TESOL Distance

Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.39 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 16.8 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jun 26, 2024
StudyQA ranking:4127 Duration:24 months

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Lancaster has a world-wide reputation for excellence in research on language teaching and second language acquisition. Staff members Martin Bygate, Judit Kormos , Andrea Révész, Gila Schauer and Alan Waters have led and contributed to numerous national and international projects in the field of foreign and second language teaching and learning. They have also authored a number of well-known and popular books and articles on language teaching methodology and the study of second language acquisition.

The Lancaster ELT 'brand' is widely recognised by employers throughout the world as a mark of quality. Many former Lancaster MA TESOL students are now in leading language teaching positions in their home institutions in many parts of the world, as well as in Ministries of Education, curriculum development centres, research posts, and so on.

Our web-based MA TESOL programme is designed to build on our many years of experience of offering our very successful face-to-face on-campus MA TESOL programme, and mirrors it closely in terms of structure, content and methods of study, incorporating a new assessed research methods module which acts as link between the taught modules and the dissertation phase. The difference is that you do not have to leave your workplace to pursue your studies in Lancaster. It offers you the opportunity for part-time distance learning and for basing your coursework and dissertation on issues and problems in your own educational context.


* To provide a thorough introduction to academic research and thinking of relevance to TESOL.
* To identify issues of contemporary interest in the field of TESOL, and develop enlightened attitudes towards them.
* To develop expertise in handling applied linguistic procedures for conducting evidence-based enquiry within the field of TESOL.

The programme is entirely web-based. The course begins in late September, with an orientation session conducted on the Internet. This familiarises you with the requirements of the programme and of web-based learning, and also introduces you to your tutors and fellow students.

There are five taught modules, taken in this order:

* Second Language Acquisition (October-December, Year 1)
* Pedagogical Grammar (January - March, Year 1)
* Trends and Issues in Language Teaching Methodology (April - June, Year 1)
* Curriculum Design and Teacher Development in Language Education (October - December, Year 2)
* Second Language Classroom Research (January - March, Year 2)

Each module is completed within a 10-week period and assessed by a 5,000 word assignment.

The final component of the course (from April, Year 2 - September, Year 2) involves a dissertation of 15,000 words, on an area of research relevant to your own teaching context.

Study throughout all of the modules and the dissertation component is comprehensively supported by members of the Lancaster teaching staff, through supervised web-based group discussions and individual academic supervision.

Academic: upper-second class degree or higher or equivalent, in a relevant specialism (language studies or linguistics-oriented ones preferred)Experience: Foreign language teaching experience of two or more years English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 93 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

We offer a range of scholarships awarded directly through our faculties and departments. The majority of these scholarships offer support towards fees, although some may also contribute towards living costs.

Competition for these scholarships is mainly based around academic performance and the number of scholarships and studentships offered varies from year to year. Follow the links below for further information.

* BAFTA Scholarship Programme
* IELTS scholarship 2014 - Thailand
* IELTS 25th Anniversary Scholarship 2014 - Malaysia
* British Association for Irish Studies Postgraduate Bursaries
* IELTS Scholarships award 2014
* The Dover Fund
* Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
* Altajir Trust Scholarships
* Canada Memorial Foundation Scholarships
* Italian Cultural Association Scholarships
* Muriel Taylor Cello Scholarship
* Stuart Hollander Scholarship
* Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Scholarships
* The George Drexler Foundation Grants
* Stationers' Foundation Postgraduate Bursary Scheme
* Society for Theatre Research
* Queen Elizabeth Craft Scholarships
* Commonwealth Scholarships
* Charles Wallace India Trust
* AHRC Block Grant Partnerships


Lancaster University is the highest placed UK university in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking of the worlds best young universities.

Ranked 10th, a climb of 4 places, Lancaster is the highest ranked of only 14 UK universities to be listed.

Lancaster Universitys Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith welcomed the success: This is a great result for us as we celebrate Lancasters 50th anniversary . Lancaster is a dynamic, young and forward looking university which has seen incredible success in just 50 years.

Other UK universities in the table include Warwick (12th), the University of Essex (22nd), Brunel University (29th) and the University of Bath (joint 34th).

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: The academy's traditional, ancient elite should be warned many of the exciting young universities on this forward-looking list do not see their youth as a disadvantage in the global knowledge economy. While they may not have had centuries to accumulate wealth and cannot draw on generations of alumni and rich traditions of scholarship to drive their reputations, they are free from the burdens of history: free to be more agile, lean, flexible and risk-taking, giving them an advantage in a rapidly changing global marketplace; free to offer innovative teaching and focus their research on niche, high-impact areas.

Lancaster University is also the leading university in the North West according to The Complete University Guide 2015.

Lancaster is ranked 11th in the ranking of 123 UK universities, ahead of all other universities in the North West.

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