There are several options if one wishes to take an MA TESOL. The course normally takes one year, and it involves studying and research teaching methods at a higher education institution.
Why take an MA TESOL?
There is surprisingly little written about CPD for English language teachers. Which leaves some in the dark as to how to improve their prospects in TEFL. One concrete way to open up new job opportunities is obtain a post-graduate qualification. Admittedly, an MA TESOL is not the only option, but it is a respected and demanding course.
It’s also an intellectually stimulating program involving a balance of teaching methodology and linguistic research. Being a Master’s course, a dissertation must be written on a relevant subject.
Who can take an MA TESOL?
Specific student criteria depend on the course provider, but typically the course is aimed at those with a few years’ experience of teaching English. As it is a postgraduate course, a first class undergraduate degree is normally required.
The workload is heavy, and it is an intellectually demanding program of study, so considerable time and motivation are required from the student. The course is not limited to native English speakers, however. An excellent standard of English is essential, but international students are generally welcomed.
Where can I study for an MA TESOL?
There are many course providers throughout the UK and abroad. Some major institutions include:
Alternatively, you might want to consider studying for an MA in TESOL via distance learning. I will discuss the pros and cons of this method next week.