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Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
29 Feb 2016 - 26 Feb 2017

A one-year full-time programme jointly offered by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and SEAMEO RELC

Our Master of Arts in TESOL programme aims to provide educators with in-depth knowledge and tools to advance their skills in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Excellent opportunities to explore key research in the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics are provided. The programme is designed to equip educators with research-based principles for teaching and learning in a language learning classroom. Taught by internationally recognized researchers, supported by their own extensive language teaching and learning experiences, our programme bridges the gap between research knowledge and the application of skills.


Programme Overview


By the end of the programme, graduates should be able to:

  • Prepare and critically assess teaching materials;
  • Plan a programme of language study;
  • Account for individual differences and difficulties in language learning;
  • Monitor and assess learners’ progress;
  • Advise teachers on effective procedures and interventions;
  • Read and evaluate research, theory and descriptions of classroom practice in language teaching; and
  • Plan and carry out their own small-scale empirical research studies. 

Period and Nature of Study

  • The programme will begin on 29 February 2016 and end on 26 February 2017.  Students are required to attend 34 weeks of compulsory residential school:
    • Weeks 1-34   (29 Feb-14 Oct 2016)         :  Residential
    • Weeks 35-52 (17 Oct 2016-26 Feb 2017):  On-line

Students will complete the on-line courses in their home country during weeks 35—52. 

  • It is a blended full-time one-year programme which consists of two face-to-face courses and two blended courses taught at RELC, and four on-line courses.  Each course is worth fifteen points. 

Description of Courses 

Students are required to complete eight compulsory courses:




Teaching Reading and Writing

Examination of the principles behind the effective teaching of reading and writing skills in another language and the application of these principles in the preparation and use of teaching materials.


Teaching and Learning Grammar

An analysis and evaluation of diverse pedagogical interventions intended to facilitate grammar acquisition, with a view to helping practitioners optimise their design of course materials and classroom activities.


Learners and Second Language Learning

This course looks at the role of the learner and the effect of individual differences in second language learning.  Issues such as learner motivation, affect, aptitude and learner response to feedback are explored.


Teaching and Learning Vocabulary

A study of vocabulary in language learning and teaching, including questions regarding selection, factors that influence incidental acquisition, strategies for deliberate learning and teaching, and assessment of vocabulary knowledge.  


Learner Autonomy and Learning Strategies

This course introduces the principles and practices associated with learner autonomy and learner strategies in language learning. A key emphasis will be placed on how the theories and research covered can be translated into classroom practice.


Computer-assisted Language Learning

This course engages participants in a critical examination of theoretical and practical issues in Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL). Students will develop an understanding about using, evaluating and designing digital materials and tools for language learning and teaching. Students will also engage in creative thinking by undertaking a CALL project.


Teaching Young Learners

This course looks at the teaching of English to young learners in a second or foreign language context focusing on the development of a theoretical framework and understanding of how children learn a second/foreign language. The implications and applications will be related to individual teachers' classroom contexts.


Classroom-based Research for Language Teachers

This course focuses on the role of teachers as researchers who are seeking to assess and improve their classroom teaching/learning environment. It combines current reflective language teaching theory with the development of a hands-on action research plan.


*Guidelines (e.g. topic, length, format, etc.) for the preparation of assignments will be provided by the lecturers.


Programme Requirements

To complete the programme successfully, a candidate must:

a)    Obtain a pass in all eight courses;

b)    Satisfy class attendance requirements; and

c)    Complete all on-line tasks, where applicable.

A programme participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature. 


Programme of Study 

Programme participants must satisfactorily complete all eight courses as listed.


Programme Award

The programme will lead to the award of a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages conferred by the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.


Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the programme are:

a)    Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics, English Language, Education or a language other than English (or another relevant degree);

b)    At least 2 years of professional experience in language education or other areas of applied linguistics;

c)    Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics conferred by SEAMEO RELC (those with equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis). Applicants who do not meet this requirement would have to complete 4 additional on-line ourses listed below:

  1. Language Assessment
  2. Special Topic: Task-Based Language Teaching
  3. Special Topic: English for Academic Purposes
  4. Discourse Analysis

d)    For students from non-English speaking backgrounds, an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 is required.


a) Fee components   



Registration fee

S$128.40 (inclusive of GST)

Tuition fee

NZD$18,800.00# (inclusive of GST)

# Please note that fees are subject to change and candidates are required to pay the tuition fees in Singapore dollars at point of collection.  The exchange rate chargeable would be determined by RELC. 

Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high. 


  1. All fees are subject to change at any time without notice; 
  2. RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  3. RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  4. Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

b)    Payment of fees

  1. The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  2. Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  3. Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  4. An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.

c)    Refund policy

  1. The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  2. Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  3. An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  4. Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  5. Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.


Two copies of each of the following documents must be submitted:

Application Form A238 (completed and endorsed)

Victoria University of Wellington Application to Study as an International Student

Medical Examination Form A228 (1 original and 1 copy)

Copies of your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution

Copies of your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)

Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)

Copies of your passport, certified by your institution

Copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)

The above documents should be submitted to RELC by email and registered mail:

(1)      Email


(2)      Registered mail


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SEAMEO Regional Language Centre (RELC)
30 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258352
Republic of Singapore


Closing Date

Application for 2016 intake is now closed. Application for 2017 intake will commence in July 2016.