Master of Arts in TESOL – Dual Awards from IBES and UCAM

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The Master of Arts in TESOL is a 90 ECTS credits programme delivered by Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES) and with dual awards from Institut Brittany d’Enseignement Supérieur (IBES) and Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM).

The Master of Arts in TESOL has been designed to look at the various approaches, theories, principles, and pedagogical constructs in the Teaching of English as a Second Language to others whose first language is other than English.

Awards to be conferred

  1. Master of Arts in TESOL from IBES – View Sample Certificate
  2. Titulo Propio – Master of Arts in TESOL from UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia View Sample Certificate
  3. Titulo Propio – Master of Arts in TESOL from UCAM Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia View Sample Transcript

Aims

The Master of Arts in TESOL has been designed to provide learners with an introduction to current research, theories, principles and practices in the teaching of the English Language. It will enable them to acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a second/ foreign language, and will prepare them to engage independently and critically with current language teaching and research issues. It will give learners the research skills they need to investigate language learning, and tools that will help them to reflect on their practice and develop their individual pedagogy and advance their career in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

The 6 core modules will allow learners to develop in-depth knowledge of approaches to second-language teaching, theories of second-language learning, research methods, and ways to analyse the linguistic systems of English for teaching purposes. This will give them a solid foundation of professional knowledge and expertise in preparation for a teaching placement and provide skills to continue their professional development.

The dissertation will allow them to connect the knowledge acquired on the programme to specialist areas such as teaching methodology, lesson planning, language assessment, the development of teaching materials, and teaching English in a variety of contexts.

Programme Learning Outcomes

The programme aims to provide an opportunity for learners to understand the teaching of English through an investigation of the links between theory, practice, and current research. Specifically, upon successful completion of the programme, learners will be able to:

In relation to subject content

  • Exhibit knowledge of the current methods employed in the field of TESOL;
  • Articulate the rationale, purpose, and strength of various methodological approaches to English teaching;
  • Apply the methods studied in class to the teaching of both oral and written skills in a language classroom;
  • Develop materials and curricula that enhance accuracy and fluency in a language; and
  • Analyse their own performance as teachers.

In relation to academic and graduate skills

  • Engage critically with academic and language teaching publications;
  • Formulate critical and balanced arguments orally and in writing;
  • Undertake problem identification and solving activities;
  • Undertake and report short, empirical data collection and analysis work appropriately;
  • Demonstrate effective planning and time management;
  • Use ICT and education technology;
  • Develop confident and well-informed language teaching practitioners; and
  • Extend disciplinary learning and applied language research skills.

Assessments

The modules are assessed through a work-based management report, assignments and/or case studies or simulations.

The work-based management report shall be between 3,500 – 4,000 words.

Entry Requirements

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree qualification in any subject from a recognised institution**; OR
  2. A professional qualification equivalent to a degree and a minimum of two years of working experience.
  3. Demonstrate English Language proficiency in order to participate in the programme taught in English.

** A qualification from a recognised university is a degree or diploma that has been awarded by an institution that is accredited or otherwise recognised by a relevant authority of the country.

Proficiency in English include either a recognised English proficiency testing score of IELTS overall band of 5.5 or equivalent. Those having undertaken either an undergraduate or professional qualification taught and assessed in English will also be accepted as having met the English proficiency.

Relevant working experience includes teaching and managing the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Subject to the final approval of IBES, any potential student that has done a qualification examined in English at European Qualification Framework ( EQF) level 3 and above would satisfy the English requirement.

For those that are not able to provide the above proof of English, an English test administered by ESOL Awards is available and on passing this at B2 level, the learner would satisfy the English language requirement. Please contact IBES for details.

Advanced Standing/ Exemptions/ Credits Transfer (APL)

Consideration for the above for students admitted onto the programme may be considered either at the beginning of a programme, or beyond the beginning of a programme, through an assessment of that student’s prior learning, whether certificated or un-certificated experiential learning. The process for making such a decision known as the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a matter of academic judgment exercised by the appointed panel considering applications and approvals of APL. Where cohorts of students are to be admitted with advanced standing on a regular basis, the arrangement should be subject to an Academic Progression Agreement.

Programme Structure

The rigorous and dynamic curriculum of the Master of Arts in TESOL is designed to give learners mastery in the academic disciplines and applied functional areas critical for success in teaching English to speakers of other languages. Specifically, the programme is made up of 6 taught modules of 10 ECTS credits each and a 30 ECTS credits dissertation.

CORE MODULESECTS
Principles of Second Language Acquisition10
Introduction to General Linguistics10
Approaches and Strategies for Language Teaching10
Design, Evaluation and Assessment in TESOL10
Digital Technology in Second Language Education10
Research Methodology in Second Language Learning10
Dissertation30
Total90

Each module is an immersive experience through which learners explore new ideas and develop their own thinking and applications.

Mode of Delivery

* The Mode of Delivery is either fully online or blended learning, where some face-to-face classes are conducted at IBES centres outside France.

Blended Delivery Mode

Self-Instructional Learning MaterialFace-to-Face TutorialsOnline Discussions
Students are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study, which can be downloaded from the designated Learning Portal.Face-to-Face classes are conducted at a learning centre for 12 hours per module.Learners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module.

Fully Online Mode

Self-Instructional Learning MaterialOnline Discussions
Students are given a complete set of learning materials to facilitate independent study, which can be downloaded from the designated Learning Portal.Learners are encouraged to participate in online discussions with other learners and their tutors for at least 18 hours per module.

Location

For the Blended Mode, please Contact Us to find an Approved Learning Centre near you.

For the Fully Online Mode, please Apply Now to sign up for the next available intake.

Notional Hours

Notional hours are defined in terms of the amount of time it should take a learner to achieve the learning outcomes. Each ECTS credit requires, on average, 25 notional hours of a learner’s time.

Guide to Learning Hours / Student Learning Time
This MA (TESOL) Programme requires 90 ECTS credits. The MA in TESOL has 6 taught modules and a Dissertation or 2500 notional hours in total. The programme can be completed within 18 months.

Pricing

  • Online       €6,600
  • Blended    €8,800

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