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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

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

(Note:  Dates listed are tentative and subject to change.)

  • 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 & Writing

This course looks at the 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.


Pedagogical 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 on second language learning.  Issues such as learner motivation, affect, aptitude and learner response to feedback are explored.


Language for Specific Purposes

A study of the theory and practice of developing courses for adult learners with specific professional or academic purposes for learning a language.


Learner Autonomy and Learner 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.


Classroom Research

This course focuses on the role of teachers as researchers who are seeking to assess and improve their classroom teaching/learning environment.


Teaching Young Learners

This course looks at the teaching of young learners in a second or foreign language context focusing on a theoretical framework and an understanding of aspects of how children learn a second/foreign language. The implications and application of these theories will be related and applied to individual classroom contexts.

Note:  Courses are subject to change

*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 details are subject to change.

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 courses listed below:


Language Assessment

A study of the theory and practice of language assessment, with particular reference to classroom learning. Both formal tests and a range of alternative procedures are covered, having consideration for the purpose of the assessment and the requirements of the learning environment.


Task-Based Language Teaching

Task-based language teaching (TBLT) has been extensively researched and adopted. This course draws on research and classroom perspectives to explore teaching through tasks. and adults.


Language Curriculum Design

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the processes, issues and options of language course design and evaluation.


Teaching and Learning Vocabulary

This course involves the study of the direct and indirect learning and teaching of vocabulary through the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

*Courses are subject to change

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. 


  • All fees are subject to change at any time without notice; 
  • 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;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

b)    Payment of fees

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

c)    Refund policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • 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;
  • 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
  • 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 returned to RELC by:

(1)      Email

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(2)      Registered mail


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


Closing Date

The closing date for application has been extended to 15 December 2015.