ability to unveil ideological and power positions embedded and coded in language use.

- Ability to explore notions of correctness and attitudes towards language use.

- Appreciation of the inherent variation within language and the concept of language change over time.

- Understanding how language is used across different social groups and development of skills for successful communication across such sectors.

- Emphasis on in-depth critical analysis of current social data from various social contexts such as media, institutions, private sphere, etc.

- Development of techniques for collection of data and analysis using appropriate packages where necessary (such as statistical packages, corpus tools, etc.).

Other transferable skills include:
- Ability to construct, justify and manage an argument.

- Working as a team to achieve common goals.

- Using initiative and working independently.

- Ability to recognise and solve problems.

- Self-management with the ability to carry out personal reflection.

- Time-management and organisation skills.


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